In all honesty I had no idea how to approach this article. Aaron Mannari (Lemonade’s El Presidente) sent me a video with the title “Moving Up” by Alana Thompson and said “write something for this.” I honestly had no idea what on earth it was when I clicked on it, but after the video started rolling, the visual and aural absurdity that had suddenly invaded my desktop left me shaking my head in complete disbelief.
It would be easy for me to sit here and pick on a child like Honey Boo Boo. I mean let’s face it, having to sit through 20 seconds of her singing is beyond annoying. However, with that said, I know that if I had made a music video at that age, people would have more than likely found me annoying as well.
Honey Boo Boo isn’t the problem here. How many of us were chubby little kids who didn’t know why people were actually laughing at us? Just me? Ok moving on then. As I was saying, the problem isn’t Honey Boo Boo, the problem is that her mom, Mama June, and in this case “viral video artist” Adam Barta continue to milk a seemingly innocent, yet potentially harmful, cultural phenomenon.
Thankfully for most of us, embarrassing videos of us as children have only been seen by a very small audience and our suffering has been kept to a minimum, but that won’t be the case for Alana Thompson. She’s a child who is blindly following cues that those who know better are giving her. One day she will realize that the masses weren’t laughing with her, but at her and I would hate to think of what that could do to a teen’s psyche when they are no longer sheltered from the real world.
I am not saying that will happen, but what I do know is that we spend a lot of time worrying about every photo-shopped model and rejected actress because of the potential issues those sort of things could bring up in young girls, yet we seem to turn a blind eye toward exploitation disguised as family programming regardless of it’s long term effects on kids like Alana.
Hey, maybe I am part of the problem by sharing this. The video had over 2,000,000 views the last time I checked and my post might add a handful to that for all that I know. With that said, I do believe in there being a ying and a yang to everything and I can only hope that people will look at this painful YouTube abomination and see it for what it is. Adults who should know better using a kid who doesn’t have a clue.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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