Why Is Honey Boo Boo So Fascinating? Barbara Walters Knows!

Alana 'Honey Boo Boo' Thompson,
Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Thompson

Honey Boo Boo fever has swept the nation, and it isn’t just lovers of reality TV that appreciate the pint-sized beauty queen. On Tuesday, Barbara Walters bestowed upon Honey Boo Boo the coveted title of  one of 2012’s “Most Fascinating People”.  Why did Walters include the 7-year-old Alana Thompson along side such icons as Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie?

The big reason is for the mother – daughter relationship depicted on the show.  “It’s a love story,” Walters says of Honey Boo Boo and her mom June. “It’s a very sweet, loving story.”

“A lot of people will say, ‘For heaven’s sake, this is ridiculous, this is a child at 5 or 6 years old entering beauty contests,'” she says. “But the relationship between Alana and her mother — that’s the story, the two of them. It’s very touching.”

What do you think of Honey Boo Boo being on the list?