Hating on 'Honey Boo Boo' Is Just Plain Trashy

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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?


Image via TLC

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nonmember avatar honoraria

Can we just hate on the pimping parents instead? She's really only 32? Good god, if that doesn't make people stand up and take charge of their unhealthy lifestyles, nothing will! The people you should be harping about are the "parents" who pimp their kids out for money because they're too lazy to get a real job. People know this is setting up their kids to be targeted and they do it anyway because of greed and screwed-up values.

Maevelyn Maevelyn

The first thing I thought when I saw the adds for this show was that her parents must need the money because that poor kid is going to get beat up. 

nonmember avatar Cynthia

Honestly, I feel really bad for Alana! She's a product of her parents and her environment. She had no control over the person she is right now but has been shaped by those around her. I would love to see her whole family get help. Some therapy to break the cycle of teen moms and some programs to help them with healthy living in everything from diet and education to mental health! It is not the child's fault, but I really hate to see her on tv and see exactly where her life will lead if she and her family don't get some help!

abra819 abra819

I don't need reminding, but thanks Jeanna. She's hideous and so is her family. period.

worki... workingmama86

i have never hated on that poor innocent child. It's her damn parents! I feel sorry for the girl. She doesn't know any better.. that's how she's being raised! It's sad! And yes, their lifestyle is sickening and humiliating! It's a shame that child is being put through this! 

ameli... ameliacaldeira

i would like to mention that isnt this girl a PAGENT girl? so yes- she is a partisipant in the lifestyle of on camera. she could also pout and cry whenever the cameras are there to make them leave but doesnt. (im guessing i never watched it)

jalaz77 jalaz77

These parents are shitty. Not the kid...yet. It's a vicious cycle, as long as ratings are up the show will go on and the kid will end up a nut job, psycho adult like the parents. I will NEVER watch this show.

geeky... geekychick

Its one think to trash talk her mom. Her mom is an adult and has opened herself up for it but to trash talk a child makes someone the lowest life form on the planet. She is 6 years old, a baby really, How dare anyone say something hurtful to her. How would these people fell if others said this about their children. This is sick. Stick to blaming the mom but don't trash a baby for behaving the way her family has raised her to.

femal... femaleMIKE

I think its mean.

In my opinion, when you become "well known", it opens doors for criticisms and praises.  Its human nature. 

I don't like the show but I think Honey boo boo is adorable.

nonmember avatar Zuri

I know it's not the kid's fault, but I watch this show to be reassured that there are families crazier than mine. And Honey Boo Boo just gets annoying after you watch her for the fiftieth time. Ever notice how most pageant girls are like that? They're all cutesy about it, but they act like they're pint-sized celebrities and their parents are the entourage. I saw one little girl who demands that her father make her coffee every morning. If I had done that, my dad wouldn't been like, "Don't you talk to me like that! I'm a father, not a maid. Now get up off your @$$ and make your own coffee." In my family, any flicker of diva behavior had been extinguished in a very hasty manner. My dad got pissed off when I put on some sunglasses and asked for some hot chocolate at Dunkin' Donuts. At 12 years old. I've seen some grown-up pageant girls (usually on TV), and they're annoying as #%!!. I'm the closest to diva out of my whole family, and it gets on their nerves to no end. How do you raise a kid like that and not want to kill yourself?

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