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February 8th, 2010
07:32 AM ET

7-Year-Old Samba Queen

Julia Lira is at the center of a national controversy in Brazil. A samba group chose her to lead its performance at next week’s Carnival. She’ll wear a mini-skirt and make-up, stay up late, and dance a dance most would call suggestive. And she’s 7 years-old. The girl’s parents say she’s just a girl who loves to dance. But now a family judge is trying to decide whether to block Julia’s participation. 

Our question: Should this little girl be allowed to lead the Samba at Carnival?

Post your comments here. Brooke Baldwin (in for Kyra) will read some of your comments in the 10am ET hour.

Starting at 11am ET, Tony Harris will have the results from our Quick Vote.

Should Julia be allowed to lead the Samba at Carnival?

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  1. Hinds

    This ie a little girl and she is way too young what is wrong with these parents? who are trying to make their children adults before pubity? If they are seeking fame and fortune why not use the more senior person? and that should be the mother.

    February 8, 2010 at 7:41 am |
  2. muiks

    7 is a little young, but if her parents and she approves, that should be taken into consideration.

    February 8, 2010 at 7:47 am |
  3. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Yes the little girl is just a child performer if America has such high standards then maybe they should take a closer look at our own child performers and actors who create R rated movies we have no place to mouth off at other people .

    February 8, 2010 at 7:53 am |
  4. Bob Gay

    Can't we let kids just enjoys their childhood without making them inti adults before their time. Maybe i;m just too old but 16 would be a nice age limit to put on someone to lead the parade.......

    February 8, 2010 at 9:06 am |
  5. Coleen K.

    I'm siding with the Brazilian family court's outrage. This girl is too young to be displayed so publicly and provacatively. It's as inapproapriate as the children's beauty pagents in the U.S. Watch several minutes of the TV show "Toddlers & Tiaras", and there's a good chance you will feel creeped out by these little girls costumes and suggestive dances. I'm glad someone has finally called the parents on their decision to objectify their young children.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  6. David D. (thenextprez2012)

    Hey it's the Brazilian culture. Let 'em go

    February 8, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  7. James

    I think adults are acting like children.
    This young girl just wants to dance. Its completely innocent to her and she's having fun. All of you children yelling about how its inappropriate are what makes it inappropriate so grow the heck up and stop acting like children,. If it wasn't your for your bad thoughts, this would be a young girls chance of a lifetime and something she would never forget!
    You people are destroying a wonderful experience for this girl and I think its terrible!!

    February 8, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  8. Steven Lentini

    this is completely acceptable. i do not feel like this is sexual and it does not intend to be. i think miley cyrus' 9-yr old sister coming out with a lingerie line for pre-teens is far more unacceptable and bordering on porn.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  9. HS

    What do you all care if that little girl is the new Brazilian Samba Queen?
    Let her be. This is not happening in the U.S.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  10. Mana

    She's just dancing and having a good time. Mother's FORCE their children to do beauty pageants here in the US all the time, with much more make up and much less clothing and much more suggestive dances for the "talent" portion. How can we judge this Brazilian family?

    February 8, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  11. Alex L.

    Who Cares? She wants to dance? Let her dance!

    Besides, I think I also saw that outfit on that Little Miss Pageant show or whatever its called.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  12. Wendy

    I believe that's when it's called exploitation. A child can dress up and dance anyway she wants to at home infront of her family. But for a carnival, like that, it's a different matter entirely

    February 8, 2010 at 9:52 am |
  13. Randy

    Why should it be a problem for a kid to dance in her culture's traditional style, when lilly white american kids of the same age get dolled up and paraded around in "beauty pageants" all the time ?

    What's the difference ? Where's the outrage over that ?

    February 8, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  14. Kathy O'Rourke

    Gee, when I was in the Brownies we did a Hula with our grass skirts and little bra tops... Who cares? The kid gets a chance to stay up late and feel like she is getting away with something... Now, the drunk party goers... maybe she shouldn't be around them???

    February 8, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  15. Samantha Ronel

    U.S. girls' contests and festivals have girls ages 5-10 dressed much worse and "dancing" way more provocatively than Brasilian samba.

    The grinding, thrusts, and flirty dancing 'talent' and "beauty" contests here show are awful. Not actual latin american dancing. Not even close.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  16. Christa H

    Why do you think it's wrong that this Brazilian girl is doing this when they hold these all pagents all over the USA and dressing up these little girls from ages 2-10 and making them look like they are 25yrs old!!! And they are dressed a whole lot worst and way more make up then this Brazilian girl!!!! Interesting???

    February 8, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  17. Howard P

    We visited Brazil over Christmas and expieranced a Samba club preparing for carnival. This is thier national dance. Let the poor girl alone. There is nothing wrong with her dancing. Just because we as americans don't approve, it is not our place to judge other cultures because they are different that ours or because they don't conform to our customs.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  18. Griffin H.

    While this little girl may be portrayed as too young and wearing inappropriate clothing let us remember that our standards, especially in America, are very high and most parents wouldn't be proud of leading such a dance in a carnival. But to most Brazilian's leading something like this big would be an honor.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  19. Vicki from Canada

    I have no problem with her dancing or the dance style. Dancers start very young..just look at the guest children on Dancing with the Stars.
    I think she should be "covered up" abit more...but then we are talking Brazillian festival.
    This little girl obviously loves to dance...let her dance.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  20. Tzila

    It's a double standard for us here in the US to pass judgement on this issue: just watch the program "Toddlers & Tiaras" on TV! It's Brazil's issue, not ours.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  21. sarah

    I think she should be home in bed sleeping instead of carrying on at adult exhibitions, but who are we to say when children are exhibited in our country too in adult movie and tv shows. Sure they are cute, but they are being robbed of their childhood. It's no wonder this country is in the mess it's in...and I;m not talking about the economy.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  22. Bloodyheck

    IF she was on Dancing with the stars, we'd all be voting for her. So now what? do we take away all the tutu's and dance classes for little girls.

    I think what needs to be looked at is WHY the ones who object think a 7 year old is sexy.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  23. dogrex

    as has been pointed out, check out the little girl beauty pageant business in the US. It is no different than this. If we allow that activity, then the 7-yr old samba queen is okay. Personally, I don't find the dancing provocative, just a sad commentary. Let kids be kids and not a reflection of parents needs.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  24. starlisa14

    If my daughter had the talent of dancing, enjoyed it and had the opportunity to shine, as a parent I would let her participate. It would be noone else's business. This is just another example of everyone from the government to your neighbor trying to control our families and individuals. Get a life!

    February 8, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  25. Wally

    I don't think she should allowed to dance. She is a terrible dancer.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  26. Elizabeth Sims

    I see no reason why this girl should not be allowed lead the samba group. In today’s society girls are already wearing make-up put on by their parents and wear revealing clothing at young ages but at least this young girl is doing something related to her culture and I am sure she will be at least wearing what a bikini (which even 3 year olds wear now) would cover. I'm encouraged to see young people take such an interest in their heritage.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  27. Paul Ferris

    Exploitation of children is a worldwide epidemic lead by the United States and its entertainment standards. Let us lead by example instead of by CNN polls.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  28. Karen Aram

    This issue is not only not "news", it is not our business as its the business of Brazilians. I also question CNN's judgement in reviewing this subject. It appears to me, that showing a 7 year old dancing seductively is more about attracting viewers than any concern for issues of child exploitation. Which makes it a form of child exploitation.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  29. James Martin

    When I see a young girl dressed up like that, I see another potential Jon Bonet Ramsey.
    You know the old saying, "some parents shouldn't be"

    February 8, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  30. Leena

    I don't understand why Americans are making a big deal out of this. Is just a dance in a typical custom. There is nothing wrong with what she is doing and whoever says she shouldn't do it because is a provocative dance should consider revising themselves first. How can you think is provocative? Is just a little girl dancing.

    I think is very hypocritical of Americans to keep bringing this story up when there are shows like toddlers and tiaras or john and kate+8! or when you see girls like Hanna Montana or Britney Spears' sister Don't you see these shows and these girls are really showing how children are being exploted in this country? So stop judging others!

