Is Honey Boo Boo Fascinating? Or Sad?

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What does Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson have in common with One Direction, Gabby Douglas and Hilary Clinton? They’ve all been deemed as some of the “Most Fascinating People” by Barbara Walters.

Now before you throw your TV sets out the window, let’s hear from the legendary broadcast journalist as to why the 7-year-old beauty pageant contestant made the cut this year.

“It’s a love story,” Walters tells Us Weekly of the bond between the famous girl and her mother, June, on TLC’s breakout hit TV show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. “It’s a very sweet, loving story.”

And The View host knows it’s a stretch!

“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,’” The View host adds. “But the relationship between Alana and her mother — that’s the story, the two of them. It’s very touching.”

The 20/20 star continues: “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.”

I don’t know, is “sad” a better word to describe the life of a child beauty pageant contestant?

Maroon 5′s Adam Levine certainly has a few words on the topic.

“Seriously, Honey Boo Boo is the DECAY of Western civilization. Just because so many people watch the show doesn’t mean it’s good. So many people witness atrocities and can’t take their eyes away from them, but that doesn’t mean they’re good,” The Voice mentor tells GQ, going on to say, “That show is literally The. Worst. Thing. That’s. Ever. Happened. It’s complete f****g ignorance and the most despicable way to treat your kids. F*** those people. You can put that in the magazine: F*** those idiots. They’re just the worst. Sorry, I’m so sensitive to that — like, I don’t know, man, it’s upsetting. Just to clarify, I said, ‘F*** THOSE PEOPLE.’”

Well that’s a “fascinating” way of looking at it.

The only thing fascinating to me is that beauty pageants for children even exist! And when a reality show documents this and is watched by millions – and even deemed as “must-see TV” – I cannot help but be fascinated. Is this what our society enjoys watching?

Do you agree with Walters’ decision to include Honey Boo Boo on the “fascinating” list?

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