Two year old Emerson Decker is a bright and lovely toddler that shows exceptional grace while her cheer-leading coach/father Andrew tosses her around during their high flying routine. They went on Fox & Friends Monday morning to show off their skills. While entertaining, I found this very, very dangerous. Just check out Elisabeth Hasselbeck's reactions to their antics. She looked very frightened to me.
And I do have a problem with this.
A two-year-old girl has quickly become a web sensation after a video of her cheer routine on the beach went viral. Emerson Decker and her dad Andrew, a cheerleading coach, came to Fox and Friends this morning to give us a glimpse of their amazing skills.
Some people have criticized Decker, but he says he'd never let his daughter fall and points out that she's been doing this longer than she's been walking.
This is very cute, but highly dangerous. Vowing not to drop your child on its head while performing a cheerleading stunt with a toddler isn't the kind of assurances anyone should accept when it comes to the safety of this child.
Hasselbeck: So you have all the years of experience so when critics say "what the heck are you doing, dad, you say what?'
Andrew: I say, I grew up trying to do this stuff on my own and she's been doing this longer than she's been walking so if you've done anything for two years you're going to get better at it
She didn't appear very safe to me after that routine and his response makes no sense at all. While looking for attention, he seems blinded by the harsh realities of the world. We are human beings and so is Andrew Decker. Anything can happen in the spur of the moment and I wouldn't bet my child's welfare on that for one second just for some publicity.
This reminded me of an incident with "Crocodile hunter" Steve Irwin:
Crocodile hunter" Steve Irwin has survived tussles with giant pythons, poisonous snakes and, of course, crocodiles. Now he faces accusations that he went too far and endangered his infant son.
Irwin drew fire from child welfare groups, but the acting premier of Queensland state, Terry Mackenroth, said no charges would be filed for a stunt in which Irwin fed a crocodile with one hand while cradling his month-old son, Robert, in the other on Friday in front of an audience.
Thankfully for his baby nothing happened, however Irwin was not so lucky after all when he was killed by stingray in a "surprise" attack during one of his outings:
The sole witness to the tragic death of Steve Irwin revealed the Crocodile Hunter's final moments of his tragic death after "hundreds" of fatal strikes by a "massive" stingray.
"I'm dying," was all the 44-year-old popular television host said after a surprise attack eight years ago by a stingray, cameraman Justin Lyons told the Australian talk show Studio Ten Sunday.
The two were in Australia's Great Barrier Reef in September 2006 to shoot a nature documentary when they found a "massive, 8-foot-wide stingray," Lyons said.
The cameraman, who worked with Irwin for 15 years, said they were “looking for something to do” when they went exploring around the water in an inflatable boat.
JLyons told his friend to swim up behind the stingray and he would try to get a shot of the "normally very calm" animal.
But the stingray had a surprise for the famously fearless animal expert.
“All of a sudden, it propped on its front and started stabbing wildly with its tail," Lyons said. "Hundreds of strikes in a few seconds."APSteve Irwin was attacked by a stingray and pronounced dead within 10 seconds of paramedics' arrival.The attack happened suddenly as Lyons revealed he didn't even see it happen.
Christopher Reeve thought nothing would happen when to him physically when he went out riding in an equestrian competition, either.