How Does This Get on TV?

Posted Aug 23 2012, 11:44 am in , , , , ,

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?





8 responses to “How Does This Get on TV?”

  1. robena grant says:

    I wasn’t feeling well a few weeks ago and lay around on the couch for a couple of days. I saw this, on either one of the cable channels or a talk show, and was snapped out of my sick state/lethargy/head cold. I switched it off. It disgusts me that parents/producer/writers will create garbage like this that exploits children.

  2. RM says:

    Thanks Shannyn. I would like to see any reality show that involves children canceled.

  3. Tina Moss says:

    Isn’t there a federal law against the exploitation of children? Cause this sure fits the bill. Disgusting.

  4. asraidevin says:

    I caught the Honey Boo Boo this weekend while we were watching Moving UP with Doug on TLC.

    There is some crazy stuff on TV. I think the top of my list is the Bachelor/Bachelorette. The whole idea of finding love like this is stupidity. How many relationships from the show have lasted? Three currently (all from the Bachelorette- apparently the women are much better at choosing) but one is from the last showing.

    And the lowest of the low of reality shows is Cash Cab and Instant Cash (the one where a ATM/cash machine asks you questions or gets you to do dumbshit for money).

    • Hi Asrai – I’m not a Bachelor/Bachelorette watcher, but I can see the appeal. To me it’s kind of like watching a bad romance novel in action. You want the happy ending, but the train wreck is fun to witness. For me the thing is, they’re adults and if they choose to be part of that, fine.

      I’ve never heard of the last 2 you mention — Cash cab and Instant Cash. They sound like shows my kids would watch (they love Wipeout)