Lots of critics like to wax poetic about 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,' claiming that the series signifies the death of television as a medium or some other sensationalist statements. The truth of the matter, though, is that the TLC series doesn't have that big of an impact -- it's just quietly repulsive, the buzz surrounding it only amplified by the critics bemoaning what it signifies for American culture as a whole.
But the impact of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is growing.
If that sentence doesn't scare you, you're probably one of the 2.3 million viewers who tuned in to last week's episode of the questionable reality series, which follows the toddler beauty pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her unabashedly redneck family.
That's the show's highest ratings to date, proving that the show has grown beyond its previously biggest viewership, the 2.2 million that the pilot episode attracted.
The series, which has often been criticized by critics as exploitative, is no doubt growing (at least partially) as a result of the constant, mortified media coverage surrounding the series. Television journalist spend paragraphs channelling their disgust at the series, leading their readers to tune in to see what all the fuss is about. I know I'm complicit in this as well by writing this very article.
My point is, Honey Boo Boo might not matter that much in the grand scheme of television, but it's still a black hole. The more people hear about the series, the more they tune in. Some of them watch it because they genuinely enjoy (or empathize) with the characters, others tune in just for the spectacle. But if the critics who despite Honey Boo Boo with a passion want the show to go away (or at least stop growing), they're going to need to stop writing about it.