A friend of mine posted a silly meme on Facebook—it was a picture of that Honey Boo-Boo child (Alana), dressed in her pageant finery and posing grandly, and the caption was “Prevent Natural Disasters”. There was a Trojan condom logo in the lower corner.
I thought it was quite funny.
Someone immediately commented that it is horrible to make fun of a child and say that she should never have been born. Nowhere had anyone said that the child should not have been born. This guy went on to argue that we should not make fun of a six-year-old kid. I find that interesting, as the kid’s mother has been pimping her kids out for years to television companies, violating her family’s right to privacy by signing the rights to that privacy over to television companies, and all around generally acting like an idiot and debasing her family, opening them up to judgment and mockery. But somehow a meme is to blame? Riiiight. I personally don’t watch the show Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo, nor do I bother engaging in conversation about that family or Honey Boo-Boo herself–but I found it strange that a guy would take it upon himself to attack his sister-in-law–on Facebook–for sharing a silly meme. With all of the other things going on in the world, he felt that was a significant enough issue to argue over. I found that troubling in and of itself.
Anyway, the reason I found the meme so funny was that it immediately reminded me of the movie Idiocracy, where American society has been so dumbed down that a guy of average intelligence suddenly seems like a genius. To me, Honey Boo-Boo—the show, the family and, frankly, the child herself—represent the dumbing down of American society. (And it is inevitable that by making their lives public property and accepting payment in return, this family is opening itself up for a world of ridicule. They ARE ridiculous.)
Television is making people stupid. And Honey Boo-Boo represents everything stupid about television. That was a major part of why I laughed.
I also think it’s ridiculous that June, Alana’s mom, has exploited her child not once, but twice, by pimping her out to reality shows (Toddlers and Tiaras, anyone?) and had her dancing in a bar for money!
Do I think this little girl should not exist? Of course not! And I never said such a thing. But do I think that society is pumping out and raising way too many kids like her, symbols of how ridiculous we are now? Yes, frankly, I do. Do I think we need more little “natural disasters” (June refers to her kids as “natural disasters”) like Honey Boo-Boo running around acting foolish and seeking attention? No, I sure as hell don’t. I feel sorry for this child, who perhaps had a world of potential, but because of her family, particularly her attention-seeking mother, she is now a victim of circumstance.
I’m not bullying a child—-I’m laughing at what we’ve become. Unfortunately for little Alana, she is the face of just how ridiculous America is becoming. Intelligence and rational thought are things of the past, and mindless television consumption of outrageously stupid proportions is the present and likely the future.
I’m sorry, little Alana, but you are ridiculous. And you love it. You love all the attention you are getting. And like anyone who seeks attention, you are bound to get some negative press.
And I really do think that if, like June, someone is going to feed their kids road kill and Red Bull, make them dance in bars for money, and subject their entire family to the humiliation of being put on display as obese, farting slobs for the entertainment of the unwashed masses, then perhaps it is best if they DON’T have kids.
I’m not wishing little Alana out of existence. But I also don’t think that people should engage in parenting the way June does. It’s not that I think Alana should never have been born—it’s that I don’t think people like her parents should have kids.
Does that make me a bully? I don’t think so. I’m just tired of seeing kids like Alana pay for their parents’ stupidity and selfishness.
And yeah, that meme was damn funny.