‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo': The Things We Love, The Things We’ve Learned Stephanie Barnes

The other day, I was scrolling through my Twitter timeline and I noticed a couple people talking about something or someone called ‘Honey Boo Boo’. My curiosity got the best of me and I decided to check it out. So I found the first episode online and started watching. For a while, I couldn’t decide how I felt about the show… but I kept watching.

Turns out the show is actually called Here Comes Honey Boo Boo – it airs on TLC and focuses on Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Thompson, her mother June and their family. Apparently, Alana’s previous appearance on “Toddlers & Tiaras” earned her a spin-off and after watching, you’ll see it was well-deserved. She is absolutely hilarious, actually, they all are. If you haven’t already, you should definitely check it out, and if you have watched and like many, are disgusted and you don’t see why people enjoy it, continue reading.

When I watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, I see a family that is happy. I see a family that provides support for each other. June is always there cheering for her girls, whether they are entering a beauty pageant or a competition where you bob for pigs’ feet (that really is a thing). The family support is amazing. Sure, they aren’t the best role models and I don’t think they’ve fully grasp the concept of etiquette, but it works for them and provides laughter for people all over the world… so why all the negativity?

One of my favorite things about the show is that everyone has a nickname. There’s Pumpkin, Chickadee and Chubbs. There is even a nickname generator! Just enter your name and Honey Boo Boo will give you a nickname, too. I’ve always wanted a crazy nickname; growing up, my family just called me “Steph”, but thanks to Honey Boo Boo, people can now call me “Sweetie Boo Bear”. I wonder if that will catch on? I think Alana is a great little girl – maybe she farts too much, but with that attitude and those facial expressions, she’ll definitely be a star. Who else do you know that can be a princess queen and still kick butt in a mud pit belly flop?

Honestly, I think we could learn a few things from Honey Boo Boo and her family – you know, like that if you fart 12-15 times per day, you’ll lose weight, or that it is totally okay to not be proper and etiquette-ly all the time and especially that when open, your vagina looks like a biscuit. These are important lessons you will never learn in school, and for good reason.

What really impresses me though is the fact that these people seem to pass very little judgment on those who are different. They seem very open-minded and Alana is wise for her age, making statements like “Love is love” and ”Ain’t nothin’ wrong with bein’ a little gay. Everyone’s a little gay!” – I think if nothing else, we too could learn to be a little bit more accepting and less judgmental.

I’ll leave you with one final quote – “In life there is going to be criticism… There is people who love us and people who hate us. We appreciate the people who support us and all through this and the people who hate us; it’s a part of life everyday. We are real, we are not scripted. We are who we are, we are loving and I love being around my family so that’s all that matters.” – Mama June

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  1. It may be hilarious and that girl Alana may like the attention and all the things she does, but that’s not the point. Her parents let their child to drink a ridiculus energy drink and they let their child to wander around like a drunk person. They let their child to think that the most important thing in life is a plastic tiara. They could be having fun, and their child too, but it’s really inappropriate. That girl will possibly get miserable about the things that her parents do to her when she gets older.

    • And it’s my personal opinion based on what I see on youtube clips about her. I didn’t go deeper about this subject. If the things I know about her is wrong, please warn me.

  2. As an Australian watching this show, I don’t think you have anything to be disappointed by. My friends and I LOVE this show, yes, because it’s hilarious, but also because it shows a family who know how to have fun and love each other. It’s a little slice of American life that you rarely get to see. People usually hate things that hold up a mirror to themselves, and nobody’s stupid enough to think this is how all Americans live or behave. We’ve seen a lot of other programming to be disappointed in, the Kardashians in point. Australians were generally deathly embarrassed to be associated with the Crocodile Hunter, but we got over it. Rejoice in your warts and all, as it’s what makes your country and culture so amazingly diverse.

  3. The town they live in is not far from where I live, and they’ve even come up to the place I live. So many people here are offended by all of this, saying they’re ashamed, that they are making us look bad, and to me it doesn’t really matter.

  4. I find that backlash to this particularly family and not others (I’m looking at you, Kardashians) pretty bizarre. Rich Juzwiak did a great piece for Gawker where he documented following the family for a day and they seem to be one of the most self-aware group of reality television stars of all time. They’re managing their money pretty well, setting up trust funds for the kids. And they are completely cognizant of the fact that this will likely end – sooner rather than later – and they’ll just look back on this as this really crazy and fun time that the world got invited into their family. So good on you, Honey Boo Boos.

  5. I have been watching this show, much to my own chagrin. I was remarking about it over dinner this weekend with my close friends and my husband. What keeps me watching it is this: I am amazed that the more we fill our lives with complications, the messier it is and the farther we get away from what is truly important: family, time together, love. These people get it. They don’t get how to eat well, how to act in public, how to spay and neuter their animals or how to keep their 17 year old away from pregnancy. But they DO love each other – warts, farts and all. Their family is true and they love each other. I am inspired by their attitude of care for one another. We have some lessons to learn here, y’all.

  6. I just can’t bring myself to accept the whole “child pagent” dynamic as OK in any sense. I just can’t! It just feels wrong. Like eating the whole bowl of brownie mix and washing it down with a bottle of wine. Only worse.

    At the very least it’s teaching these girls that other’s have the right to judge them. And then theres all the other aspects of objectivation and the sexualisation of a child that are just warped.

    I’ll admit, the show is funny, in a consfuing, twisted, example of really bad parenting, kind of way.

    Maybe they are accepting of one another, and that’s fantastic. But that’s a thin silver lining around a garbled mess of influences and standards.

    (I’ve only watched one episode, and had to change the chanel when Honey Boo Boo named her slab of road kill that they were grinding into dinner “Darlene”, as she pet it and snuggled up with it. TWISTED!)

  7. I love this show! I can’t believe that people say they are “ruining America”– The things I don’t agree with are how unhealthy they are and how young they are having children–there is no excuse for that. Other than that they live below their means, Sugar Bear works SEVEN days a week, and they could not care about what people think of them. They are hilarious. It’s almost scary to me how people worship the Kardashians but think these people are insane. I’d rather hang out with Honey Boo Boo over Kim any day!

  8. OMG, i already love alana, but now i really want to see her showw! And yes, they may be diferent, but at least they’re themselfs and are proud of wh they are :’D

    HONEY BOO BOO FOR THE WIN!