October 25, 2012 03:00 PM by Megan Wilson
The media blast that has followed Honey Boo Boo is creating ramifications in the 7 year old Here Comes Honey Boo Boo star’s life. Her recent appearance on Dr. Drew brought criticism as she faked being asleep on TV, refused to answer questions, and said she hated it when fans came up to her. Could this be the beginning of the end for Honey Boo Boo?
There is no denying the fact that being shoved into the spotlight is going to have deep ramifications on a seven year old. She’s endured a harrowing schedule of media appearances, filming deadlines, and internet fame. What do we really expect? She went from a playful, normal girl in rural Georgia to a household name known for one liners and drinking go-go juice almost overnight. Many people are asking if the girl is being used like a “Puppet” by her family for the financial gain.
During the famous spot on the Dr. Drew show, Honey Boo Boo is faking sleep while her “Coupon Queen” mom is seen in the background, saying “Come on, Alana, let’s get this done so we can go.” It’s heartbreaking, really. Alana goes on to say that she hates it when fans come up to her, and admits that she’s called Honey Boo Boo at her elementary school. It’s obvious that the reality TV persona that is Honey Boo Boo has invaded Alana’s private life. It’s not clear what the future holds for her, but hopefully her family can either create boundaries, or step out of the spotlight all together so Alana can have a chance at a somewhat normal upbringing.
Her mom seems to relish the fame that the show has brought, but hopefully she realizes that there is a point where it has gone too far. Alana obviously is crying out for some normalcy; the chance to be a normal 7 year old girl. Many people fear that she will go the way of other child stars. We hope for her sake that this doesn’t happen.
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