Interestingly, it may be Alana Thompson (‘Honey Boo Boo’) herself who takes the responsibility of putting the kibosh on her role as the family’s gravy train. This may not even be conscious, but either way, good for her.
A short video of Alana as she acts out on Dr. Drew is being used as a “tease” for a longer interview to be aired tonight.
Both Dr. Drew and her mother are clearly embarrassed by Alana’s behavior as she almost hits Dr. Drew, pretends to sleep and then snorts in his face. Clearly, this is not how she has been coached to behave.
Alana may have discovered how much power she really has and is responding in a more sane way than most of the people around her. How sad when children are charged with the responsibility of setting boundaries that adults won’t.
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I did a double take. Looking for a picture of Honey Boo Boo that didn’t make me cringe, I combed a plethora of them on the internet. Maybe I could find one of her looking like the chubby child she is; or perhaps one without the layers of makeup and sans wig plopped like a bird’s nest on her head.
Instead, I came across a parody of a very real looking PEOPLE magazine cover calling her “the sexiest woman alive.” Should we be surprised at such a parody when she is treated and rewarded for behaving precisely like one?
A large part of the culture has lost it’s way. They have trouble seeing how sexualizing children can profoundly damage their development. I suppose that calling this little girl a sexy woman points out just how out of control this trend has become. Perhaps that was the intent. What’s not funny is little girls being robbed of childhood. Many continue to search for it throughout their lives. Thus, they become perpetual children, robbed of portions of their adulthood as well.
The culture that created this debacle must now be the entity to draw the line–not with bans on beauty pageants or absurd, blanket regulations–but with a true understanding of generational boundaries and child development that puts it out of favor.
Even when one writes a book in which two of the intended themes are self-acceptance and substance over symbolism, it’s tough to escape self-scrutiny when seeing oneself on TV–especially as compared to people we usually see there. (Jerry Springer, Honey Boo Boo and Reality TV not withstanding)
Ironically, thinking we must live up to an impossible standard is part and parcel of “fear of thin.” More on that in future posts.
I found this interesting in light of an upcoming speaking engagement (date to be announced) for a sorority which considers it so important to fight back against weight obsessions and women’s body-bashing, that they’ve instituted “no-fat-talk-Fridays.” They also teach workshops on body image.
I commend sororities like Delta Delta Delta and hope more will follow suit. Now, if only they could have a chat with me before I do my next TV interview.