OMG! What is this country coming to? We are nearly two months away from the upcoming election and president politics could not beat the charm of a 7 year old pageant queen.
Just in case you live under a rock or are not familiar with the political process, in November voters will decide who will run our country for the next four years. That’s kind of a big deal! But instead of tuning in to a political party’s Presidential nomination party more television viewers were interested in Honey Boo Boo Child, okayyyyy.
According to Nielsen ratings, TLC’s reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Child” drew 2.9 million viewers while Fox News’ Wednesday night 10pm coverage of the Republican National Convention had 1.2 million viewers.
For those not familiar with the “Toddlers and Tiara’s” spinoff, the show features Alana Thompson (aka Honey Boo Boo) and her self-proclaimed “redneck” family. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Alana’s mom said she believes viewers relate to her family.
“A lot of our fan base tells us that when they have a bad day they can be able to watch our show and be able to get a good laugh” said June Shannon, Honey Boo Boo child’s mom. I actually laugh at the show too… it’s just all about having fun and making memories.”
Americans need to have fun, especially at a time when families continue to struggle financially. So, I can understand the charm of Honey Boo Boo. It is funny to see a chubby little girl drink a mixture of Red Bull and Mountain Dew known as “go-go” juice and run around saying phrases like ”A dollar make me wanna holler” . That’s good television! But on the flipside, Alana and her family will not fix the nation’s problems. I doubt the economy or unemployment numbers will improve because of their reality show. (That is, unless you are a relative who benefits from the show’s success, then your financial situation may get better).
On the other hand, politics can be boring. But it is important. The decisions voters make at the polls in November will affect the direction of our country for the next several years. As Election Day approaches, it is important for voters to understand the differences between President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. That means millions of Americans will spend the next few weeks glued to their televisions, following the campaigns and listening to each candidate make his pitch for the Presidency.
The stakes are high! Hopefully millions of American won’t be consumed by the antics of a reality television family and pay less attention to the issues most vital to the nation’s future. Because spending millions of uniformed voters to the polls is dangerous. They could make the mistake of electing a President who does represent America’s best interest and that would be a big boo boo, honey child!