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

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

Image via Entertainment.time.com

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