    February 8, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  31. Jeremy

    This display is no less filthy than the pageant community in the United States. If she truly loves to dance and is talented, she found herself a unique opportunity that can bring success. However, if her parents are anything like American pageant parents, they are living their life's shortcomings vicariously through their daughter and grotesquely putting her on display.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:55 am |
  32. JC

    At 7 years old, she does not possess our understanding or our views on the dance and how it presents itself as provocative.. She just believes she is having fun which is what kids are supposed to do at her age. Some choices should be made in regards to her safety, both moral, and psychological.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  33. Sara

    Isn't this like the 'beauty pagents' parents make their daughters do here in the USA? They dress them up suggestively, put tons of makeup on them, and then have them dance and pose for adults (and pedophiles too. Remember JonBenet?).

    It is sick and disgusting, but don't kid yourself, we in the USA exploit little girls too. We sexualize them and then wonder why our culture is the way it is.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  34. Amy

    People are making a big deal out of nothing. Carnaval is an important part of Brazilian culture, celebrated across the entire country. We let 4-yr old girls dance around on stage in leotards. It is no different.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:56 am |
  35. Jayhawk2010

    This is a part of their culture so I say she should be allowed to dance. One must realize that this country is very skeptical due to our few criminals and so called "pedos". I hate those guys just as much as anyone else however, in Brazil, this is an acceptable act by society. Here are the two different scenarios:
    - Brazil: Whoa! look at that little girl. isn't she talented? Her parents must be so proud.

    NOTE: there will most likely be no thoughts of sexuality or concerns about how little garment she may be wearing.

    - USA: Whoa! look at that little girl! i can't believe she is being so provocative!

    SHE IS A CHILD!!! Who cares what she is wearing or how she dances? She doesn't know any better! and guess what? her parents are cool with it too! because they choose to believe that there are more people out there who can appreciate their daughter's talent than those who may have the wrong thoughts with it.

    Sigh America... Sigh...

    February 8, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  36. Angela Tacoma Washington

    Yes Let her dance, it is the sick minds of adults that make the dance dirty, not the child or the dance, it is part of the culture, choosing better hours for the child should be regulated however other than that, our kids in the states talk back, swear and disrespect the parents daily that is what need to be regulated...

    February 8, 2010 at 9:57 am |
  37. wendy rj

    what is provocative is subjective. people its their cultural festival the clip on cnn of her attire is no more revealing than the swim wear we buy every summer for our little girls, how about those ballet outfits...

    February 8, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  38. John fromLondonderry NH

    She should be welcomed to lead the Somba group. If I told someone they were too old to do their job, I would probably be in court. Her costume, I'm sure, will not reveal any personal parts. There have been many dancers such as Julianne and Derek Hough that started very young in competition. Best of luck Julia !!!!

    February 8, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  39. Lionel Y.

    I think it is somehow irrelevant to ask the question to an American public. Brazil is a different country with its manners and values.
    this might be shocking to some of us, but I'd say that as far as the security of the girl is confirmed. I would not understand why would the parents be restrained from allowing their girl to do what she likes.
    so "sassy celebrations" may be but this shouldn't be taken out of context, yes she is young, but her parents are supervising and it is a different country.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  40. karoline

    it think it would be fine because I am a dancer myself. Im polish and in my culture we do dances too,sometimes our shows last all night and their are children younger than seven.the outfit doent bother me because young children wear bikinis its like that.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  41. Roy Boyce

    What a double standard for the US! What about the child pageant circuit across America?. Are these 'toddlers and tiaras' parents being responsible with these young lives? Maybe a better example needs to be set at home.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  42. Tera

    I think the only people looking at it in a bad way are the perverts. Who is looking at a little girl in that way? while I was watching her she never did anything suggestive while I was watching and she looked like everything was covered up. I think that its cute to have a little girl leading the parade...I've seen worse costumes on little girls on halloween...come on people get real.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  43. A.D. from the T-Dot

    Why is this such a big deal? Caribbean and South American culture is usually more risque than the norm, especially during the Carnival season. To me and probably many others, her outfit isn't that bad. If they don't see it as a big deal, why should we? Let them party.

    February 8, 2010 at 9:59 am |
  44. Carter

    Here in America there are elementary aged beauty pageants with some girls even younger than seven! These young girls are being exploited in are society, and in Brazil Julia is just helping her culture celebrate a carnival. I don't think that at her age she should be take this role, but with the way America exploits their own pre-teens in beauty pageants how can we argue?

    February 8, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  45. David Wilson

    Samba is saturated in Sexiness. Letting a child develop within that lifestyle is real life foreshadowing. Just by the news coverage alone I am sure she has already caught a predator's eyes. Wisdom and love would protect a child from such a life.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  46. Dennis

    Do you guys see what mothers do with their young daughters here in the US – those "beauty pageants!!!???" Starting as young as five!

    Carnival comes once a year. And is a big part of the country's culture.

    Beauty pageants here, are not.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  47. Mallory

    this girl is the same age if not older than some of our own american toddler's in tiaras. If you ever have watched tlc show that pretty much has the same concept . watch both and you will see that we are just as bad. up all hours, putting fake teeth etc. I think its fine by me. if she wants to dance for her country and be proud of her heritage then so be it. And my last little comment I think if its not on a school night then its ok by me.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  48. Alana

    I've seen little girls as young as 4 and 5 in beauty pageants in the U.S. dressed the exact same way with short skirts, all made up to look like adults, grinding their hips while dancing just like the the 7-yr old in Brazil. I think this practice is disgusting and harmful no matter where one lives.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  49. Jean

    As a society we should be concerned whenever we see this type of behavior by parents, who allow their underage children to participate in these types of activities. It's dangerous and irresponsible behavior because of the rampant child trafficing for sex in the USA and other countries.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  50. A.D. from the T-Dot

    At least she doesn't have all the disgusting makeup and annoying southern drawl as the children do during the beauty pageants shown on Toddlers and Tiaras. LOL

    February 8, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  51. Nick

    You know this is all BS, we have little miss USA and all the "Beauty Contests" so why can't this little girl do what she loves? Just because of all the sleazeballs who can't watch a little girl have fun. Thier culture is one of music and dance, and ours is of how scantly clad you dress and what others tell you to think; Miss USA anybody? Let us stop being close minded and hipocritical of what goes on around us.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  52. Nana Esi

    I'm suprised CNN has the time to cover this Samba Princess story like its something new. Hasn't anyone in the CNN Newsroom seen or heard about "Little Miss Perfect" and "Toddlers & Tiaras?" What in the world happened to kids dressing and behaving like kids? It's about time parents were chastised for allowing their little children to act and dress like adults. Parents, please stop living your dreams through your children.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  53. Autobotno7

    I've done the Rio carnival; the Brazilians have a complicated and sometimes confusing attitute to sexuality. The "miniskirt saga" (last year) is a good example. I guess the problem is that a typical Samba queen is an attractive woman wearing very little. Imagine a risque version of Beyonce/Marisa Miller/J-Lo leading a parade. To have a young girl in the same role is as appropriate as the dance at the end of Little Miss Sunshine...

    February 8, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  54. Elizangela

    You guys need to understand the carnaval is culture and not about provocative dance, sex is only in dirty mids. The little girl has not been taking away from her childhood she is participating an a culture of her country and for her to be chosen is a special honor. I am Brasilian and grewup in this atmosphere/culture and it did not interfer on my values. So please leave the little girl alone.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  55. Ashley Brown

    Bravo for the Brazilian judge who has the sense to stand up for this exploited child. While I am truly replused that these parents could allow their child to behave so provocatively, this really isn't all that different from the little elementary school cheerleaders or the little pageant princesses whose mothers think it is "cute" for their daughters to behave and dress like adult women. As long as we permit little girls in our own culture to dance, act, and dress sexually before they even hit puberty, we are no better than the parents who think Carnivale is a harmless dance.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  56. Jesse W.

