In an act of journalistic nose-thumbing, cultural bottom-feeding, or a sign that the world truly has gone to hell in a hand basket, Barbara Walters has invited the pudgy, potty-mouthed reality star, Alana Thompson, aka Honey Boo Boo, to a seat at the table along with vaunted figures Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie at the always fascinating event called her “Most Fascinating People.”
Apparently there really is no accounting for taste.
Much like Time Magazine claims their “Person of Year” is not necessarily someone to admire but, rather, the person who’s made the most significant impact, good or bad, in the given year, one can only hope Ms. Walters uses the same egalitarian criteria for her own choices. The cultural impact of the “redneck” family that orbits around a quirky beauty pageant contestant and a rough and rounded family matriarch is undeniable. That it is undeniable is enough to make even a remotely evolved person squirm a little, but there you have it.
Ms. Walters is apparently aware of the “squirm factor,” maybe even a bit defensive about it. According to Us Weekly, as reported by the appropriately named section of Yahoo, OMG!:
“A lot of people will say, ‘For heaven’s sake, this is ridiculous, this is a child at 5 or 6 years old entering beauty contests,’” she says. “But the relationship between Alana and her mother — that’s the story, the two of them. It’s very touching.”
The fart jokes and go-go juice Alana [Honey] and her family enjoy so much belie serious, old-fashioned family values, Walters argues.
“Honey Boo Boo is not an obnoxious little girl. She’s sweet and loving with her mother and loving with her sisters [Jessica, Lauryn and Anna]. And now Anna has a new baby, and the baby has [three] thumbs — but so what? It’ll make you smile,” says the ABC standout.
Fart jokes, three thumbs … “old fashioned values”? Are you smiling yet? Fascinated? Need more?
We’ll leave you to watch the video below and decide yourself: