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Diatribe: Smelling Honey Boo Boo.


BooBooI’ve never watched Here Comes Honey Boo Boo but I’ve read enough to know that I don’t want to see it.  As far as I can tell, cable channel TLC has been exploiting seven-year-old child beauty pageant participant Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson, along with her mother June Shannon, father Mike Thompson, and three older sisters since the “reality show” premiered in August 2012.  The program is mostly produced in and around the family’s hometown in rural McIntyre, Georgia.  The Thompsons originally gained fame appearing on TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras, which exploits the lives of child beauty pageant contestants and their families.

Just when I thought we’d seen the worst that television has to offer, TLC appears to be offering programming more offensive and outrageous than ever.  They want viewers to SMELL Honey Boo Boo!

booboo2Unbelievably, the season two premiere episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, scheduled for July 17th, will be a “Watch ‘n Sniff” event.  Ten million “Watch ‘n Sniff” cards, featuring six potentially unpleasant and strong scents, will be available first in US Weekly and PEOPLE Magazines July issues.  Apparently, during the episode numbers will flash on the screen to let viewers know when to scratch and sniff the appropriate area of the card to experience an odor that corresponds with the action on television.  The cards will also be available at some Time Warner Cable retail stores across the country, as well as handed out by street teams in major markets.

“Get your card.  When you see the number on your TV, scratch the corresponding number, take big whiff and see what you smell!” – “Mama June” Shannon

booboo3Clearly, TLC has no shame and this gimmick could be a new low.  Then again, fans of the eccentric family might enjoy the opportunity to “redneckognize” the smells of the kooky characters.

“We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to kick off the new season than with two Watch ‘n Sniff episodes.  The family loves coming up with crazy games and hijinks, so now our audience gets to play along with one.” – Amy Winter, TLC general manager

As far as I’m concerned, come July 17th, reality television will get a little too real.



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From → Diatribes

  1. I can imagine that this entire show smells like sadness and desperation.


  2. Reality TV is anything but real these days.


  3. I think the show is a “boo-boo.” The only cure is not to watch. From what I have read having not watched the show, it is like someone with a camera crew followed people home from the Jerry Springer show.


  4. Too real for me!


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