    I see nothing wrong with what I've seen compared to here in America where you have pageants for young girls who wear bikinis, fake teeth, spray tans, makeup, and have dance routines where the kids strip clothing off like strippers. This gets broadcast on cable networks like TLC. At most I think they should change the outfits to not look so adult like and let the little talented little girl dance.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  57. Morgan

    I find it surprising that CNN viewers find a 7 year old's participation in Brazil's carnival offensive when shows like "Toddlers in Tiaras" airs regularily on US stations.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:07 am |
  58. David Landsman

    I just see a little girl having the time of her life; I don't see anything wrong with it. (And yes, I am appalled by the baby beauty pageants we have in the US.) But only Brazilians really have the standing to comment on this question, since Carneval and Samba are so much a part of Brazilian culture. I would be more interested to hear what a poll of Brazilians would reveal.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  59. James russo

    I have no problem with her leading the parade.
    It is part of there culture. The Europeans, southamericans have a much healthier attitude about their sexuality. Americans are so conflicted. Everthing is dirty to us. We are a nation of hypacrites! Just watch tv, every show promotes some kind of sexual tension. Weather it's a kids program or adult,their all the same.
    We sexualize everthing, it's no wonder peaple are having a hard time with this story.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  60. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Oops people think this is bad it's time to shut down Hollywood .Actually its time we get a clue America makes this look like a walk in the park .

    February 8, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  61. Charlie, Houston, Texas

    The Brazilian High Court has strict regulations regarding minors staying up late in parties, concerts and in the Carnival parades, where they must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times.
    Brazilians inherited their love for music and dance from their African ancestors and Carnival is a celebration of life and not at all a provocative, sexually suggestive dance. Next time, let's discuss the alarming increase in teen-pregnancy rates in the USA, specially here in Texas!!!!

    February 8, 2010 at 10:28 am |
  62. Ben

    This is nothing compared to what is taking place in our own country with the toddlers in beauty pageants. Watch clips from the reality shows and you see these young young girls literally dancing suggestively. At least Carnival is a national tradition in Brazil. It is a part of their way of life. What is the excuse here?

    February 8, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  63. Z Dyer

    Absolutely! Not every culture is the same as the US in the world. Who are we to judge what the little girl is doing as inappropriate? I would rather people address all of the violence that kids are subjected to instead of trying to stop a girl from celebrating her heritage.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  64. Rachel

    Honestly, it didn't take place in America so we really can't criticize. It's another culture and they think this is perfectly normal. I think people in America need to get off their high horse and understand that not every society and culture is like ours.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  65. Ruchira

    Why is another country national dance considered as too sexy? Samba is a dance for the soul and if this little girl can give the adults a good competition then who is anyone to raise a finger to it?

    Americans sexualize everything except as to what they themselves promote like beauty competitions for little girls, That is exploitation of chidren not dancing to your national beat!

    Grow up America and come out of your narrow minded cucoon!

    February 8, 2010 at 10:35 am |
  66. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    Yes, if she enjoys it so much nobody should take this dream away from her but the mini-skirt may bring out the pedaphiles. So if I were her parent I would be very careful to watch out for her well being and ask if she could wear a longer dress.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  67. Jay Hollis

    She doesn't appear to be wearing any less than the way parents dress their little girls in this country for a day at the beach. Not saying I agree with it; just a statement of fact.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  68. Jackie B from Alexandria, VA

    I understand why the family courts might be having an issue with it. But exactly what is the issue? The dance, the clothes, the suggestive dance? I think I've been watching a little too much Law and Order: SVU so I have my own thoughts as to what the issue could be. However, we have to take into consideration Brazilian culture and not impose our own.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  69. Rita

    Who are we to judge? American parents have been exploiting their own young daughters in "beauty pageants" for years. This to me seems ever more degrading and abusive than a young Brazilian who appears to really like to dance. She also is not made up to look like she is sixteen instead of seven. Let little girls be little girls everywhere!

    February 8, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  70. Brittany F. (North Carolina)

    As long as her parents are with her during the Carnival and she wants to do it, then let her. I don't see how we in America can be so upset over her dancing in a revealing outfit for one of her country's traditions when here mothers are all too happy to put their daughters of the same age in equally revealing outfits, coat them in make-up and fake hair to make them seem twice their age, then parade them around a stage telling them to act sexy for prizes in beauty pageants.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  71. Katie

    Samba is a traditional dance, which this young girl is learning at a DANCE SCHOOL. She has not been selected for her "skimpy" attire but for the fact that her talent stands out. People in the US certainly shouldn't judge, given the much-more-objectifying little girl beauty pageants. If we are outraged about this, shouldn't we then worry about little girls who are wearing bikinis or laying topless on the beach?

    February 8, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  72. michael

    To me, this is completely natural. Compared with what we have here in the states, the site of some neurotic mom commanding their daughters on those little girl beauty pageants. Can't remember the name of the show, but TLC apparently airs a show that could conceivably be the sickess thing to ever air on TV. 3-5 year old girls dressed like prostitutes. A caught it once and it's be ingrained in my memory.

    This young lady enjoys what she is doing. To her, this is not about fame. She is literally playing with friends.

    We should also note: the cultures btw the US and Brazil are slightly different. Chances are this girl grows up to be just a normal young woman. Not like here in the U.S.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  73. Will

    There's nothing wrong with having a children's category in a contest. Then you have rules that apply specifically to them and that protect them from being exploited. Putting them in an adult contest is an absurd decision

    February 8, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  74. mike sey

    Anyone who thinks this seven-year-old's athletic performance in what amounts to a kid's bathing suit is sexual has a real problem. Now, if you want to take on an issue, take on America's obsession with kiddie beauty pageants and teeny-tot cheerleaders. The pageants are downright obscene for many reasons.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  75. Manny

    I think this is part of the Brazilian Culture. I don't see anything wrong with the dressing, there are beauty paegants here in the US where girls of the same age modeling in bathing suits. What's the difference??

    February 8, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  76. Lloyd Cata

    This is really simple; ask any of the judges of Samba. Part of the criteria in selecting the winner has 'always' been the sexuality of the dancers. For her father to try to change the format of the Carnivale is just exploitation of this little girl for media attention. He has certainly been successful; to the shame of Brazil, his school, and himself.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:54 am |
  77. Rita

    oh sure! sexualize a 7 year old female. then put her up in front of a country full of men. criminal stupidy on all levels.

    February 8, 2010 at 10:57 am |
  78. Mikah

    If the issue is having people watch this 7 year old dance, shouldn't that be over after she's already been viewed by millions of viewers on TV?

    February 8, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  79. LAM

    The fact that she was chosen to be a Brazilian Samba Queen, it's because of her talent and love for dance. Samba Schools normally choose women that knows how to samba but essentially have a beautiful body since they will represent the school wearing a G string costume. Julia is wearing a skirt which is appropriate for her age.

    Samba, like some other cultural dance style (bellydance for an example), can be danced in a suggestive way or in a cultural way. I do not believe she has any intention to be sensual in her movements. She is dancing basic samba steps and some other steps that have origin in the African culture. That's all! Let her show her talent!

    Look at some TV programs and shows in America, before you judge her samba as a suggestive dance: "Toddlers & Tiaras", "Little Miss Pageant"...

    February 8, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  80. esta

    Regarding the 7 yr old samba queen. This is nothing compared to the pageants for beauty using children from 6 months and older dolled up little girls trying to win trophies at a beauty pageant. This is more disgusting that being a samba queen.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  81. Dane

    With all of exploitation of our children, you wouldn't think this would be a difficult answer. Of course not. children should not be put on display in such a manner. Why are we talking about a young girl in another country? There are pageants all of the time here in the United States with young girls dressed the same way. Do we have double standards?

