“It wasn’t love at first sight. It was bed at first sight. You’ve got to try the milk before you buy the cow.” — Mama on when she first met Sugar Bear (Barker, 2012)
The sexual innuendoes and provocative costumes keep on rolling in an episode of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”, a spin off from American reality show “Toddlers and Tiaras”. Honey-Boo-Boo is the nickname that 6 year old girl Alana Thomson gave herself the star child on the show. Though watching Honey-BooBoo seems more like a comedy show than a reality show.
‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ and ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ has caused mixed emotions in the public. It is so addictive to watch yet you know that it is so so wrong. You just can’t get enough.
“I like to get down and dirty redneck style.” — Honey Boo Boo (Barker, 2012)
Some say that it is a must see TV show while others find it highly offensive and worry about the effects of this show on child exploitation. “The show’s pilot episode was met by mixed reviews: A.V. Club gave the episode a C-, calling it a “train wreck”, Salon called it “fascinating” but also “an exploitative mess” and the Washington Post said the show was “horrifying and yet strangely sweet.”” (b., 2012)
This raises the issues of Children and the Media in today’s society. Are the children of today growing up too quickly? Are they exposed to too much?
Alongside the teen stars; Miley Cyrus, Justin Beiber, Demi Lovato, Lidnsey Lohan and soon to be Eden Wood, we see in rise in moral panic with a generation of children growing up these dangerous trends in our society of drugs, drinking, sex scandals and more more. These are all promoted in the media, so does this mean that we are exposing children with bad habits? Well it definitely causes our moral panic to spread like wildfire.
Through these 6 weeks of in BCM110 it has caused me to actively question the role that media has in our society and most importantly in my own life. Media is a huge part of my everyday life and I have realised how much it influences my opinions. It has allowed me to question things that I normally wouldn’t second guess. And of course I have had an absolute blast! I have picked up many skills in being aware of advertisements, the effects of media and our generation as a media-crazed bunch.
Just this afternoon when writing this post, I was sitting in the children’s section of the library when I was interrupted by an angry 5 year old boy snatching his iPad out of his sister’s hands and yelling “I TOLD YOU NO SELFIES!” Now how’s that for analysis.
Barker B 2012, Honey Boo Boo’s Best Quotes, Reality Nation, viewed April 14th 2014, <http://www.realitynation.com/tv-shows/here-comes-honey-boo-boo/honey-boo-boo-quotes/23623/#_is=1kbqnit1996dkv10xn2h2daf0kqt >
b. 2012, Honey Boo Boo Child, Know Your Meme, viewed April 14th 2014, <http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/people/honey-boo-boo-child >