America failed to tune into the RNC over the last few days because there was something more important going on. No, it was not Hurricane Irene. It wasn’t even to take time to reflect on how America will be much better with the Jersey Shore being cancelled. It was a new whirlwind of a show from TLC called “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”. Yes, a show about a self-proclaimed redneck daughter’s life is more important than weighing out the two men who want to lead America for the next four years.
I’m a Republican, through and through, but isn’t at least listening to how Mitt Romney and friends claim they will fix America more important than Sugar Bear hustling a bed over the thresh-hold of his home to put together? Mitt Romney’s wife has more money invested in her underwear collection than all of Honey Boo Boo’s neighborhood, yet she was busy claiming that she lead a hard knock life and is an every-woman for America. And to think, Honey Boo Boo and every family like hers who watch this show will probably vote for Ann Romney, because they are ‘connected’.
If shows like Toddlers and Tiaras have taught us one thing, it’s that America is failing. When a show about overweight mothers living vicariously through their daughters is prime rib for America’s appetite for entertainment, we have a world of trouble. Whatever happened to Reagan’s America where kids worked hard, parents put in overtime and still had time to do family dinner at least 6 times a week.
The new generation of kids who grow up watching this nonsense with their parents, with extracurricular being thumb texting duck-lipped photos of each other in their underroos to their classmates, are being groomed to be the future of this country. We’re already struggling to keep up with innovation, determination and maintaining a nation. Shows like “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” represent the last song played before the Titanic finally sank. We’re a sinking ship, America, and your prioritized tastes in television viewing habits is proving the point.
I truly hope this show fizzles out. I have nothing against the kid Honey Boo Boo, but I do have something against this new age reality tv. When shows about a pack of swamp-dwelling men with 3 good teeth between them plotting to skin gators and having their English speech close-caption translated so the rest of us, who speak the same language, can understand them is considered prime time entertainment, we have a problem. When Turtle Man represents the high-end IQ of History Channel, we have a problem. When little girls are paraded around in little sparkly outfits for all to see, as their moms slop down bologne sandwiches and America cheers on represents quality time at nights, we have a problem.
We wonder why our education system is failing. Why are standards are sliding. Why know one can really distinguish fake news from real news these days? It’s because critical thinking and demand for quality entertainment is extinct. Honey Boo Boo bear is robbing the picnic basket of common sense for this country, without even having to call in Yogi for reinforcement.