    February 8, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  82. Chris

    Why are we as Americans trying to put our double standards on other cultures. We allow our kids to run around in these beauty pagents all full of makeup and swinsuits, and all of a suddent we object to another culture allowing their children to participate in their country's dance. What CNN really needs to asking is "this really news"

    February 8, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  83. carolyn

    let her do it. i am more offended by parents who oversexualize their children for beauty pagents. have you seen the show toddlers and tiaras? sick.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  84. John from Ohio

    Don't judge their culture and hopefully they won't judge our's. Dancing is a natural and healthy artform and means of expression.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  85. Luciana

    Kids in Brazil are born dancing,boys and girls start dancing before walking...its a tradition in our country and it is the way we express ourselves,let her dance and be happy!!!

    February 8, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  86. Ashley in TX

    I have seen FAR more provocative dancing on "Toddlers & Tiaras". While Julia's dancing may be "provocative", at least there is a cultural background, as opposed to the HIGHLY suggestive dancing commonly seen on "Toddlers & Tiaras".

    February 8, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  87. Vianette

    As a dancer, I don’t see there being a problem. SHE IS WEARING A COSTUME, and it is a part of her culture, and she LOVES doing it. If she did not enjoy dancing she would not be smiling or dancing on stage. If this is wrong then the parents sending their child to beauty pageants are wrong as well. They put them in two piece bathing suits to dance and walk in front of adults as well, and we don’t see anyone complaining. Let the girl enjoy dancing, there is NOTHING wrong.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:04 am |
  88. Rene

    Why is it that every morning when I wake up to watch the news for the day, something like this story has you "polling" a question that you KNOW will generate positive AND negative responses? In my view, this is not our business...it's a custom that we have nothing to do with and it's something that as a news agency, you have chosen to use as a conflict story which will ultimately hurt a little girl and her family with bad press when they are obviously extremely proud for her to have been selected to do this. It's absolutely NO different that all these little child American beauty queens primping and posing, looking like teens parading across a stage for a trophy. At least this little girl's samba involves a tradition and she obviously appears qualified to lead the dance! Just leave it alone.

    Rene from Alabama

    February 8, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  89. Christine

    This "controversy" is silly. What about the pre-school age Hula dancers on display all the time in Hawaii?. We have seen children as young as pre-school doing Hula dances in Hawaii that are just as as provocative in costumes while wearing clothes that are just as bare. I haven't heard any complains about them.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  90. Max Terre

    Overcoming North American cultural myopia and CNN's need to fill every minute of the 24 hour day with SOMETHING, this is a non-story. So, a seven-year-old dances in public, stays up all night, and parties with her parents, the manager of a samba school and a police officer.

    That you could see anything at all sexual in a seven-year-old says much more about you and your culture than it does about the culture of Carnaval in Rio de Janiero.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  91. Bill

    Apparently, CNN has no news of value to report but you talking heads need something to use to again try to enrage your viewers.
    What's wrong with America today are the so called Cable News Channels.
    If you people would shut up, or if you are going to speak, make sure you have the facts first, then America would probably not be in the divisive mess we are currently in.
    You enjoy promoting the hate and discord we see today.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:06 am |
  92. James

    The US needs to concentrate on fixing its own problems with boys and their sagging pants and girls dressing like their looking for the nearest street corner and stop interfering in the affairs and cultural activities of other countries…

    February 8, 2010 at 11:07 am |
  93. Dan from Santa Barbara, Ca

    It's the NATIONAL DANCE for cryin' out loud! Her mother is a police officer! It's not like they are having her perform pole dances! The kid loves to dance so let her! If there is any transference of one's own insecurities about this, then they need to check themselves and maybe take a chill pill!

    February 8, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  94. Andrew W.

    When I first saw this story I was convinced that it is this girls right to lead the somba dance group until I learned that her father was the manager of the dance group.
    Carnival is a wonderful celebration. My wife and I attended just a few years ago. If her dancing is what she wants I say let her dance. If she is pressured by her police officer mom and her manager of the dance troup dad, then I don't think she should dance.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  95. Van

    I don't see anything wrong with this girl dancing the Samba in the Carnivale. She's not alone out there; her parents are right there with her. Her mother is a police officer I think that woman has a good idea of how to keep her child safe while letting her follow her dreams. I think there are other issues far more important than this one.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  96. Donna Stelmach

    Kyra-
    The father, as the owner of the club, is banking on his 7 year old daughter's drawing in the crowds to his club. The parent's are making a profit off their very young child. This is not the first time that parents have been willing to taking away the innocence of their children for the sake of money. They should be ashamed of themselves, & a court should protect her.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  97. Vinks McIntire

    Im sorry but that is a 7 yr old child, a baby. there are perverts out there getting there jollies off watching a baby dance. Any parent who would let their child display herself in such a manner is sick.To think its ok to let a child of any age do this is wrong it does not matter what culture you live in. its just wrong.

    Vinks

    February 8, 2010 at 11:10 am |
  98. frani

    Evil is in the eye of the beholder. Nasty minds will see nasty things. Your judgement only reflects your own nasty thougths. What are YOU thinking?? Get your mind out of the gutter and stop your hypocritical judgment of others. Let the girl dance.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  99. Rod

    No 1 – CNN's presentation of the matter was awful. Children have been dancing on carnaval since the celebration begin a long time ago (it dates form the middle ages) and only now CNN is pointing it as a "problem".
    No2 – It did not start any national controversy like the footage suggests...there has never been anything on that sort and if you happen to see anything in any major news websites in Brazil, it is going to be talking about CNN's report rather than their own. 99% of Brazilian families don't think this is a controversial problem...only a sick person that can find sensuality in a 7 year old will....
    No3 – And guess who is talking about morality....American dirty dancing being done in Brazil would probably be kicked out oo the cheapest brothels...cant get more immoral than that...i guess it is better done in Panamanian soil...
    No4 – Yes...Brazil has problems with sexual exploitation...why does it have to be in the same topic of Carnaval? or a little girl dancing? big slippery slope...Carnaval is a cultural dance that exposes beauty in all levels..but to think that there is any sort of exploitation in the celebration itself is to sicken one of the prettiest cultural manisfestations on Earth. Remember..evil is in the eyes of the beholder...

    February 8, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  100. RIley Bacon

    It is madness to say that the young girl dancing to her nations music is expoitation she is dancingwith a smile having fun. To think of it as provokative is just plain perverted, it is tradtion and culture which America has a hard time relating to. Our pagents are much worse, dressing children who can barly walk in bikinis and to strut down a run way thats exploitation. This girl was choosen because she is a young pasonate dancer who can bring life to the festaval that is CARNIVAL

    February 8, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  101. Sherry

    I’ve been to Brazil and the women there do exploit their kids. A little girl came up to me and asked me for money. I saw her mother send her over to ask. This offended me for the child so I told the child no because it was obvious she was being exploited by her mother. I usually give to people that ask for money in the street but this was just too much. (The mother was sitting at a bar) After I said no the little girl gave me the finger, she could not have been more than four. The man I was with thought that was funny and so did the mother -needless to say we’re divorced now. True story

    February 8, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  102. Sandy

    This little girl reminds me of the Jon Benet Ramsey case. Look what happened to her. This little girl is too young to be dancing and dressed like this and may end up just like the Ramsey girl.

    Sandy

    February 8, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  103. CNN viewer

    A 7 year old up until 3am of course not. For health and safety reasons she should be in asleep. That outfit dancing that late before adults? Who are these adults? Is this happening on school nights?

    February 8, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  104. Sandra Kolic

    This 7 year old samba queen is not more exploited than any of the toddler or tiara in Americas contests. Honestly the contest looks more disgusting than a samba dance loving child. The only inappropriate matter is late hours stay and dancing, all the other aspects are up to her own free will and parents approval.
    Toddlers and Tiaras contests are what Americans should reconsider for exploitation dilemma!!!.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  105. Partne Daugherty

    I am astonished by the hypocrisy of many commenters. While Julia's performance may be a cash cow for her parents' business, how is that any different from Blue Lagoon, etc?

    Apparently, the people failed to look at the cheerleading competitions in the US where girls as young or yoounger than 5 y/o compete in groups with all simultaneously performing hipgrinding and other provocative moves. My 9 y/o niece. Megan, has been doing it for at least that long and is a national competitor and champion that out grinds older girls.

