The other night, I overheard my husband call my 16 month old daughter “honey boo boo”. I immediately looked up and said, “Dude, really? Why are you calling her that?”
He had no idea it was a “thing”.
So I prompty went to YouTube and found a clip of sweet Honey Boo Boo. He was pretty appalled. And frankly so was I.
We don’t watch Toddlers and Tiaras. I’ve never seen a single episode. But that one solitary clip off YouTube made me feel one thing – sad. I’m heartbroken for this little girl.
I don’t want to judge the Thompsons. I’m just as tired as the next person of all the mommy wars. I fully believe that each family should be able to do what works for them. Who am to I to comment on their parenting style or technique?
But I am…judging. The fault doesn’t lie completely with the family. I’m sure that they were offerered a nice sum of money to appear on national television. Shame on TLC for only seeing a cash cow when they see little Alana. Money is hard to say no to and I can completely understand that.
Is the money worth it? Every single tweet, Facebook comment or live conversation I’ve had about Toddlers and Tiaras and Honey Boo Boo have all described it the same way. A train wreck — so horrible to watch, yet you can’t turn away.
That’s an awful thing to say about a child.
There’s nothing about this show that supports her. It just seems that the whole world is laughing at her and her family.
Maybe it won’t matter. Maybe it won’t affect her future self. Heck, what am I saying? Of course it will. Every person I know has clothing or old pictures or video that embarrasses the hell out of them. There’s that unavoidable “Oh my god mom, what were you thinking? Why did you let me wear that?”
This little girl doesn’t just have one or two things, she has episode after episode. At six years old, she’ll probably tell you she loves it. But at eighteen, I doubt it will be the same.
Does she stand a chance? I hope so. I hope with all my might that she can look back on this, laugh and say that her family made some good money that put her through school.
I pray that with all my might.
*Photo courtesy of TLC.