"Take a moment and imagine a world in which Honey Boo Boo and her family were Australian reality TV stars. Still thinking? You’re right, it would never happen - not these days, anyway.
First the whole family would be hauled in for a “special television event” edition of The Biggest Loser or Excess Baggage; we’d also be treated to outraged opeds in the major newspapers about the family’s being appalling role models; Michelle Bridges would write her column on the topic; and before you knew it, Mama June would be the latest Jenny Craig recruit. The cover story on New Idea would follow as we all heard about Honey Boo Boo’s new eating plan (complete with heavily styled photos of her posing with her Tupperware lunchbox full of carrot sticks) and Mama June’s “amazing” 45kg weight loss (plus the inevitable shot of June standing with both legs inside one leg of her old “fat pants”).
The Australian (pop) cultural discourse is fast becoming a cesspool of fat-shaming and body hatred, and it’s hard not to see our networks’ obsession with weight - or, more correctly, the loss of it - as playing a major role in shaping such views."