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TLC Wastes No Time Canceling Honey Boo Boo

honey boo booWhen chatter began about June Shannon, “Mama June” on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, and her alleged romantic relationship with a man not only convicted of child molestation but possibly guilty of molesting her own daughter, TLC wasted no time canceling the show.

Each day it seems, new and more disturbing details emerge about the situation, with the latest photos suggesting that Mama June let Honey Boo Boo (aka Alana Thompson, nine years old) spend time with Mark McDaniel, who is a registered sex offender in Georgia.

TLC clearly did not want to wait for this situation to get any worse before taking action.

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A Brief Comment on ‘Honey Boo Boo’

We don’t like to think of ourselves as moralists. We understand that people often act in their own self-interests and that publicity—and the money it sometimes brings—can inspire otherwise rational individuals to behave in…questionable ways. We also understand very well that, in business, the success of one’s client is paramount (as long as no ethical lines are crossed).

But on hearing that “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” has become a runaway hit for TLC (an acronym which thankfully no longer stands for “The Learning Channel”), and reading a Los Angeles Times post in which “Jersey Shore” creator SallyAnn Salsano expresses regret that she did not produce the show herself, we had to voice our disbelief. Surely we can all do better than this:

PR pros: Have you worked with clients whose antics you find distasteful? What are your thoughts on the “Toddlers and Tiaras” phenomenon? Do you share our belief that someone somewhere should be very ashamed?