Posted at Aug 23, 2012 11:44 am in dumb shows, parenting, reality TV, Shannyn Schroeder, The Romance Man, TV
On Thursdays I usually talk about some TV show that I like and why I like it (or don’t). In general, I don’t watch reality TV. It tends to be crap, but I can understand how people can be roped into it. I get roped into shows that are downright silly because it requires nothing from me and it’s pure enjoyment.
On Twitter the other day, someone mentioned Honey Boo Boo. I didn’t know what it was and ignored what was being said. Then, this morning on the radio on the way home from taking my kids to school, the DJs mentioned it. They played a clip from the show and it grabbed my interest enough that I went online to check it out.
Oh my God. How do things like this get made into a show? More importantly, why would you want to have your family portrayed like that? And in front of the world? This is a spin off of the Toddlers & Tiaras which I think is a mess anyway. (Little girls should NOT be doing that). This clip is 20 minutes long, but you won’t need to watch all of it to get the idea. I was ready to stop after about 2 minutes.
Not only do I find the whole pageant thing repulsive, but what does it say that you have people supposedly speaking English, and they need subtitles so the audience can understand what’s being said?
I think part of what bothers me most about these shows is that they involve little kids and this crap will follow them for the rest of their lives. Parents are exploiting them and no one seems to care. When you look at Survivor or The Bachelor, yeah, there’s drama and stupidity, but they’re all adults. They know what they’re getting into. They understand that the editors are going to chop away anything that makes them look like intelligent, caring human beings because that doesn’t work in the ratings.
Kids have no way of understanding that. Hell, they don’t even understand that when they post stuff online, it’s there forever even if they try to delete it. Who stands up for these kids? I can’t believe that as a mother, making money is more important than making sure your child is healthy and intelligent.
One of my favorite bloggers, The Romance Man, wrote a post last week on a similar topic. He writes specifically about trying to raise young girls when they’re faced with so much trash. The post and the comments are well worth reading (be warned — over 200 comments there)
What is the one reality TV show you’d like to see canceled?
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