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Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Is a BIG Boo Boo

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There are those who’d say I shouldn’t be writing this unless I watch a whole episode of TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” To them, I say, “My parents raised no masochists.”

I just can’t do it. And I really tried. I got about 5 minutes in and I was gone. Sat there in pained, astonished silence at what I had witnessed. And I’m not sure what I witnessed.

But I was able to make an observation. And, at this point, it’s likely a very obvious one: TLC is cornering the market on exploitation.

They have zeroed in on the basest aspects of our personalities and triggered something in television viewers that we may not have known–and certainly hoped–was there.

It’s bad enough that this grisly embarrassment was spun off from one of the most regrettable excuses for entertainment I have ever seen–”Toddlers and Tiaras”–but I’ve actually had people, who know I’m on the radio, tell me I absolutely should watch it so I can talk about it on the air.

Seriously?

There REALLY isn’t anything else I can discuss that’s even a TINY bit more relevant? I certainly hope this isn’t where we’ve come.

I know not every form of entertainment has to be high-brow. I get that. “Beevis and Butthead” still makes me laugh. Give me a Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck “rabbit season/duck season” argument any day, complete with a Daffy Duck-bill rearranging gun shot. Love it.

But “Honey Boo Boo” just goes too far. And, I’m thinking it has to be because of the exploitation of a child–the market for which I thought was cornered by “Toddlers and Tiaras.”

I’m not sure what the ratings are for either of these shows; maybe I’m afraid to look. But I do think that this is some of the most reductive programming I’ve ever seen on American television.

And, I’m sure season two is on the way.

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