Have you ever heard of the Baader-Meinhof effect? Basically it’s a cognitive illusion in which, once you become aware of something, you notice it everywhere. For us, 2012 meant a year of noticing wigs in every single aspect of our lives. From TV shows like Vampire Diaries to movies like Liz & Dick to meat space like celebrities’ heads, we couldn’t blink without seeing yet another wig. Nor did we want to.
For example, did anyone else see The Hobbit? Critics turned up their nose at the film’s length, but no one breathed a word about all the magnificent dwarf wigs. (It’s better this way. It was a delightful surprise.) While we try to figure out how to obtain a braided-beard-attached-to-a-toupee wig like ol’ Bombur, check out the best of the best of 2012′s wigs. Lindsay Lohan…you did us proud. Did we miss any winners? Please tell us. We genuinely want to know!
How can a show Adam Levine once called “the decline of Western Civilization” end up being one of the highest-rated cable shows this fall? Well, how many other shows feature an adorable kid, non-stop farting, extreme couponing and a pet chicken named Nugget? As far as we know, just Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. At this rate it would have been criminal not to make Honey Boo Boostar Alana Thompson and her family into a reality show. At least that’s what TV viewers 18-to-49 seem to think. Love them or love to hate them, you can’t possibly be surprised that Honey Boo Boo is number four on our 12 Celebs That Dominated 2012 list.
Oh Adam Levine. Poor, sweet, naive Adam Levine. Clearly we do not agree with his sentiments that Honey Boo Boo a.k.a. Alana Thompson is “the decay of Western Civilization,” but more importantly, we wonder where he’s been lately? “Seriously, Honey Boo Boo is the decay of Western civilization. Just because so many people watch the show doesn’t mean it’s good,” the Maroon 5 singer told GQ. “So many people witness atrocities and can’t take their eyes away from them, but that doesn’t mean they’re good. That show is literally The. Worst. Thing. That’s. Ever. Happened.” Oh sweet boy. Are he kidding? Here Comes Honey Boo Boo isn’t even the worst thing we watched on TV today! If Adam genuinely thinks Honey Boo Boo is a harbinger of our society’s demise, then where were his sharp observational skills when we first heard about….*
We’ve got a fever, and the only prescription is watching Honey Boo Boo and Mama read Christopher Walken film dialogue, including his infamous call for cowbell. After Christopher Walken ponderously read aloud lines about sketti and vajiggle jaggle from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo on Screen Junkies last week, the show invited Alana Thompson and June Shannon to read some notable Walken lines from movies ranging from Balls of Fury to True Romance. The most perfect moment would either have to be the cowbell line (duh) or when they sync Alana’s and June’s voice with Walken’s Pulp Fiction character. Oh, or when June is consumed with the desire to know where someone could hide a watch for two years. You know where, June. You know exactly where.
We know satisfying internet moments happen with enough frequency that it’s kind of cheezmo to declare the internet won or over every time something great happens. But really, guys, this pop culture call and response feels amazing. “I’ve got a prescription and the only thing to do is get some more cowbell”? “I’ve got a fever and the only prescription is this cowbell”? Also, both Alana and Christopher Walken seem equally as likely to scream “You’re a crybaby!” at a startled webseries host. Though only one of them would do it in real life, of course.
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