    We find this cute and watch them in awe, yet complain about a small girl in a foreign country performing her national dance. Apparently, they have not seen Miley Cyrus' new song: "Party in the USA".

    Maybe, we should look at our own trends and behavior before we impose our values and criticize other cultures.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  106. Inara Ramin

    Let this 7 year old Samba Queen enjoy her dance glory without the psuedo moral judgements of the US. Here we allow our youngsters to wear jeans so tight there is nothing to the imagination. Watch so much TV they can barely hold a meaningful conversation. There is more sexual and pyschological exploitation of children in the US than in Brazil. We do not have a national dance, but go to Africa and call their dances savage, came to this country and called the Indians and their dances savage. Like Condolessa Rice said, " America has a birth defect..." until the US can rectify that they are not in a meaningful position to question the cultural expressions of other nations. Oh it's okay to have our children spend $50.00 for a Miley Cirus ticket after spending hours watching her on TV.....and if she she falls apart nationa;;y like Brittney Spears...US moral code is a joke

    February 8, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  107. michaeljwjr

    A country with shows like John&Kate +8, 18 and Counting, Beauty Pageants, and every other manner child exploitation for entertainment value has no right to judge a little girl doing what she wants to do in a manner that is consistent with her culture and festivals in full view of her family all the time.

    Her mother is a police officer! How unsafe could it be?

    February 8, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  108. Hanin Sharif

    What happened to kids living their childhood normally? Each thing in our lives happens at a certain time, how could her parents rush her into such an exposing domain? She is very young to live this. And the make-up part? Seriously? Let her indulge herself in a world of innocence, she will fall out of it and then notice that she hasn't lived in it long enough!

    February 8, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  109. A mother

    All of you people that are taking this as an opportunity to attack the US or CNN could careless about that child. You just don’t like the US and one day hopefully very soon we will stop caring.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:27 am |
  110. John Menzie

    I believe she should be allowed to participate. It is not just a matter of exploitation. She worked hard to be able to dance this dance. She is getting judged for her work. She is dancing in her dads club and her mom is a police office and she seems to be enjoying doing it. From this point on they could add a rule that you have to be a certain age to be judged officially or something like that. Many organizations work this way. Someone does something unexpected and then a rule has to be made to regulate that "issue". The shame would be not doing anything because I am sure this will come up again.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  111. Kathryn

    If she's not on display, then why can't she wear a whole dress? There was another dancer in that video who was much older and wearing a much more concealing dress. I danced when I was younger, but my costumes were never so revealing. Some may have been tight, like my ballet leotards, but I was always fully covered.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:30 am |
  112. BridgieQDC

    I think that it's great that the girl enjoys dancing; however, I feel that she should not be performing at such events at this age. The time will come when she's old enough to perform, but to say that no one would look at her inappropriately is far from the truth. There are child predators world wide. I've been to Brazil, and I've attended street carnivals there. There is drinking, dancing and all sorts of things going on that a child should not be exposed to. There is a time for everything.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  113. Inara Ramin

    Somebody in the Brazilian Court must have had a relative who lost the contest...That is the only reason I can see them having an interest. If they have a problem with child exploitation they know where to go....US comments and concerns are not at relevant...We have no national dance or a moral code.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  114. Sandra Kolic

    I do not see any difference in Tiaras dancing than to Julia's.
    The carnival is all about dance not sex!!! The only ones with wrong thoughts are the ones who really are child abusers!!!

    February 8, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  115. susan

    Yes. She's young. But there are a few things that we have to keep in mind. First, we are Americans commenting on another culture. What might seem to us to be unacceptable is fine in other cultures. Things that we consider OK is unacceptable to other cultures.

    One of the main points of this story is that the 7 y/o girl dancing in a suggestive manner might send the wrong message because there are those who would enjoy it too much. By the same standard, we should not have diaper commercials on TV. That's kind of a silly argument.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  116. D. Eddie Haynes

    The level of HYPOCRISY is amazing. I have seen children younger than this 7 year old SAMBA QUEEN in ballet costumes and there is no out cry. I would not comment on those stupid Pageants which are totally ludicrous. Leave the culture of a country to its natives and if you cannot understand it try at least to learn something about before trying to impose your narrow judgements on other countries' cultures. Remember the US is a baby in comparison to other countries where culture is concerned. Carnival is part of the life of the Brazilians.The lass is being adequately supervised .Her dancing in not at all provocative. Maybe some of the critics can pay attention to the inane dress of the lads here in the US..pants almost down to their knees..US CULTURE? continue to dance , lass, and maybe the critics should try to enjoy the exercise and lose some weight...

    February 8, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  117. Louise

    No, it's things like this that leads to child sexual abuse. Then when it happens we all ask how could it happen.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  118. Angie

    The Carnival is tradition. Leading the Carnival in the dance is tradition.

    There is nothing inapropriate in allowing the little girl to lead in the traditon of the carnival. There is nothing inapropriate in having the little girl do Brazil's traditional dance in leading the carnival.

    The judges should just call it a day, and go home.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  119. Emily

    Anyone who has an understanding of Brazilian culture knows that the Carnival held every year is dear and nearly sacred to the culture of that nation – not an "adult exhibition" but rather a family affair. If anything, it is considered an honor to partake in those celebrations. "Samba" is a form of ballroom dancing comparable to the cha cha and merengue. We must also take into account that unlike the U.S., Brazil – like many European nations, is more liberally inclined when it comes to sensuality. This is a matter of culture and it's impossible to understand the issue without an understanding of the country.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:43 am |
  120. Kyle Robertson

    Forget about Pageants and Carnivals, These activities are controlled.
    I looked after a School Breakfast Club, if you want to see discuss, do the same or better still visit a school near you, This includes both Public and Secondary schools, some of these kids should have never be allowed out of the House. With what they wear (or not wear) is far more provocative than any thing you would see at a Carnal or Pageant, I believe in School Uniforms. Put some clothing on girls! and pulll up your pants boys, you’ll feel a lot better. You would look much better with a Tie hanging from your neck than your underwear hanging from your butt.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:44 am |
  121. Joe

    Seriously, we have sooo many things going on in this country, who really cares what is happening in South America??

    February 8, 2010 at 11:45 am |
  122. Angela

    This child is merely dancing as many of our children have danced in their homes, and on many many talent show's on the air, for year's. . Her innocent mind allows her to dance with joy, fun, and laughter. Look at all the talent show's that have existed for year's and many have become quite successful. What is wrong here, is not the child dancing, it's the adult's with their filthy thought's and jealousy. A child's mind is innocent and clean, until a nasty thinking negative adult come's along. You people out there need to get you mind out of the gutter and give it a rest!

    February 8, 2010 at 11:47 am |
  123. Jay Hollis

    The little girl isn't wearing any less than what thousands of clueless parents in this country dress their kids to parade around in on beaches and public pools. Little girls in bikinis. Not saying I agree with it; just a statement of fact.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:49 am |
  124. Scott Stodden

    Tony I say let the little girl dance most definitly, nobody should ever try to interfere with a child's dream, don't follow your dreams chase them. Also as far as Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Speech Saturday night I feel she has no clue on how to run a country and is so out of touch with America and Americans, this is a woman of pure ignorance and lack of intelligence. Vote Obama/Biden 2012, Sarah this "Changey Stuff" doesen't happen over night thanks to George W. Bush and your Republican croonies and friends, this is a woman who may run for the highest office in the land and she couldn't even finish her term in Alaska Governor, Im very proud of you Sarah because ignorance is bliss

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    February 8, 2010 at 11:50 am |
  125. Othello

    This is what we call Child exploitation. How can a parent allow their on child to be used as a sex single in front of million of people. Its a shame what this world is coming to. Live this kid out of this.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  126. John

    Com’on people! Who are we to judge the rest of the world and tell them how to act? How to govern? How to live? Can we throw a stone after looking at our beauty pageants? Our cheerleading traditions? Lingerie for very young girls? Our movies, TV, and comercials productions? The behavior of Hollywood and even Disney stars? Which country is the greatest consumer and producer of porn of all ages and formats?

