RE “ ‘Honey Boo Boo’ and the real America” by Joanna Weiss (Op-ed, Sept. 18): I first tuned in when a relative who values academics as I do asked me to watch something so utterly disgusting I would wax incredulous for the rest of my life. I am now psychologically maimed for life.
Yes, we are a divided nation, but it’s disgusting to tout this poor Southern family, who sell their female child for a tiara, as just a group of self-actualized beings.
How about showing a reality show in a Harvard classroom discussing the history of philosophical thought and how it relates to our serious human condition?
How wonderful it would be if this nation were composed mainly of those who place value on academics, learning, and science instead of laughing at those who make the United States the laughingstock of the world. Shame on people who watch this junk and make New York and Hollywood think this trash is money, and shame on Honey Boo Boo’s family for increasing the odds that this child will lose the game of life in the end.