Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson (Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, TLC)
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, like it or not. (It's easier just to like it and not worry about the state of American dignity—we lost that with Abu Ghraib.) Thus, we will go down in history as the generation that made a 7-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 Honey Boo Boo. She’s annoying, but she’s also just a kid who doesn’t know any better. Meaning, her antics and countless catchphrases have to be treated as entertainment rather than some sign of the apocalypse. Plus, she's more open-minded about homosexuality than most right-wing politicians, and that’s something to applaud.