    February 8, 2010 at 11:53 am |
  127. L Neal

    Who are we to tell someone what their child can or can not participate in when there is NO crime being commited. We train our children from a very young age to do their best at sports, dance, music or whatever they enjoy and would never deny them the right to participate in their recitals or homecoming game! Why should her chance to shine and participate in her "recital" be taken away because the "world" has their own idea of what is appropriate in their nation? Let her be, she has earned the right to lead the dance in the carnival!

    February 8, 2010 at 11:56 am |
  128. A mother

    Jay

    You have obviously not been to Brazil.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  129. Bibi

    Please peole, do not see exploitation where there isn't any. This is not a big deal!!! Viva o samba! Viva Brazil! Viva o nosso carnaval! Viva Julia! Kisses, me liga!

    February 8, 2010 at 11:57 am |
  130. Lesley D

    Has anyone seen Toddlers and Tiaras or any beauty pageant? It's the same concept. Americans have no right to criticize other countries' traditions.

    February 8, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  131. Paul from Rome, GA

    This is the most unnewsworthy story I have seen in a long time. For crying out loud, American little girls do pretty much the same thing in cheering competitions throughout the US. About the only differences are that they do more athletic moves than just dancing and they don't use samba music as a rule. The outfits, makeup, glitter, and heavy parental involvement looks about the same. I know - my granddaughter is on a cheering squad and has been for several years now. If you want to do a story, do one on the cheering competitions in the U.S. which have grown into a multimillion (billion?) dollar industry. But frankly I'm really not intrigued by this kind of story from Brazil.

    February 8, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  132. sue scott

    A child's true dream will be realized with good-parenting and commom-sense....child health and saftey should always be first.
    A child does not know what is best for her/him...the parents should; hopefully...Please, use common-sense and better parenting skills...for child's health.
    susie
    ewa beach

    February 8, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
  133. Lloyd Cata

    Many comments point to Brazilian history, tradition, and culture. That is certainly a valid method of analysis of the 'right' or 'wrong' of this phoney controversy.
    The school, the parents, and the state could have resolved this privately once it entered 'the fathers' thoughts to have this girl perform. He could have, as Samba school leader, gone to the appropriate authorities to press the case for his daughter. THIS IS NOT HIS FIRST TIME TO THE RODEO!!! This case is not only about his daughter, or necessarily that she is a talented 7yr old, but the 'precedent' that this has never been done before. As an experience carnivale presenter, he understood this. So the media circus should not be about the little girl, culture, sexuality, or Brazil. This man, completely familiar with the rules or lack thereof, found a loophole in which to use his daughter, and exploit her talent. She may turn into the "Michael Jackson" of Brazil, but it began with her fathers understanding of how to 'game' the system and the media. Perhaps if some Samba school should use a homosexual boy we would get the point....heaven knows if its just about 'dance' we could be surprised.

    February 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  134. Jay

    I hope that everyone that is upset are just as upset as with Toddlers and Tiaras!

    February 8, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  135. Egberto Willies

    Tony, context is everything. I am originally from Panama and these carnival dances and outfits are standard and cultural. Sometimes we get too puritanical. One must wonder if the problem is in the thought of the one wanting her not to dance.

    February 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  136. Alan Ralsky

    Why aren't you harping on TLCs Toddler & Tiaras? How is what she is doing and different than what they do on that show and in those pageants?

    Drop the story...it is NOT newsworthy!!

    February 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  137. Joe

    The petty issues your producers seem to find when we have many more important events happening in the world. Not once, have I heard you report on the Ukrainian election.
    Interfering with other cultures of the world is none of our puritanical business. Anyone want the Salem witch trials again?
    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    February 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  138. mauricio

    Your report is, as usual, slightly skewed towards the sensational...You toss out a line like 'child sexual abuse is still a problem in Brazil', as if it is no longer a problem here in the good old USA.
    Take a look at the outfits and make up of the children on display in local beauty pageants here, and you will notice that they are way more sexualized than the young girl in the piece, whose outfit was not overly sensual, and whose dance steps were quite appropriate for a girl that age.

    February 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  139. Tiki

    Isn't it the same as when the missionaries felt that the hula was an indecent dance? Seems like some moralists are on a mission in Brazil.

    February 8, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  140. Elizabeth

    I think She should Not be allowed In the Carnival She is to young.
    to be half dressed in front of Thousends of people.

    February 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  141. Paul Daukas Jr

    Can't CNN find more important story's to talk about other then this really stupid immature story that you keep pushing in our faces of this little girl dancing in Brazil ?? This is what Maury Povich is for !! How about the economy, jobs and the escalating debt ?? Is CNN a news network or an entertainment network !!!!

    Paul

    February 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  142. Cherylann

    I am from the caribbean and our dancing would be considered by Americans a provocative. My concern is the hours that this little girl is out performing, way past midnight. If that was concern then she would not be out there apparently it was not. In looking at the piece she had looked tired. She does not need to be out there at such late hours.
    Also apparently there was no age limit enforced and she won the title. Next time is age will be a concern get an age limit in place

    February 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  143. Dave Utell

    Who are we to judge? What about all the mothers that put there 3 and 4 year old girls up for beauty pageants Do you ever watch TLC's toddlers and Tiara's?

    February 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  144. Don

    I wonder how many of the people commenting on this story whatch the equally disturbing Toddlers&Tierra's on a U.S.Network and thinks it "cute"?

    February 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  145. Brian J. Woznicki

    Sorry, This just isn't right! I'd ask those in charge to consider the long-term effects on this child.

    February 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  146. Dwayne

    Having a 7 year old girl performing in the public eye in this day & age is an advertizement for child molesters. How many of them if given an opportunity would snatch up this little girl in an instant. The parents are gambling with their childs life.. Dwayne fl.

    February 8, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  147. Bela

    Yes she should be allowed to lead the Carnivale!!!
    How different is this than American Toddler and Little Miss "whatever" beauty pagents???
    oh, yeah this is about culture and tradition! Brazil is a country of proud people and of beauty...the beaches prove that...
    RELAX!!

    VIA BRAZIL....VIA CARNIVALE

    February 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  148. Marian Simcox

    I am horrified at the thought of allowing this little girl to dance the samba in front of so many at such a late hour. This is the same sort of child abuse as the parents of "Toddlers and Tiaras"! There are too many pedophiles out there drooling over this child – who knows what could happen down the road?! A definite "no" from me! Thanks.

    February 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  149. bsbfankaren

    Last year's Carnival had the smallest costume ever that covered nearly nothing, to have a child leading the parade this year to me is the obvious choice to brings things back into prospective.

    Carnival is a fun time and everyone participates. Although I am sure there will be plenty of beautiful, nearly naked women to titilate the masses, there is no reason why this year a beatiful child cannot dance her way into everyone's hearts...dressed appropriately! I think it is time for everyong to lighten up, and allow this child to do what children love to do. Dance!!!

    February 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  150. Isaac

    Of course she should be allowed to dance, it's a honor to be asked to dance at Carnival; and honestly how is this any different from the beauty Padgett we place our children in, with outfits that are just scantly clad clothing as that little girl in Brazil?

    February 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  151. Alex

    Absolutely she should be leading the Carnival! She is a terrific samba dancer, what we do in America to all those children that are forced to participate in Beauty Pageants, only to glorify their ugly parents, that is exploitation. That's sick!

    February 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  152. Chris

    I don't see a problem with it. She isn't anymore exposed than the daughters of those crazy American parents who have their little girls all made up with hair, make up, and costumes to win a beauty pageant. At least this little girl is having fun!!!

    February 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  153. Jerry No.

    Why she wouldn't be allowed to dance? Just because her name is not Michael Jackson and she is Brazilian and not American??? Please, stop pretending you are puritans and the world's conscience;)

    February 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  154. JrHagler

    Who are we as Americans fooling?
    We hold child beauty pageants.
    Does JonBenet ring a bell?

