Today in Introduction to Mass Communication, we’re going to talk about TV (See notes, background).
Among the television shows we’re going to discuss is: “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” featuring an overweight 7-year-old pageant girl named Alana Thompson.
Tim Martin, writing in the Times-Standard, said:
…complaints about the show have been nothing short of vicious. Critics call Alana and her family the 21st century version of PT Barnum. They refer to them as illiterate and disgusting, ill-mannered, obnoxious and uncouth. “The show makes me want to stick ice picks in my eyes,” said one reviewer. “It’s like watching evolution in reverse,” stated another. Other negative comments are that “the filter in the Thompson family gene pool needs replacing,” and “TV has sunk to a new low.” The criticism is endless.
Personally, I’ll take this show any day over one about spoiled, Botoxed women screaming at one another.
Shame on those who insist that “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is dumb, and that watching it kills brain cells. These people need to hop off of their high horse, sanitize the bully within, and breathe the air that 47 percent of Americans must breathe. Despite what certain politicians think, being poor and living in a rural area does not make you a “lowlife” or a “victim.” I reserve those terms for spiteful people who pass judgment on others. “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” will give you a healthy respect for families like Alana’s who have found a way to get through tough times together and spread their happiness while doing so.
More than 3 million people watched the show’s fourth episode, beating any other cable program that night and scoring higher ratings than the Republican National Convention, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
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