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Reality TV and the Demise of Innocence

photo– by JoAnn Richi

Amid allegations that Alana Thompson’s mother ‘Mama June’ took up with a sex offender, the reality show ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ is now history. However, in looking back at it’s long run one cannot help but ask why this tasteless display of  low living captivated millions of viewers for several years.

Perhaps the answer can be found in the original TLC program that catapulted little Honey Boo Boo, and her family, into the national eye; the equally mesmerizing ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’

Ever since the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, the gorgeous six year old pageant winner of the mid ‘90s, America has been fascinated with, and horrified by, the phenomena of little girls transformed into miniature Barbie Dolls, sashaying across the stage to win beauty contests. We decry their loss of innocence, express disgust at the entire process and blame the mothers; but we can’t stop watching.

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