'Honey Boo Boo' Is Not the Downfall of Western Civilization But It's Close

Honey Boo BooI have watched Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. I have enjoyed Honey Boo Boo. I have argued that the show doesn't represent the downfall of civilization and should be taken as a light anthropological journey into the lives of people I might otherwise never meet. And yet, the rumors. I just can't shake the rumors.

This latest rumor -- that 15-year-old Boo Boo sibling Jessica, better known as Chubbs, has a dad who is a sex offender and wants to see her -- is among the most upsetting. If Mama June's goal is to make money and make her family famous, then she probably should have thought about their past.

Some of the skeletons in this family's closet aren't funny or entertaining at all, and putting her child potentially in harm's way is a little scary. Now, the source for all this is The Enquirer, so take it as you will. But it's not the first rumor to plague this family.


The fact is most, if not all, of these children have different dads. Their lives are now on display for all to see and they are all underage. They aren't making these choices, their "mama" is. It's funny, sure. It's entertaining, yes. But these lifestyle choices aren't just fit for a train wreck of a show. They're also these people's real lives.

A pregnant teenager whose own mother had her as a teenager isn't a funny thing. But, unlike MTV's Teen Mom, Honey Boo Boo treats it like it's normal to be 17 and pregnant sans baby daddy.

Sorry, but that's just bad. Nothing about their lives are normal. It's not normal to have dads in jail or sex offender dads, and some of what seems so funny and light on the show is actually very serious, indeed.

Is this really something we need to be glorifying?

A few weeks ago I might have said Honey Boo Boo was just a light show and was annoyed with the people who hated on it. But now I am not so sure. These are real people and their issues aren't just reality TV fodder. It's not very entertaining at all. And if it is, maybe we need to rethink our form of "entertainment."

Do you think Honey Boo Boo is bad?


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