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Life as a Six-Year-Old Body Double

Suri Cruise

By Nicole Rowlands

From “Toddlers and Tiaras” to “Dance Moms,” we’ve seen parents subject their children to outrageous, and sometimes demeaning, situations. But in February, we read about a little girl who is used as a body double for Suri Cruise, TomKat’s uber-famous daughter, as she travels around New York City. This was taking things, we think, (more than) a bit too far.

The press reported that Katie Holmes and Suri hopped into an SUV heading downtown.  Shortly after that, an SUV pulled up outside a Tribeca eatery, and out came an unknown woman carrying Suri, who was covering her face with her ubiquitous stuffed animal.  The paparazzi snapped their shots, and everyone was happy.  Until it turned out that little Suri was already downtown with her nanny, and Ms. Holmes met up with her daughter a bit later.

The news spread like wildfire. Suri Cruise – the most famous child on earth (at least until Prince William and his wife have their child this July) – comes fully equipped with a doppelganger.

I can (sort of) understand the obsession with security if your child is as famous as Suri Cruise. But what parent in her right mind would allow her daughter to serve as a body double? I mean, if Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were so worried for their daughter’s safety, why would parents subject their own daughter to any danger or threat that the real Suri Cruise was trying to avoid?

Is employing your daughter to act as a body double or decoy even legal?

The press didn’t say. LASIS will.

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Fast Times For Lil Poopy

Lil Poopy rapping

By Jennifer Williams

The role of Michelle Tanner, the youngest of three daughters on the hit television show, “Full House,” was played by twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. They were cast when they were just six months old.

Abigail Breslin made her on-screen debut at just three years old in a television commercial. At five she starred alongside Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix in “Signs.” And at six she was cast as the lovable Olive Hoover in “Little Miss Sunshine,” a role that would earn her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 2007 Academy Awards.

And then there is Luie Rivera Jr., aka “Lil Poopy” or “Coke Boy.” Mr. Rivera, like the Olsen twins and Ms. Breslin, has found his calling early. He’s just nine years old, but he’s already gaining the attention of  “powerful people” like P. Diddy and French Montana.

A music video starring Lil Poopy has recently created a stir because the young rapper is seen slapping a grown woman’s behind and repeating the phrase “coke ain’t a bad word.” The video triggered an investigation by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) after local police filed a complaint against the rapper’s father, Luis Rivera, alleging child abuse and/or neglect.

The Rivera’s attorney, Joseph Krowski, claims that young Luie has First Amendment protection to rap about whatever he wants, even if people find the content offensive or distasteful.

LASIS wondered if, in fact, Lil Poopy can rap freely under protection of the First Amendment.

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