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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Watching Honey Boo Boo is a Grave Sin

Honey Boo Boo is a cute name. She is a cute girl. I have no issue with Honey Boo Boo. I have an issue with the fact that she is being used and what that does to a person. Who is she being used by? The point of the show is that she is being used by her mother to win talent contests, but she is being used by the show too. The producers want money and success. Her mother wants some sort of validation that she hopes to get from putting her through beauty contests. Here is a girl, a creation of God, who is learning to all the wrong lessons from her mother about beauty and self-esteem, and is learning further wrong lessons from the show's producers about being sarcastic and crude.

People think it is so funny to watch a child do something inappropriate. There is a whole class of humor that revolves around teaching a child to use profanity or to be sexual. Jesus says, "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea." Not that it is a sin when the child does what they are encouraged to do, but that the sin occurs when they grow older. We are the product of our childhood experiences.

What does it mean when a child actor is used to depict something inappropriate? "It is fiction", we are told, "Plus it is reality anyway. These things happen." But the child was used to depict such things. The child was taught to say such things. Even if no one ever taught Honey Boo Boo to say or do anything particular for the TV show (it is "reality" TV after all and they would not dare fake that), she is clearly encouraged when she is at her worst. If we watch that, how can we be considered innocent?

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