Honey Boo Boo Alana ThompsonHave you heard about Honey Boo Boo? Wait, of course you have. Six-year-old Alana Thompson's reality show is absolutely killing it in the ratings. Perhaps the better question is: what have you heard about Honey Boo Boo?

Have you heard her called a fatty? Or maybe you've heard someone refer to the 6-year-old as "the ugliest child I've ever seen"? Let me remind you one more time: Honey Boo Boo is just 6 years old.

And yet, almost predictably, the Internet has taken to trashing little Alana Thompson as if she's a grown woman and she can take it.

She's far from the only star of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo to become a Tumblr favorite this month -- mom June Shannon has inspired her own fair share of gifs and insults. Some would say June is "asking for it." At the very least, the 32-year-old matriarch of the clan willingly signed up to be on reality TV, well aware of all that comes with it.

Her 6-year-old, on the other hand, did not.

This is one of my biggest reservations about most reality shows involving children. The kids do not get to choose this life in the spotlight. But Alana's case is particularly troubling because she is the star -- the show is named for her. And as such she has become a lightning rod for the Internet jokesters and the Internet trolls alike.

On Tumblr alone, I have seen people make comments like those already mentioned and perhaps even worse. Backhanded compliments like this abound:

When it’s late at night and I’m feeling bad about myself, I just watch this and think to myself, “At least I’m not Honey Boo Boo!”

And we wonder why there's a bullying epidemic in our schools? Adults can't seem to keep from insulting innocent children.

You don't have to like Alana Thompson or watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. If you think the show is a sign of the downfall of society, you may even be right. But if you're picking on a 6-year-old, you're part of the problem with this country.

What do you think of the Honey Boo Boo haters out there?

 

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