    February 8, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  155. Delcio Oliveira

    Americans, often forget that there are tons of other cultures out there, and what might seem out of the ordinary for us, for them it might be just a common act. We should stop judging other cultures based on our standards of what is right or wrong.

    February 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  156. Genevieve C. Morales

    Tony, If anyone goes to any West African country such as Senegal, Nigeria or Ghana, they will see little girls and old, old women dancing just like the Samba queen when the drumming really gets going.

    Genevieve C. Morales
    Westbury, NY

    February 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  157. bert6636

    This is ridiculous. How absurd, arrogant and judgmental for us Americans to deem another’s cultural traditions obscene, suggestive or improper because it doesn’t fit into America’s “box” of what’s culturally accepted. Shame on us. As Americans we have a problem with trying to shape or mold things into our likeness while still toting that “melting pot” philosophy. We don’t have to accept all things different but we must learn to respect them. One man’s walk isn’t less purposeful just because it doesn’t mimic OUR walk.

    February 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  158. Neal Parker

    Are you kidding me !?!?!?! It's not any of our business what she does!!!! If the American public thinks it's their place to get involved in this controversy then get in touch with our current administration and we'll let congress spend the next 6 months debating it. After all, congress doesn't have anything better to debate, such as jobs, the economy, health care, terrorism, Iran, Iraq, Afganistan, taxes, etc. ! ! ! !

    February 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  159. Kim

    Having lived in a country where Carnival is "The Party of the Year", I worry about all that this young child will be exposed to during the entire celebration. Her innocence will possibly be robbed whether her parents chose to acknowledge that or not due to the environment that will engulf her during this holiday. I encourage you to investigate further the origin of Carnival, then make up your mind. I embrace other cultures, but common sense and decency should not be up for debate.

    February 8, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  160. alex lotoski

    If Julia's parents are in constant supervision, the answer is yes. However we know nothing of the culture of this South American country. When i look at what the mother does, what the father does and who the teacher is I can suspect a great deal of bureaucratic corruption. Following through with this thought, the child now becomes the basis for this corruption and therefore the poster child for child manipulation. Tony this then makes your question unfair and manipulative of our voting position. You then, are also not to be trusted in your news delivery and position. You didn't ask the question(s) correctly of the source. Poor news reporting in the human interest department.

    February 8, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  161. Maria Christina Carvalho

    Hello Tony,
    I am Brazilian, and I think the little girl is very cute, she will do a good job representing her school dance, about her little clothes, that's our way to dance our tradition dance: SAMBA!

    February 8, 2010 at 1:12 pm |
  162. Thomas

    Hey Mr. and Mrs. Lira,
    Here's a great idea. Let's take that cute little 7 year old daughter of yours, scantly clad her, and put her in front of thousands of people we don't know and make her dance for them, real late at night.... at a party.
    Here's a solution: SOMEONE PLEASE TELL THE PARENTS THAT THEIR LITTLE GIRL ISN'T A REMARKABLE DANCER. Let's try to think, "Is there any other possible reason that she got chosen to do this?" Really people? ... and in the times we're living in. WAKE UP!!!

    February 8, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  163. law of harvest

    Right on Lloyd! The father is out of line. He is using his own daughter in his own club at 3am. This has exploitation all over it.

    The limited capacity of the average mortal mind to entertain the full scope of what is at stake here is absolutly being witnessed in this case. The seeds planted with this seemingly "innocent" act of talent, will give life to far more negative than positive.

    Being so talented, there will be sufficient opportunity for her to engage is such activities when she is old enough to understand her decision more fully and the responsibility that goes along with it.

    February 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  164. Filipe Monteiro

    Carnival is one of most important celebration in my country (Brazil). Different of "Miss Sunshine", where crazy mothers force hers youngs dougthers to do things that fill up hers frustations as persons, Julia is a free kid who is just dancing and her parents won't win anything about it. Let Julia dances! She's 7 years, cute and a good dancer! Carnival deserve it!

    February 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  165. Thomas

    I voted no but yer poll isn't showing it. So this is how media spins facts to create a desired outcome. NO NO NO She shouldn't be permitted to dance in any culture.

    February 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
  166. luiz Silva

    The problem is the American people do not have a open culture or do not understand much about foreign culture, everything here is pretty much black or white or Democrats or republican. It is difficult for anyone that grow up with no many option to understand different ways of life. Of course there are many exception. The little girl only wants to dance like any other kid that love to dance or play any sport.

    February 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  167. bert6636

    Kim,
    Regarding your comment common sense and decency should not be up for debate. Being that you mentioned you lived in a culture that celebrates carnival would you agree that common sense and decency would be based on their standards and customs not Americans?

    These are general meanings of those two phrases but they speak to how one views these terms . . . based on THEIR culture. But you are correct it should not be up for debate simply because it’s not your culture. Peace.

    Common sense (or, when used attributively as an adjective, commonsense, common-sense, or commonsensical), based on a strict construction of the term, consists of what people in common would agree on: that which they "sense" as their common natural understanding.

    Standards of decency vary greatly depending on the cultural context

    February 8, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  168. Ruth Hall

    What the parents and the Brazilian authorities allow is their business. But, for other little girls in Brazil, or other countries as far as that is concerned, the demonstration of this innocent little girl's provocative dancing gives sexual predators fuel for more of their sick behavior. I think allowing this is unconscionable and irresponsible, in front of such a diverse and large audience including media coverage.

    February 8, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  169. Kim

    Bert, absolute truth, morality, and decency are not up for debate in any culture.

    February 8, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  170. Kim

    Would you take your 7 year old daughter and put her on stage at a strip club? Common sense, worldwide...a resounding "No!"

    February 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm |
  171. bert6636

    Kim, absolutely not! but then again if I were raised in a different culture with a completely set of standards of what that culture regarded as right or wrong, then I would have to sincerely question my actions. But as for my original post regarding the child dancing and dressing according to her customs in a parade that is celebrating the rich heritage of her culture supervised by her parents, is a decision left to her parents.

    Think about it . . . when you see parents dress their little 7 year old daughters up in these "cute" bikinis and they walk around beaches and water parks dancing and jumping to the music of their land; is that wrong? I don’t believe so, so what’s so different about this child dressed in a glitzy bikini dancing to her country’s music. I think the opposing aspect comes into play because the type of dancing that she does. It’s provocative to the outsider but its cultural pride to the Brazilian. Now shouldn't they be aloud to express their heritage as they see fit without outside interferences or judgments. You are right, the father went too far displaying his child (or any child) in a bar – poor judgment (& yes I’m judging here). But dressing in your county’s traditional robe and displaying your pride for your heritage through a positive art form like dance, sorry I see absolutely nothing wrong with that . . . at any age. Peace Kim!

    February 8, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  172. Russ

    With all the stuff going on at home (in USA) with the economy, rights being stripped away, illegal takeovers of banking industry and auto industry and Pelosi, Reid and Obama spending it faster than can be printed. You are reporting on a 7 year old Samba Dancer?

    Shame on you. Get real.

    February 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  173. bert6636

    This just kills me – provocative? What’s provocative about it? It’s dancing, just as if it were in any other country like Africa, Jamaica, Cuba, Spain, Ireland, or any other style of dancing from the U.S. , grunge, pop, hip hop, bee pop, stepping, waltz, pop-n-loc. whatever. (Can you say Elvis, Chubby Checker, or Jerry Lee Lewis-created ‘provocative’ music that spawned ‘provocative’ dances during their eras)
    And, it wouldn’t matter if this child were dancing, running, skipping, hopping, jumping, sleeping or sitting; it still wouldn’t deter a child predator because it’s a predator. That’s what they do – prey on children, so don’t blame the dancing on why a predator preys. Let’s deal with the reality; it’s provocative to you, plain and simple. You can’t relate to the Brazilian style of dancing so you see it as provocative, period. And now you want to label their traditions as ‘sick behavior’, unconscionable & irresponsible come on. R U kidding me, really! I think you missed the significance of you last statement, “. . . a diverse group of people”.

