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Published: Friday, Sept. 7 2012 1:33 p.m. MDT

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Older Mom
Roswell, GA

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.

Nan BW
ELder, CO

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.

fonu1
CEDAR CITY, UT

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.

ImaUteFan
West Jordan, UT

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.

raybies
Layton, UT

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...

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