From big one-time blunders to all-out train wrecks, here are the pop culture characters that had us shaking our heads this year.
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11. Honey Boo Boo & Family
It’s one thing to humor yourself with a two-minute YouTube clip, which is how most of America discovered Honey Boo Boo in early 2012. But an entire TV show? That’s what became of 7-year-old Toddlers & Tiaras star Alana Thompson, aka “Honey Boo Boo,” when she and her family got their own show, Here Comes Honey Boo in August. (Both shows appear on TLC, which ironically enough, once stood for The Learning Channel. Apparently, no more.) The show has been accused of exploiting the family, but the worst offense may be its impact on America’s growing obesity problem. What with grocery shopping trips to the local gas station, mass amounts of expired junk food won at the local auction, and, of course, Honey Boo Boo’s drink of choice—the infamous “Go-Go Juice,” a concoction of Mountain Dew and Red Bull.
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