If you thought that defeating Barack Obama was the most important thing on the minds of most Americans, think again. You might not be able to fathom it, but Americans appear to have something more important on their minds, and as strange as this may sound its “Boo Boo.” You heard it right; Americans got “Boo Boo” on the mind; “Honey Boo Boo Child” that is. Come on; don’t pretend you haven’t heard the term. You know how they say it down south; “hey child, go get mama her shoes,” or “honey child, did you do your homework;” and then there’s the line, “Child Please,” don’t you know we’re supposed to go hunting with your daddy.” And I know I don’t have to tell you how they use the term “Boo Boo,” because “Child,” that’s one of the first things baby’s do. Some call it “doo doo” and some call it “Boo Boo,” but it’s all the same when it comes out.
Why am I taking about “Honey Boo Boo Child” in the same conversation with the likes of the President of the United States? Simply because the last day of the Republican National Convention, where they introduce and nominate their candidate for President of the United States, instead of attracting and galvanizing viewers from all walks of life throughout the nation, the RNC got “Boo Booed” on. In other words, Honey Boo Booed on the RNC ratings suggesting that American don’t care about Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan or the Republican National convention for that matter. Instead, Americans seem to prefer “Honey Boo Boo Child” over republican politics.
It’s nothing to take personally, it’s not an issue of partisan politics. While the GOP candidates may have spent the week making their voices heard in Tampa, trying to get their messages across, it seems as though more Americans are interested in getting their wisdom from a rather unlikely source: the mud-slinging, four-wheeler riding “Honey Boo Boo Child” and her redneck family.
Apparently, the clean-cut Ryan and Romney families just weren’t doing it for most people-or at least those watching TV during the RNC this week. According to reports, “Honey Boo Boo Child” got better ratings in the 18-49 demographic – an extremely significant group to Romney and Ryan ticket – than the RNC, Fox News Networks’ coverage of the RNC, or any other show during that time slot.
In fact, the hit TLC show about “Honey Boo Boo” and her redneck family from Georgia, had a rating increase of 30% from just one week prior, its highest ratings ever.
Total coverage of the RNC from all stations combined was, of course, much higher than TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” ratings.
What’s behind the success? Well, either people are actually that turned off by Ryan and Romney, or they’re just that smitten with Honey Boo Boo’s charm. We’re guessing the latter.
Honey Boo Boo’s mother June Shannon said to Ryan Seacrest on his radio show recently, “Our fan base tells us that when they have a bad day they can be able to watch our show and be able to get a good laugh; I honestly laugh at the show too because it is kind of funny, because we know we have fun filming it. It’s just all about having fun making memories.”
And, surprisingly, the family says they could really take or leave being on TV. “When Alana says she doesn’t want to do any more TV, ‘I don’t want to do any more pageants,’ then we’re done,” June says. “We go back to our regular life like we are now. We live a normal life. Sugar Bear still works seven days a week. The kids still go to school, and we still live our life normally. Nothing has really like changed since the show.”
As for the show’s schadenfreude quality, and backlash about the family’s “Toddlers and Tiaras”-side, Shannon seems pretty on point as a mom. “I am a parent, first and foremost. That’s how it is. I’m also their best friend and able to like come in with other situations. We have fun. We do act crazy a little bit, but we know when to be like serious. But if you’re not having fun with your kids and making memories, that’s what it is all about at the end of the day, man.”
The family has been filmed doing a variety of activities (from bobbing for pigs’ feet to extreme couponing), and June says there isn’t really anything she wouldn’t let TLC’s cameras film. “I’m pretty much open to everybody. I’m pretty much open to them filming, as long as it isn’t anything crazy.”
Maybe the RNC, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan should have gotten Honey Boo Boo Child to speak at their convention if they wanted to really win our hearts.