How reality TV like ‘Honey Boo Boo’ can shape debate on poverty

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  • SanTom Lawrenceville, GA
    Jan. 16, 2013 9:28 a.m.

    They aren't living in poverty. Maybe less than some of us, but so what! Looks a lot better then where I grew up. My question is how much "reality" is there in this or any other reality show. These people know they are being filmed and may be exaggerating their actions. And of course TLC edits and cuts the whole episode. I'm a little bit concerned that this is what viewers imagine all us Georgians are like. I was glad to hear that June is putting aside money for her brood. Perhaps by the time they are 21 they will have more sense then they do now!

  • athought Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 14, 2013 12:59 p.m.

    I can hardly believe this family is living near poverty level as I have heard that it's quite costly to enter kids into beauty pageants -- each entry going into the thousands of dollars. Where does the initial investment come from, and if all the money they make is going into a fund for the girls, where do they get the money to keep entering her in the pageants. I don't watch these shows, but in channel surfing came on it and watched a few minutes, and all I saw was a child acting very spoiled and a mom acting like an idiot. Maybe I should have watched more than just a few minutes, but that was enough. Bottom line, glad I don't act like Mommy, and if my kids acted like Honey Boo Boo, they'd be sitting uncomfortably for awhile. I don't like disrespectful kids, and that's what I saw and the older ones supporting it.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Jan. 14, 2013 6:56 a.m.

    Reality shows only tell part of the story--in fact they exist to exaggerate the aspects of humanity that feed our stereotypes about the topic in question. They accentuate the drama and the extreme or ridiculous choices people make, but they're not reflective of how most people live.

    I do wonder how the Redstate bloggers envision the poor if this show is somehow glorifying or enobling to the poor. I find the disgust with which they claim subsidizing their behavior is the problem to be kinda disgusting in itself. There will always be folks with less means. Should they all be miserable downtrodden and constantly eyes downturned, beggars on the streets. Are poor people not allowed to laugh and play or even have children?

    I'm wary of anyone who claims they can fix the "problem" with ideaology alone.

  • Pendergast Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 13, 2013 12:43 p.m.

    It could also shape the debate on literacy too.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Jan. 13, 2013 6:12 a.m.

    I actually wish they would use some of the money. Margarine and ketchup are not needed to make spagetti sauce. It's clear they respect money more than the gosselins, any teen mom, and every reality show we have seen besides this one to put money aside.

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Jan. 12, 2013 5:49 p.m.

    Isn't ironic that TLC (the learning channel) is devoted to programs highlighting stupidity & illiteracy?

    Reality TV is the greatest oxymoron EVER!

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Jan. 11, 2013 2:06 p.m.

    I am really tired of these shows. yes, they are entertaining.... but we really now are scrapping the bottom of humanities. The amount of TV I watch has dramatically decreased. News has gone the way of infotainment, and comedy has become a freak show parade. If it weren't for sports, I am not sure there would be much to watch anymore.

    Honey Boo Boo is a disgrace - not here - but the childhood which should be care free that is now blasted on millions of TV sets so we can all laugh at her and her family. But that goes for most of reality shows out there..... MTV is horrid.... and I used to love having that channel on.

  • Roscoe West Jordan, UT
    Jan. 11, 2013 1:26 p.m.

    The Beverly Hillbillies weren't real. The family on "Honey Boo Boo" is real and there are many more like them throughout this country.

  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Jan. 11, 2013 11:55 a.m.

    Wow are we becoming ultra sensitive. I remember this show called the Beverly Hillbillies. Lots of fun, and was really funny watching the Hillbillies try and fit in with the rich people in Beverly Hills.

    Should we cancel all those re-runs?

    Also, what is the difference between Honey Boo Boo and the Jersey Shore? Yes one has money and the other doesn't, but we are still watching those shows to laugh at the stupidity of those people.

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Jan. 10, 2013 3:17 p.m.

    The kid is entertaining. She'll probably be a comedian or a televangelist.