Why would we want to watch examples of good parenting? reality shows are all
about showing dysfunctional people so that we all feel good about ourselves, not
because we're good parents, but because we're better than those other
guys on the Teevee. We all crave this comparative fantasy. I can be
as bad as I like because I'm not as bad as the other guy. Meanwhile we
slowly let our standards slip and we cheat ourselves out of a quality life,
because it's just not worth the effort and it's still better than that
guy on TeeVee...
Pathetic that this program had more viewers that the Republican National
Convention in the 18- 49 demographic. Shows you where our priorities are as a
society, doesn't it?Sad, pathetic and embarrassing.
If any of us are looking to television to find something in order to better
ourselves as human beings, we're gonna have to look loooong and hard. TV
and most other media are not designed with the intent of enlightenment.
It's about entertainment, and, of course, money. Sadly, that means
appealing to some of our basest human tendencies, including voyeurism--thus the
boom in "reality" programming. Apparently, an awful lot of us need to
feel less inadequate in our own lives, so we watch and then pick apart our
fellow human beings as they struggle with weight loss, drug addiction, teen
parenthood, and hoarding. We create celebrities out of hard-partying,
promiscuous, over-tanned and undereducated young adults from New Jersey, or
mothers desperately living vicariously through their sexualized toddlers because
by comparison our own nasty habits don't seem that bad. I've watched
"Honey Boo Boo". Alana is a very likeable kid. Her mom isn't as
"dumb" as she may appear. The family seems to embrace their flaws with
humor. But if other "reality" programs are any indication, it
isn't likely to end well.
It could be said I shouldn't comment since I don't watch television,
anytime, ever, but without ever seeing it, I know this is not something that
will help any viewer, any age, become a more thoughtful, helpful, more capable,
more any favorable person. The motivation for putting together such junk cannot
be appropriate. It is sad, pathetic and disgusting that we as Americans promote
or tolerate such viewing material.
My adult daughter, and I were watching television recently, and saw a portion of
this show. To my daughter and I the show was appalling. I feel like beauty
pageants for children are so detrimental to their self esteem. Either they end
up hating themselves or they end up spoiled, self-centered adults. One has only
to look at the fate of many past television child stars to see what the future
holds for this child. Some day she will realize that people were laughing at
her, and the results will not be positive. The only reason I can
think of, that a parent would subject a child to this type of humiliation, must
be for fame or monitary reasons. I am suspecting both. This area of Georgia is
very financially depressed. Honey's attitude and behavior do
not give me high hopes for the future of this child. Georgia has been trying to
help raise the education level with scholarships, etc for those in poor rural
areas. Saddly I do not see a well balanced adult with a good college education
coming from all of this.