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Blacklisted: A Boobylicious Birthday Surprise

Aja Dang |
June 12, 2011 | 11:22 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Poppy Burge celebrates her 6th birthday (poppyburge.com)
Poppy Burge celebrates her 6th birthday (poppyburge.com)
Felicia Rae McClure, Nadya Suleman, Joan Crawford. All women known for their notoriously poor parenting choices. Although trying to sell your daughters virginity over the Internet is an all-time low, this weeks’ Blacklist winner is giving Crawford a run for her money. 

Sarah Burge, the “Human Barbie”, gave her daughter, Poppy, a coupon for a boob job on her seventh birthday, worth almost $9,000. 

Gosh, that really takes the pressure off of Poppy and puberty because if she doesn’t naturally develop sizable boobs, mommy just guaranteed it’s going to happen one way or another. Phew!

Unfortunately, Poppy will have to wait a couple of years to redeem her gift as 16 is the legal age for elective surgery in the UK.

But don’t cry for her Blacklist readers because Poppy was able to get instant gratification with her other presents: a computer, a pink Swarovski crystal ring and necklace set and a spa retreat. 

“I wanted a new computer, a holiday and a voucher for surgery. When I got it all, it was a dream come true. All my friends were jealous,” Poppy said to Closer Magazine.

You have to appreciate a mom who gives her daughter exactly what she wanted on her birthday, right?

This story not only made headlines for the pure sickness of the whole thing, but because of who Sarah Burge is.  

An ex-waitress at the Playboy club in London and owner of a swingers sex club called Madame Pink, Burge has become famous for going under the knife. Spanning over 20 years and totaling more than $800,000, Burge’s surgical list includes three facelifts, liposuction on seven different parts of her body, two nose jobs and, of course, a boob job. 

Burge has admitted that she is addicted to plastic surgery and the allure of looking “sexy” and is very happy at the celebrity status these surgeries have given her. Unfortunately, this obsession has transferred down to her children. 

Last year she gave her other daughter, Hannah, Botox injections at 15 and taught poor, misguided Poppy how to pole dance at age six in order to prepare her for the family business. 

I mean, I received my business degree with a bunch of people who were set to take over their family businesses, but this seems a little extreme. 

And now, here we are, a year later, dealing with this fiasco. 

A quick side note: For her 51st birthday, Burge is going to celebrate by having £51,000 worth of surgery done and will allow Poppy to watch the procedures on video so she understands what happens. 

“Some people think it’s controversial and I get angry when strangers say I’m a bad mother because I don’t think there is any harm in giving her this gift,” Burge said to Closer. 

What upsets me about this story isn’t the fact that she is giving her daughter breast implants for her birthday, but that Burge is essentially telling her daughter, at the young age of seven, that there is already something wrong with her. That she isn’t good enough and needs surgery in order to be pretty. 

While I am not a psychologist, it seems that she is transferring her insecurities and dreams of fame down to her children who will try to strive for a physical perfection that will never be achieved because their mother taught them there is always something they can improve. 

Come on Sarah Burge, let Poppy grow up and develop her own insecurity issue like the rest of us!

“They want to be famous like Cheryl Cole and Lady Gaga. I’m just supporting her and making her dreams come true,” she said.

Lady, if you want to help your children live out “their” dreams, spend your money on voice, dance (not stripping) and acting lessons. 

After all, they can be stuffed, pulled and plucked like a Thanksgiving turkey, but if they have no talent they sure aren’t going to be famous for anything good. See: Kim Kardashian and Heidi Montag. 

I’ll admit it, there are times I look in the mirror and think that I could use a little nip and tuck and I have had bout’s of low self-esteem. It’s only natural. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to be raised by parents who believe that I am perfect the way I am and inner beauty is more important than outer beauty.

It saddens me that there are children who don’t have supportive parents but have parents who are more concerned about looking a certain way instead of acting a certain way. 

Let’s face it, this child is going to be quiet the pain to deal with when she is older. 

Unfortunately, this will not be the last we hear about poor parenting decisions but until then, cheers to you Sarah Burge, for making me realize how sane my crazy parents are.

Not only does Burge deserve to be Blacklisted but she needs to be checked into a Psych Ward.  


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