WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - The conventions are done, RG3's debut is history and now it's time to get down to the really important questions of the day:
Like what the heck is a Honey Boo Boo child? I'm apparently a bit tardy to this party, just discovering this latest manifestation of what I call our notoriety society.
In this case, it's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" on TLC. Hey, didn't that used to be the Learning Channel? Well, not anymore, as Honey Boo Boo child is Alana Thompson. She is 7. She is chubby and she is not ashamed. In fact, she does kiddy pageants, her natural energy jacked to the max by a Mountain Dew/Red Bull combination Mom calls "gogo juice."
The self described redneck family lives somewhere in small town Georgia. The show is a hit and that crazy little girl is the reason to watch. Last Wednesday for example, we found them at a bbq place where Honey Boo Boo ordered the chicken, and the barbecue and ribs. And when her mom says, "You really only get a meat and two sides," Honey Boo Boo replies, "I know, but why can't my two sides be meat?"
It's actually a good question, but a better one might be, why do we like this? People may say it's real or it's fun, but I'm wondering if perhaps we enjoy looking down our noses at the walking, talking, eating stereotypes on this show?
But hey this is America. Word is the Thompsons get 4 grand an episode, and if nothing else, that will buy a whole lot of Mountain Dew. To quote Honey Boo Boo, "Dolla makes me holla."