Saturday September 20, 2014

The Met Opera's new musical celebration ‘promoting bigotry'
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By Andrea Peyser
September 19, 2014

Not sure whether these parents are ‘Extreme' or just terrible

Meet porn actress Madison Young and creepy fetish-film director James Mogul. By some fluke of nature coupled with benign neglect on the part of child-protective services officials, the sexual deviants from Berkeley, Calif., are together raising their adorable 2 1/2-year-old daughter, Emma.

During a recent play date, Emma's mom, who practices a "body positivity'' — love your body — method of being a parent whipped out a jar of her menstrual blood and poured it on the house plants for nourishment.

"I'm not going to try to get too personal, but this isn't normal,'' the mom of Emma's playmate said.

When did being a parent become a gross-out sport?

This exploitative look at folks who shouldn't be allowed to raise goldfish let alone budding juvenile delinquents passes for train-wreck entertainment in the Bravo TV network's reality show "Extreme Guide to Parenting.''

Since its debut last month, the show began following nine families whose methods of "parenting'' are not only psychologically, physically and grammatically troubling, it's a wonder that the program hasn't been shut down, the moms and dads banned from even looking at kids.

Take 4-year-old Austen Eisenberg of Long Island, a curly-haired cutie. His hyperactive, blond tiger mother, Marisa Silver-Eisenberg, is a devotee of "push parenting'' — pushing her seemingly average kid into becoming a boastful (and neurotic) master of the universe.

The chiropractor and gym owner from Jericho, LI, enrolled her only child in music classes at 3 months of age, bought him gymnastics lessons at 7 months, forces him to play basketball, baseball, soccer, the piano, and to ice skate. She talked Austen's dad, Jeff, into teaching him to play chess, and constantly calls her kid the greatest, smartest and most handsome boy around.

But when Austen failed to use proper penmanship to write his lengthy surname on a white board, Mom denied the wailing child his breakfast. She rejected a warning from a child psychologist that such parental overkill could be a form of child abuse.

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If sponsors don't pay, players do

Officials of companies that pour sponsorship cash into the National Football League — beer-maker Anheuser-Busch, Visa credit cards, McDonald’s restaurants and Campbell’s Soup — announced that they were fed up with the NFL’s domestic-violence outrages. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton and ex-Minnesota Vikings running back Fran Tarkenton denounced the Vikings’ decision to reinstate running back Adrian Peterson following a one-game suspension, even after he was indicted by a Texas grand jury on a felony count of reckless or negligent injury of a child.

Peterson admitted he beat his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch, causing bruises and cuts to the child’s back, buttocks, ankles, legs and scrotum.

After the outcry, the Vikings suspended Peterson from team activities until his court case plays out. But football honchos haven’t explained why they initially suspended ex-Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for only two games. He was cut from the team and suspended indefinitely from the NFL — only after the world saw a videotape showing him knocking unconscious his then-fiancée, now his wife.

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was immediately suspended from team activities this week after he was busted on aggravated assault charges related to two incidents involving a woman and an 18-month-old child at his Phoenix home. I wish pro-football bigwigs acted out of a sense of decency, not a thirst for money.

But hey, it’s a start.

Scantily clad teens are worse for 'wear'

Some students and parents from Tottenville HS on Staten Island are steamed. Officials dragged 200 students, 90 percent of them girls, into the dean’s office at the start of the school year for wearing things like too-short shorts and midriff tops to beat the heat at the unairconditioned building. But one mom told The Post that girls looked as if they were training to work in strip clubs!

We could use more retro dress codes like this school’s “Dress for Success.”

de Blasio comes 'home' to roo$t

Mayor de Blasio said in July that he was moving with his family from Park Slope, Brooklyn, into Gracie Mansion in Manhattan. So why are city cops still occupying an air-conditioned guard post outside Hizzoner’s old digs at an estimated cost to taxpayers of about $277,000 a year?

De Blasio’s wife, Chirlane McCray, was spotted by an NBC Channel 4 news crew this week living a bi-borough existence, popping into the family’s Brooklyn house. I guess the new 1 percenters don’t mind spending the people’s money.


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