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Topless toddler crosses a big, red line

So this is art?

Bringing your 2-year-old to panhandle on the streets dressed in a feather skirt and black hearts painted on her tiny breasts is art? Give me a break — this has to stop. There are supposed to be laws to protect innocent children.

Taking a picture of a child, a toddler, in provocative clothing is kiddie porn. And don’t tell me that a feather skirt and black pasties is normal wear for a 2-year-old.

My kid might be 22 years old now, but I do remember what I dressed her in at age 2 — and black pasties and a feather skirt were not on the agenda.

The whole scenario has gone from simple bad taste to just plain criminal. The latest flap involved desnuda Maria Diaz who arrived to panhandle in a feather skirt with black paint on her breasts toting her toddler dressed in a similar outfit.

According to the New York Post article, Caped Crusader character Jose José Escalona-Martinez was appalled and said, “Nobody wanted to take any pictures [with them].”

No wonder no one wanted to snap the woman and her child. Who would want to be arrested for kiddie porn?

And correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t this society frown on panhandling children? Didn’t we put a stop to that in the last century? It’s not like “take your daughter to work day” is it?

The Post article added that when a policeman neared and instructed ‘You can’t have this girl here. You [sic] going to get arrested,’ ” Diaz put a shirt on the kid and left.

Two weeks ago when I wrote about the desnudas in Times Square and equated the whole mess as just plain porn, reader Ed Stein responded and said, in part, “Porn is not necessarily public display of boobs. It is more the portrayal of sex in a demeaning way including unwilling domination, humiliation and coercion. Plain ordinary ‘boobs’ on display may be unseemly, but it is not porn.”

I’m sorry Ed, I have to disagree with you on this, I really think the whole topless jiggly thing in Times Square is pornographic — and adding a child into the mix just raised it up a notch to criminal. Please, please don’t use the excuse she didn’t know better. As parents, we all know better.

Not for Nuthin,™ but I say, “Get those boobs off the street.”

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Joanna DelBuono writes about national issues every Wednesday on BrooklynDaily.com. E-mail her at jdelbuono@cnglocal.com.

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