TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” Looks More Troubling Than Expected

On the other hand, it’s pretty amazing this network managed to find what is being called a “new low” in reality television.

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Honey Boo Boo, in case you’re unfamiliar, is a beauty pageant queen who is around 5 or 6 years old, and has horrified television audiences through appearances with her mom on talk shows and Toddlers & Tiaras. Normally when people look really bad on reality TV — Real Housewives, for instance — I feel sort of sorry for them, because their willful self-exploitation always seems to take them to dark places they weren’t expecting it to. In Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which is about HBB’s home life with her family on a ranch or farm-type setting that appears to include huge pits of mud, it seems like they’re trying to take their exploitation to that dark place — as quickly as possible.

If you’re feeling nostalgic, as people tend to for everything these days, remember HBB’s Toddlers & Tiaras days in this clip:

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