Anderson Cooper finds a way to make Toddlers & Tiaras even creepier

The kids and parents who appear on TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras are disturbing enough, but former The Mole host Anderson Cooper has found a way to make them even more creepy: by dressing up the moms just like their daughters.

They’ll receive makeovers as part of his daytime talk show Friday, and at first that seemed like a way to just validate and celebrate this insanity. But a preview of the episode highlights how painful some of those modifications are, like weaves and corsets, so if they’re doing it to torture the parents, I’m okay with that.

The results are, of course, horrifying. Be forewarned: Honey Boo Boo’s mom June is, well–sometimes, you just need to look at the photo.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.