No one forced me, but I finally decided it was time to discover what all the business was about Honey Boo Boo. Even though I’ve made reference to the show featuring a former beauty tot, now 7, and her family, I’d never actually watched a full episode. I still haven’t, but I watched enough to need a jaw adjustment. Alas, a few minutes with “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” confirms that even mindlessness has its limits. It gives me no pleasure to add to the ridicule of Honey, whose real name is Alana, or her family.
To answer the header´s question: No, I don´t think "we" can (Whoever "we" is). Who would have thought--four years ago, say--that this kind of rubbish would be so hugely popular?
Parker´s choice of ancient Alexandria as a comparison, whether she actually did switch channels and find herself "sinking into a warm bath," as she describes the experience, reeks of a very lofty, sniffy and condescending superiority.
Rather than emphasizing her own highly superior brand of culture, Parker should have set about criticizing those who, like spectators at a car wreck, watch the series, program after program. But, then, that would be insulting a major part of the Obama constituency, I think.
Am I being superior? Superior to Kathleen Parker? I suppose I am!
The Honey Boo Boo circus serves on great purpose-- to show many white people to be fools and idiots. There is an especially heavy emphasis on people from the South being backward and ignorant of the smart and urbane ways of those in the more learned liberal "north".
This is a money=making sideshow that delivers the message that people in the South (who tend not to vote for libs, or are made to seem backward and unenlightened) should not be trusted to lead the loyal opposition to this strange regime in charge in Washington or their friends in the media should show us how to live our lives.
TrailerTrash sells in this country. We have four kids and none of their families have cable TV--all are very good students and love to play outdoors. They don´t even know who Honey Boo Boo is--nor do they care.
The rest of the article aside, I agree with her that the fact of an audience that supports this show (as well as many others) is depressing. To me it explains - or at least exposes a symptom - of many deep problems in the country, including how Obama got reelected. And yes, it exploits white trash, which is one of the last groups that can be exploited this way without backlash and accusations of racism.
#21, The Beverly Hillbillies weren´t presented as illiterate rednecks. They were presented as ´backwards´, but their ´backward´ ways were often clearly better than the snooty, arrogance of their ´betters´ in the city. I remember them as salt of the earth types and recall several shows that ended with the ´city folk´ joining in on the ´backwards´, down-home fun.
#9, I would like to continue with your thesis. I have thought for some time that there are several shows that seem designed to make ´southern´ people into foreigners. I get so annoyed when I see shows like Swamp People and Moonshiners using subtitles, as if we couldn´t understand ´their language´.
I thought it was just hollywood arrogance but I think you are right; I think this is another attempt to separate and divide.
For what it´s worth, #22, I´ve seen a couple of commercials and, while I don´t have any trouble with southern accents, that little girl does not ´talk normal´. I think it is a combination of baby talk and dialect.
I am not a high-minded stupid liberal who thinks she is on a higher plane than conservatives... but this time I have to agree with Parker´s entire article. (LOL... I agree with Kathleen Parker? Will wonders never cease?)
A few months ago I decided to watch the program to see what all the hoopla was about. Like Parker, I could not watch more than a very few minutes of this "entertainment" - I was totally disgusted.
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