Honey Boo Boo may not be everyone’s cup of tea and you may not watch her amazingly popular television show but I think we can all agree, being shitty about a kid’s weight sucks it. TMZ has exclusive footage of Dance Moms baby bully Abby Lee Miller fat-n-fitness shaming 7-year-old-Honey Boo Boo outside of a restaurant in West Hollywood:
“Dance Moms” head honcho Abby Lee Miller is offering up health advice to 7-year-old reality star Honey Boo Boo … telling TMZ, Boo Boo needs to be down with the fitness if she wants to win pageants.
Miller was at the Abbey in West Hollywood when she admitted she wasn’t happy with her own weight issues — but moments later started ripping HBB … saying she “needs to get in shape. She needs to be at a dance studio. She needs to be training. She needs to work on her turnout.”
At this point in her young life, all Honey Boo Boo needs to do is go to school. And get a good night’s sleep. And play outside. And maybe add some broccoli and milk to her Cheeezy Poofs breakfast. Sure, Honey Boo Boo rose to faux fame by being a child beauty pageant contestant featured on Toddlers and Tiaras, and she still competes in these glitter and sequin-encrusted vomit-fests, but at this point, Honey Boo Boo is so popular and charming that she could compete in science fairs and her fans would love her just as much. And everyone loves her! Just ask Simon Doonan:
I’m concerned for her future, but I’m optimistic. She’s today’s Shirley Temple. I’m a big proponent of child pageants. I would have loved to be in one when I was a kid.
Honey Boo Boo doesn’t need to be a future Miss America. No kid needs to have this aspiration. Maybe she will continue to compete in pageants. Maybe she won’t. But even if she does, there is something so refreshing about Honey Boo Boo not looking identical to all of the other Stepford sequined contestants. She may not be the correct size for someone like Abby Lee Miller. I think those of us who have watched the show can agree that her family may not have the healthiest dietary habits, but then again, this is a television show. For all we know, when the cameras are turned off Honey Boo Boo and her family could be chowing down on salmon and steamed vegetables.
I think adults fat shaming little kids is bullshit. If a child’s pediatrician is concerned about their patient’s health due to excess weight or fitness levels it’s one thing. Hopefully a doctor can approach this subject with a child and their parents in a way that isn’t damaging to the child’s self-esteem. But for some stranger like Abbey Lee Miller to slag on little Honey Boo Boo is just adult-on-kid bullying. She should save her nastiness for the poor kids who actually take her dance classes.