by Robert Bell
ABC News correspondent Juju Chang recently ventured into the unforgiving wilds of Sherwood — a.k.a. Sherweird — to offer viewers a harrowing glimpse into the nightmarish hell-scape that is the children's competitive cheer-leading reality special "Cheer Perfection," which premieres on TLC Wednesday night at 9 p.m.
"George, I'm telling you: these cheer-leading moms make the Tiger Mom look like a gentle kitty cat," Chang told a riveted George Stephanopoulos.
For those blessedly unaware of the concept of "Cheer Perfection," produced by the good folks who brought us "Toddlers & Tiaras," the special
exploits highlights the aspiring young cheerleaders of Cheer Time Revolution and their not at all overbearing and awful mothers. The show "takes us inside a world where moms are unapologetic about living vicariously," Chang says, shortly before cheer-leading mom Ann Robinson totally admits that the moms do indeed live vicariously through their daughters. Robinson then relates a sad tale about how her daughter Torin played softball recently and everybody got a trophy.
"Well that's not fun to me," Robinson said. "I want to know that my kid is No. 1."
"As the moms claw their way to the top, there can be catfights," Chang teases us, leading into a clip from the show in which one cheer-leading mom says to the other cheer-leading mom, "Honey, you're queen bitch, everybody in town knows that." Ooh! Catfight!
One poor girl made the mistake of accidentally falling on her head, earning the scorn of her mother. She compounds her error by making the additional mistake of revealing to her mother that the reason for her fall was that she was afraid.
"You're going to be lucky to get on any team," her mother said, in a touching display of warm, maternal sympathy.
"I expect a lot from my daughter," that cheer-leading mom told Chang. "We spend a lot of money at cheer. And when she did that, I was very upset with her."
Ah, good ol' reality television. It always brings out the best in people.
Check out the ABC News video after the jump.