Dance Mom's Abby Lee Miller has a message for Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson: Lose weight. Miller was recently stopped on the street, frazzled from "seeing her two chins" on the Dance Moms reunion, and she told TMZ that even though she doesn't watch Here Comes Honey Boo, she thinks little Alana needs to lose weight. The girl needs to "get in shape," according to Abby.
Wait, didn't this woman just say something about her "two chins"? And isn't Alana 7 years old?
It's clear that people have their thoughts, opinions, criticisms, concerns, and questions about Honey Boo Boo. And while there is something odd and gross-feeling about commenting on a little girl so much, in some ways, it's sort of fair game, because she is the star of a reality show (whether it's her choice or not). But when conversations start dovetailing into her weight -- and how she needs to lose some -- I think a line needs to be drawn. If Miller feels the need to fat shame -- herself and others -- why not pick on someone her own size? No pun intended.
Children reality show stars, and children in general, should be exempt from ridicule by others, period. Because they're children. They didn't put themselves on TV, and if they're not on TV, again, they're just kids -- they're fragile and they don't know any better. And when the ridicule pertains to their appearance, it's doubly worse. Who tells a 7-year-old they need to go on a diet? This is similar to when Teresa Giudice's daughter, Miliania -- who's 5 -- was made fun of ad nauseum on a Facebook page; some commenting on her eyebrows.
I have a sneaking suspicion that Miller might be slightly jealous of the success of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, as she's quick to mention that she's well-aware of the show's ratings. But telling Alana that she needs to lose weight isn't going to stop people from watching. The only thing it'll do is make people not like her.
Do you think these comments were out of line?