Interviews

Controversial Clothing: Is Your Kid a Pimpfant?

This is a partial transcript from "Your World with Neil Cavuto," May 9, 2006, that was edited for clarity.

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Well, making your toddlers a hit by pimping them out, that's what my next guest aims to do. It's a clothing line called Kids 'R' Us, right?

PARSONS: Yes. No, I knew that there was going to be some people that it wasn't for. It was definitely created for a certain kind of people that were into a certain style and talked and thought a certain way.

CAVUTO: Who is buying this? I know a certain style, but who is buying clothes that...

(CROSSTALK)

PARSONS: Well, a lot of the people that are buying this are people that have a sense of humor and into this certain kind of a style, people that recognize that some of the terms we're using, like pimp and Pimpfants, does mean style. They don't think of it as a pimp or a ho on the street. They are thinking of it as pimping infants, Pimpfants.

CAVUTO: Yes, but these are kids wearing it. They're oblivious. They don't know what they're wearing.

PARSONS: Exactly.

CAVUTO: But they're sending a message that a lot of this slang and terminology we use, demeaning for women and others.

It's a weird way to endorse it, don't you think?

PARSONS: Well, I think it's all in the context that you're looking at the words.

You know, there is the show "Pimp My Ride" on MTV, are they talking about, like, sell women out of my car? No, it's all about style my ride. You know, "20/20" just did an episode called "Pimp My Property." It's all about stylish renovations for your property. I mean, the list really goes on and on of all the networks that are using this word that have absolutely nothing to do with anything that is un-tasteful.

CAVUTO: All right. All right.

Well, it's a free country. People can be free to buy or not buy.

(LAUGHTER)

CAVUTO: Jared Parsons, in Portland, thank you very much.

PARSONS: Thanks, Neil.

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