THG Celebrity of the Year Finalist #9: Honey Boo Boo!

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It's that time of the year again.

With 2013 around the corner, THG is going back in time and selecting 10 finalists for our annual Celebrity of the Year award.

These stars gave us their best, their worst, their nude pics (sometimes hot), their sex tapes (often not) and their scandals. We kicked off the countdown with Adam Levine at #10.

And now we move on to #9... HONEY BOO BOO!

Honey Boo Boo Photo

A year ago, seven-year old Alana Thompson was just your basic kid... who starred in beauty pageants and appeared occasionally on Toddlers & Tiaras.

Then TLC turned its cameras specifically on Thompson and her family and the world took yet another step toward the Apocalypse.

Mother June Shannon grew into a television and Internet sensation, while ratings for Here Comes Honey Boo Boo soared. This family was suddenly more popular than Republicans convening nationally for your vote.

Alana has appeared on Dr. Drew and The Tonight Show, among other major talk shows, with viewers simultaneously repulsed by this toddler and enamored by her.

She handles road kill. She's proud of her ever-growing belly. She's made Go Go Juice into a thing.

TLC, naturally, has ordered multiple holiday specials featuring this eccentric family and their popularity has caused an uproar over the status of our programming and our country in general.

What are we to make of someone such as Honey Boo Boo turning into a full-fledged celebrity? What does it say about her? About us? How much lower can television sink?

Let's all ponder these heavy questions together... right after we set our DVR for the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Christmas spectacular, that is.

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