Monday, March 16, 2009

Did Beyonce perform on the U.K. show, "Mini Pops" in the 1980's?

"Minipops was a television series broadcast in 1983 on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. Focused primarily for younger viewers, it consisted of music performances on a brightly coloured set, featuring preteen children singing pop music hits of the time as well as older classics. The children were usually made to look like the original performers, including the clothing and make-up."

"In response the programme started to draw criticism from commentators in the British media who suggested that portraying children in this manner, singing songs that often contained a subtext of adult content, was somewhat sinister (one caller on Channel 4's Right to Reply programme fumed, "Minipops should be called MiniWhores. Are you people out of your mind?")[1]. Also the Daily Mail claimed that the Minipops were partly responsible for "the slaying of childhood". The following is an excerpt from The Observer article of 27 February 1983:

"Is it merely priggish to feel queasy at the sight of primary school minxes with rouged cheeks, eye make-up and full-gloss lipstick belting out songs like torch singers and waggling those places where they will eventually have places? The final act of last week's show featured a chubby blonde totlette, thigh-high to a paedophile, in a ra-ra skirt and high heels; her black knickers were extensively flashed as she bounced around singing the words 'See that guy all dressed in green/He's not a man, he's a loving machine.' Kiddieporn, a shop-window full of junior jailbait? And does the show thrust premature sexual awareness onto its wide-eyed performers?"



  1. There's a clip on youtube of Solange giving a interview in the UK. Beyonce appears via video to congratulate her sister. The interviewee shows a slideshow of Beyonce and Solange as Kids (standing in a yard). And check this out, Beyonce and Solange is dress just like a mini-pop!


  2. I posted this video link on the "HOB" blog. I am checking to see if Matthew had it taken down.