Quote of the Day, August 5th, 2014, excerpted from “From ‘Good Times’ to ‘Honey Boo-Boo’: who is poor on TV?” by Elizabeth Blair of NPR
“There’s a lot of debate about the subject of entertainment TV’s depiction of poverty. Do audiences empathize with the poor people they see or look down on them?
Take one of the most recognized — and reviled — of today’s reality TV shows: TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. The Thompson family is overweight, crude and obsessed with child beauty pageants. One critic in The Washington Times called Honey Boo Boo’s family ‘stupid, lazy and hopeless.’ Another, in Salon, said it’s an example of reality TV’s ‘endless carnival of the impoverished-on-display.’”