Alana Thompson, the 7-year-old best known as Honey Boo Boo Child and star of her hit reality show that pulls in over 2 million viewers weekly, has been named by Barbara Walters as one of her most “Fascinating People” of 2012. Not only is the beauty pageant queen the youngest and newest gay advocate, she’s famous enough to regularly grace the TMZ front page, and is oh yeah, more charitable than you will ever be.
Alanna and the rest of her family from Thanksgiving night and all the way through Christmas Eve, have been and will be standing outside their home from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every night, meeting and taking pictures with fans who bring toys and food donations for those who are less fortunate, advertising the ongoing event to their 675,000 Facebook fans. If that’s not enough, the family takes donations in their fan mail to increase their pile of donations, spending $3,200 recently on buying toys to ensure kids have something under their trees. But somehow, even with all of the charity, and not to mention the love and support the family provides each other with on screen, haters come in the form of much more powerful, educated, and well-off public figures.
Adam Levine called Honey Boo Boo “the DECAY of Western civilization,” but I don’t see him and his entire family donating their time and money, in the thousands, toward the betterment of their community. Levine earns $6 million a season on The Voice and Honey Boo Boo reportedly earned anywhere from $50,000 to $200,000 over the course of the season on her hit show. Mama June, Honey Boo Boo’s mother, also turned down a larger house that TLC offered her family after the show became a hit, so that she could stay an integral part of her community.
Unfounded hatred on the Honey Boo Boo clan is nothing new, yet it’s almost stomach wrenching to hear a millionaire reality show judge tear apart a family with a middle class income that’s doing more charity work than he’s most likely ever done.
How about you sit outside your home for just one night Adam, and meet and take pictures of fans in exchange for canned goods and toys for children? Or maybe you’d rather donate and collect in money the same percentage of your income that the Thompsons have this Christmas season? That’d be great, but I know you’re really busy churning out stale singles and sitting in a comfy chair next to Christina Aguilera.
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image via Alana Thompson’s Facebook fan page