“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” has captured the hearts of couch potatoes all over the country, and garnered a lot of attention for her sassy catch-phrases (“Dolla make me holla, Honey Boo Boo!”) and colorful family.
Comprised of the outspoken beauty queen Alana (Honey Boo Boo child), voluptuous Mama (June), Sugar Bear (Alana’s baby daddy), Pumpkin (“the craziest”), Chubbs (Jessica, perhaps the most “normal” of them all), and soon-to-be teen mom Chickadee (the “pregnant-est”) let’s just say this family is not a Norman Rockwell painting.
They should rename TLC (The “Learning” Channel) into The Laughing Channel.
Although here in Louisville many would consider “redneck” to be an insult, this family embraces it, demanding that you “redneck-ognize”. June’s the Coupon Queen, Dad’s always got chewing tobacco stuffed in his cheek. Their idea of a family outing consists of buying potato chips in bulk at a local auction. Teen pregnancy runs in the family (Mama had Chickadee when she was only fifteen, and now she’s about to be a grandma at thirty two). SNL has nothing left to parody when it comes to the “white-trash” stereotype.
I never watched Jersey Shore. I laughed at the people who were obsessed with Toddlers & Tiaras. I didn’t get it. But now I do. I love this show, and I sort of hate myself for it.
America has a fascination with these obscure pockets of society, the people that differ from the typical Midwestern family. Reality shows patronize these individuals, and the more ridiculous the better ratings.
We can’t get enough of these wacky characters, quoting them at the office water cooler and on our Facebook wall (guilty). And in exchange for our ridicule, they’re cashing in. It’s only a matter of time before you can have your very own Honey Boo Boo doll, or Mama June bobble-head.
And who suffers? The Republican National Convention (more people tuned in to watch Honey Boo Boo child pinch her chubby little belly) and more importantly, the children! We know from watching the trials and tribulations of Drew Barrymore and Lindsay Lohan that it’s not easy growing up in the limelight. And we also know the overwhelming sense of entitlement that becomes of reality stars. We have yet to see what becomes of these child reality stars in their future years. Many say it’s child abuse, and rightfully so. But yet, it’s so hard to change the channel.
Perhaps it’s the end of times, perhaps it’s a new era of mindless self indulgence. It’s definitely time for a conversation.