There Goes Honey Boo Boo
The world is aghast at Honey Boo Boo the six year old beauty pageant contestant who was such a break out hit on Toddlers and Tiaras that she got her own show. Although John Doyle offered a spirited defense of this child and her family in today's Globe and Mail, you don't have to be an iced tea sipping elitist to ask "what the Hell is this doing on television?"
Which brings me to two great young ladies who recently guested on NewsTalk 1010. On Monday we spoke with Halle Tator the young girl Bruce Springsteen pulled up on stage to sing with him at the ACC on Friday night. At the risk of sounding like my own parents "what a lovely young girl". In the aftermath of her brush with fame she was sweet and completely without pretense. These days so many kids are ready for the spotlight they come across as creepy midgets (with apologies to little people).
And then there's Annaleise Carr the 14 year old who swam across Lake Ontario. She set a goal for herself and achieved it with grit, determination and aplomb. On The John Tory Show she was modest, unaffected and articulate. And she raised more than a hundred thousand dollars for a camp for kids with cancer to boot.
So let's set aside Honey Boo Boo and her family' relentless and shameless quest for publicity and celebrate girls who are notable for a reason.