Everyone has been all a-twitter (and a-Tumblr and a-Facebook) about how TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo got better ratings on Wednesday than the Republican National Convention. To which we say: of course it did. Have you seen Honey Boo Boo? Despite what critics might think, the fact three million people tuned it to watch Alana Thompson (a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo) and her family tumble around Georgia this week is not the first sign of the Apocalypse. (The first sign was Courtney Stodden naming her birthday puppy…Dourtney.) Personally we can think of five great reasons that more people might have watched Honey Boo Boo than the RNC, such as:
1) Unlike politicians, you never know what Honey Boo Boo is going to say.
Even if you didn’t watch the RNC at all, you probably had a good idea what Mitt Romney and friends were going to talk about: jobs, economy, family, vote for me! Alana, on the other hand, might drop some totally unexpected truth bomb at any point. That’s what makes her such a delight.
2) Honey Boo Boo and her family at least seem like people you might know.
Look, some jerks might look down on the Honey Boo Boo gang for being proud hillbillies, but when compared to the immaculate hair, awkward stiffness and blue-white teeth of most politicians, Alana’s family is clearly the group you’d rather invite to a BBQ.
3. Honey Boo Boo has a pig that wears a tiara. His name is Glitzy.
Alana sadly had to give Glitzy away last week, but if the fat cats in politics really want people’s attention, they should put some actual fat cats in politics. Preferably with little top hats and monocles.
4. It’s educational!
As Bachelorette’s Rebel Wilson explained on Conan this week, Alana and her family are a huge help in developing her American accent.
5. Everyone basically knows who they’re going to vote for already.
We’re no political strategists, but we’re pretty sure most people know which candidate is getting their vote come November. “A lot of people say they can relate to us,” Alana’s mom June Shannon told Ryan Secrest on Wednesday. “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 is there anything more American than that?