There’s no doubt about it: Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was the breakout reality show of 2012. Garnering more viewers in one night than a telecast of the Republican National Convention on Fox News, the TLC series has become a major part of modern pop culture in America. Thus, we will go down in history as the generation that made a seven-year-old Toddlers in Tiara alum—who says things like “You better redneckognize!”—and her family filthy rich.
The show's tiny breakout star is, of couse, Alana Thompson, better known to viewers as the titular Honey Boo Boo. Yes, she’s annoying, irritating, aggravating, and every other synonym of those words, but she’s also just a kid who doesn’t know any better. Meaning, her antics and countless catchphrases are entertaining rather than simply godawful. Plus, she's more open-minded about homosexuality than most right-wing politicians in the U.S., and that’s something to applaud.