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Published:September 27th, 2012 12:28 EST

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: Important Cultural Milestone

By Robert Paul Reyes

I`ve written a series of articles on TLC`s reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo", and they`ve garnered a lot of hits. This comes as no surprise; we can`t get enough of the precocious child and her redneck family.


I`ve been accused by a few haters of writing about Honey Boo Boo Child simply to elicit hits for the Student Operated Press.

I write about every subject under the sun, but I am primarily known as a pop culture critic. How could I ignore the biggest pop culture phenomenon since Justin Bieber?

Some suggest that I should instead tackle issues like global warming, the presidential election or the war in Afghanistan. I write over a thousand articles every year, and indeed I have written many essays about those weighty subjects.

But I am of the opinion that you can make a statement about the human condition by penning editorials about weird news items, and celebrities. In fact, I believe that unless you immerse yourself in pop culture you will never understand what makes our great nation tick.

"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" brings to the forefront these important issues: The epidemic of obesity, the plight of the working poor, teenage pregnancy, the exploitation of children, and the illiteracy of the poor.

The patriarch of this reality show, Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson works seven days a week at a chalk mine to support his blended family. Sugar Bear is a man of few words, but the few syllables that he utters speak of his love for his family, including the three older girls of whom he`s not the biological father. Sugar Bear`s income is barely able to keep his family living above the poverty level, let`s not be too hard on him for allowing his family`s privacy to be invaded by TLC. He is the true star of this reality show, if only he had his own silly catchphrase he might get some respect.

Any blogger or columnist who doesn`t tackle " Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" is being derelict in his responsibility to cover the important news of the day. Elitists may look with disdain at Honey Boo Boo and the bloggers who cover the hit reality show, but I am clearly filling a real need.

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