Friday, September 28, 2012

Honey Boo Boo

I watched one episode of this show and was so uninterested. But this post is not about my opinion of the show. Recently when I was listening to The Breakfast Club, Charlamagne said something that stuck out to me. He said if Honey Boo Boo's family was Black, Black people would be 
petitioning and would be upset to see our race depicted on TV in this manner. And he is absolutely right. 

I remember when Jersey Shore and Mob Wives started, Italian people were not pleased with how the cast of each show was representing them. Then I started to think, do White people get upset when they see people of their race shown on TV in a certain way? Or is that a feeling only "minorities" experience? 

I did see a report on the news in which Honey Boo Boo's neighbors talked about how the show was a bad representation of their town. They were more concerned about the portrayal of where they live rather than the portrayal of their race. I wonder why they don't care about how Honey Boo Boo's family represents them. And if any White people do actually care, why haven't they made their feelings known to the public?


On the flip side, it could be that all of us (no matter what race) need to realize that just because people of our race are on TV acting in ways we would not, does not mean they are a negative representation of everyone in the race. Look at these reality shows as entertainment and move on.

Much respect to Honey Boo Boo and her family, because they are getting a nice come up from this show. But what price are they paying for all this attention? Reality stars put their lives out there for the world to see for money and fame. But I wonder if it's really worth it...

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