    February 8, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  174. Deniece

    Im spanish and its their culture to dance samba. I teach my daugthers value and their cuban culture and arts. I agree on her being to young to be in The Carnival its like mardi gras here but 10 fold not a place for a child. I certainly wouldnt take my child to mardi gras.

    why blast a country because of a 7 yr samba dancers when mothers are putting fake eyelashes and makeup on 2 yr old beauty pagent tots in swimwear here in the USA.

    February 8, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  175. Marian Simcox

    You're right that there's a problem with your "no" vote – I voted a big fat NO but it's not reflected. I think we have an I.T. problem, CNN.

    February 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  176. Marian Simcox

    While we're on the subject, I think childhood "beauty pageants" are sending the wrong signals to the little girls. The idea of fake teeth, hair extensions, false eyelashes, makeup, etc., sends a message that their natural little selves aren't good enough. If adults want to strut their stuff, that's their decision, but these little girls are satisfying their parents' vicarious needs. Think about it.

    February 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  177. samantha

    Just let me ask those who disagree with Julia's parents on allowing her to lead: have you never seen the pageant girls of our nation? Those who are forced to adhere to the very strict and exhausting lifestyle of pageantry, strict dieting, pounds of makeup, politics, sometimes revealing outfits? Allow me to point out; we make tv shows about such things. To support those girls and their parents decision to treat them as 22 year old circus animals and do get all bothered over a little girl who just has a passion for dance in ANOTHER COUNTRY is simply preposterous. Our own country puts small children in movies cursing adults out, spitting out lines referring to drugs and alcohol, psychiatric disorders, terrorism, sex, etc. I don't see how you can pay to see OUR children parade around getting paid billions to curse on a movie screen. I don't know. Its their culture, why are you trying to play saint?

    February 8, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  178. Mark

    This is carnival. Everybody gets involved and one is never too young to participate. let the girl enjoy herself. after all carnival is the best time of the year and only comes around one per year. Viva la carnaval

    February 8, 2010 at 8:49 pm |
  179. Mizz T

    Every body is trippin , Last time i checked she only had two biological parants. and I agree with a comment up top, every body wants to voice they opion and thats fine, but where ur kids at? and some of the best movies we watch do have child actors actiing and doing things that a kid should not be doin. but we dont voice our opions on that. we as americans are a trip. always quick to pass judjment on all around us except our own or ourselfs. let that girl be. Her dancing really wasnt bad, go to the schools here in america and u will really see some shakin and droppin. all she was doin was twisting her hip and jumpin and our kids walkin already havin kids, obviously we need to rethink some things what u think

    February 8, 2010 at 9:35 pm |
  180. Carlos De Oliveira

    While most of the promoters and club owners are trying to make some extra buck with the sexism inherent in most of all carnival parties in NY, New York Samba School, is promoting an event tailored to meet the expectation of children of all ages and cultural background: "Samba das Criancas" ( Children's Samba). The event will be held at Chateau Brasil, 38-02 29th St – Astoria Queens, this Sunday from 2pm to 6 pm. It is a "feijoada fundraising" for costume and instrument purchasing for " Ala das Criancas" (Children's Section) of the NY Samba School.
    It is important to understand that the culture and the social values in Brazil are totally different than in the US and some parts of Europe.
    Even in NY Brazilians try to be true to their roots, keeping the culture alive and teaching their children their language, stories, dance, folklore, music, etc. Capoeira and Samba are two of the Brazilian main cultural aspects that has a strong appeal all of the world. Hope the world will learn a lesson with this story.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:37 am |
  181. Carlos De Oliveira

    Thank you for this story.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:59 am |
  182. David

    Good way to ruin a child's life. Anyone with knowledge of the young in the performing arts knows this is a danger for them. Read the note, did not view the video.

    I'm sorry not to be rude, but is the dow jones in any way connected to me?

    February 9, 2010 at 7:28 am |
  183. Lilarose in Bandon, OR

    Good grief!

    Since they invented the baton, little girls have been strutting their stuff down main steet USA in parades!

    What's the difference?????

    February 9, 2010 at 11:09 am |
  184. Rich Demanowski

    Oh, for crying out loud! Carnival happens once a year! Let the girl dance!

    How is this any different than letting your kids stay out later than usual to go trick-or-treating on Halloween, or staying up to watch the midnight fireworks on New Year's Eve?

    It's different in one significant way: This girl was chosen for her proficiency at a very difficult and demanding skill, to LEAD a group in her culture's biggest celebration of the year. WHAT AN HONOR! She had to show dancing skills beyond those of dancers many years her senior, and with many years more training. That's remarkable.

    If her parents don't have a problem with it, neither do I.

    Let the girl dance.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  185. Ernest Barteldes

    I think this is a cultural issue, In the US it wouldnt fly, but in Brazil it's different. I say let it happen.

    February 9, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  186. Ben

    Why does everyone think it's okay to meddle in other people's affairs? The parents are okay with it, the girl wants it and if she's the queen, someone must've chosen her.

    Kids have been dancing the salsa in the Brazilian carnival for ages. Just because she's been chosen to be the queen doesn't change anything.

    February 9, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  187. Luciana Cherques

    I am from Rio de Janeiro and would like to clarify one thing:
    The Samba Parade in Rio is not obscene, as some have writen here, the other way around. It is a cultural event.
    People should not judge what they don't know. Children attend the parade with their parents or watch this beautiful spectacle on TV which is broadcasted live. As a matter of fact a lot of the samba schools (which are community associations) have a Junior samba schools. It is an honor for the children to be able to be a part of their samba schools, which they are usually allowed to participate only if they get good grades in school. There they are able to develop or enhance their natural talents. This girl whose father is the president of the association will be accompanied by her parents throughout the event and there is nothing wrong about it. By the way, it is summer and hot in Rio de Janeiro and everyone wears shorts and mini skirts day or night. Everyone should experience the Brazilian Carnaval (with an A), at least once in a life time.
    I am sure the opinions would be different if you did.

    Peace !
    Luciana Cherques

    February 10, 2010 at 8:53 pm |
  188. Arielle

    This is Brazilian heritage dont stop her what are you gonna do tell the little girl she cant dance anymore.....in trindad and tobago thaey do the same thing but with a whole bunch of kids(i should know) its just dancing chill out grandparents!

    February 11, 2010 at 1:53 am |
  189. Bellarissa

    Not only do I think it is inappropriate, creepy & exploitative to encourage or allow a 7 year old to dance/dress/perform in such an adult, suggestive manner.....I think the exact same thing about beauty pageants for children that feature little girls dressing & performing little minature adults. Just because this is happening in Brazil does not mean that we, as human beings, do not have the right & obligation to speak out about it. No matter where in the world, when children are being abused, exploited or mistreated we have the duty to intervene and stop it.

    February 11, 2010 at 12:01 pm |
  190. Carlos De Oliveira

    I totally agree with Luciana Cherques. Actually I am seriously thinking about invite Julia Lyra, to come to NY and parade with New York Samba School and become our first Queen of the Drum Ensemble. This way we stop the sexism that the Brazilian tour companies and the marketing companies created to exploit the most beautiful event in the world. Women body is not the only beautiful thing in the Carnaval scene. Have you ever thought about the artists work behind those huge floats? What about the costume designer's work? And the dancers, the intricate rhythms of the drums, the melody of the music. Ok, but some dirty minds only pay attention to the women's body. Hummm, just wondering where the wrong is.

    February 11, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  191. Larry

    From a country that created Jon Benet Ramsey and a culture that spends
    over a billion a year on so called Beauty contests for kids younger than
    this girl where do Americans find so muchself-righteousness?Other countries actually have artistic talent that doesn't include an obsession with sex.

    February 13, 2010 at 7:13 am |
  192. Kristina

    If we're working around pedophiles and not living our lives the way we want to because of an errant section of society, we're in a sorry state for sure.

    If her parents are okay with it and the community is behind her, I am too.

    February 13, 2010 at 1:53 pm |