To The Commenters Who Ripped Apart Honey Boo Boo…

Earlier this month I was asked to write the post, “17 Reasons Honey Boo Boo is Better Than You.” I had never written a “Better Than You” post but I knew that they were some of the most controversial ones on our site. These articles aren’t meant to make readers feel bad about themselves, but rather they are meant to entertain in a tongue-in-cheek manner. I personally read them as a way to learn more about a particular person in a silly format.

There were a lot of comments calling Honey Boo Boo fat and ugly. One reader wrote, “There’s nothing better about this fat pile of horse sh**.” ┬áThere was another reader who went through all 17 reasons listed in the article and gave his own opinion. Among his reasons for disliking Honey Boo Boo and her family, he repeatedly called her family “white trash.” Yet another commenter called her, “a little down-syndrome midget-looking kid.” The single user who liked Honey Boo Boo was called, “retarded” by another commenter. Someone else said that her mother, “needs to go kill herself and send the body to Ethiopia, they’ll be able to eat for years off that fat whale.” I’ll stop here but a lot of these negative comments were liked by other readers as well.

It’s one thing to attack an adult, but I think it more than crosses the line to write comments about a little girl. I get what some of the other commenters were saying about the sad fact that a lot of American TV consists of reality shows but attack that fact, not the little girl herself. She is only a kid! I know that since she is a public figure people feel that it’s okay to say whatever they want, but I think there’s a difference between freedom of speech and poor taste. Saying that she’s mentally handicapped and fat doesn’t constructively criticize the show, it just offends a large number of people and pokes fun at a group that can’t defend themselves. Calling the family “white trash” isn’t alright either. All people have intrinsic value and calling them “trash” strips that away. And quite frankly, that term is classist.

You can only call someone white trash if you believe that you’re above them. Sure, I don’t agree with everything Honey Boo Boo’s mother does or how she raises her child, but I’m coming from a different family culture and perspective. Their life is different than mine and that’s what makes it fun to watch. And isn’t calling someone “white trash” racist? Why is that okay? I’ll answer my own question — it’s not. And suggesting that someone should kill themselves certainly isn’t right either.

I know that this article won’t get a third of the views that the original one did but I had to say something. I just hope that this will get people to think about what they write before they post it. It’s fine not to like something but let’s aim for an open, hostility-free environment when it comes to differing opinions.

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    1. Ellen - University of Manchester says:

      Very happy you wrote this. I'm always sad when 'better than you' posts get a bunch of negative comments, because I always find them hilarious!

    2. I agree with everything you said. The fact that Honey boo boo is so popular says more about our country than her family. As for the negative commenters – Yeah, you're entitled to your opinion. Yes, the internet is a obvious medium for your opinion. But that doesn't always mean you should say every little nasty negative thing you think. Didn't your momma teach you: "don't say anything if you can't say something nice"?

      1. Tiffany-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says:

        Thank you! That’s exactly how I feel. Just because you can say something doesn’t mean you should.

    3. Molly - UNL says:

      I think some of our readers take things way too seriously sometimes. Like…this website is called CollegeCandy – not something else. It's clearly supposed to be a lighthearted website for college girls. We write about sex, dating, celebrities, and fashion, so yeah – if we say someone is "better than you" we're probably joking.

    4. Millie81112 says:

      I don't like Honey Boo-Boo…I think she's annoying. But some of the comments people wrote really hit close to home…

    5. Kandace Fish says:

      I wish i saw the 17 opinons. I love this show. I'm from NY, and from expierence we New Yorkers are quite the snobs… But to post nasty things about this family and especially about a 5-6 year old little girl is horriable. I think they are who they are and that is why we live in the U.S.A. because we can all be what we want. It is a reality show and I think its fun to watch. I love little Honey Boo Boo, her sisters, her mom, and her dad are real people living a real life. Ease up folks they are Americans living their life the way Americans should free and without prejudice<<<darn spelling lol.

    6. Great article….I think Honey Boo Boo and June are uber intelligent, they get the joke now and play it. (See them reading Christopher Walken Jokes). Add in that HBBC is only 7 years old!! What kid is going to be prim and proper at 7.

      I think there are alot of people insulting her weight and look, which is just mean – would they want their 7 year old to spend 2 mins on google to see the world ripping them apart. Attack the show (which is very manipulative) or the outragousness but know its no different then Rupauls Drag Race. This is a real kid, who was told be who you are, and society is knocking her down.

      I think we all would be half as lucky to be as outragous and funny as Alana.

    7. Shelby says:

      Great post! I agree! To speak like that of a child and say such horrible things that aren't even true shows no cooth at all. It's extremely sad. I'm glad someone can stand up for what they believe in! You need need to defend your article or the comments but that, I believe, makes you a great person and great writer.

      1. Tiffany-University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says:

        Thank you so much! It means a lot to see comments like this from readers!

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