Queen of the DayRedneckognize This! Mama June is Fiscally ResponsibleParry Ernsberger

Okay, you get one McKayla Maroney-style eye roll before reading the rest of this post. But Mama June Shannon is smarter than she seems! And she ain’t about to squander Honey Boo Boo’s hard-earned money on things like a Range Rover or Mercedes. (Unless someone else pays for it). And you might want to roll your eyes again after reading “hard-earned” money, but 1. You already used your one eye-roll and 2. That child is working harder for the money than Donna Summer (R.I.P.) on Soul Train. I’m not here to argue the merits (or lack thereof) of reality television, but the girl (Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson) is seven-years-old and has already appeared in two popular TLC television shows (Toddlers & Tiaras, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo) AND is a competing pageant queen. She and her family have been judged by everyone and their mother, and she hasn’t even hit Middle School yet.

Love them or hate them, they’re getting paid to live their lives out on t.v. (for $15-$20,000 an episode, no less) and people are watching. So what’s Mama June, down-home Southern matriarch, doing with all that money? Being a sensible adult and putting it away in trust funds for each of her five daughters. “I want my kids to look back and say, ‘Mama played it smart. Not like those other reality TV people,” she said. The girls aren’t allowed to touch the money until they’re 21 (unless in case of medical emergency or for education-related payments) and Mama June won’t be tempted to touch it either. “TLC puts the money into the girls’ trust accounts for me and then I get an email telling me how much everyone gets.”

Haters gon’ hate, but June’s making damn sure that their 15 minutes translates into a lot more than tabloid fodder and marathon re-runs. So ya’ll better redneckognize and empty that online shopping cart! You don’t really need that bedazzled iPhone case, do you?


Photo courtesy of TLC


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  1. How can she be fiscally “wise” yet be afraid of mayonnaise? It’s a conundrum.

  2. Really, Hellogiggles? Not one judge people I don’t know, but last I checked, exploiting your children is bad no matter where you put the money.

  3. It’s okay, girl. They sell bedazzled ones in Chinatown with GIANT peacocks on them and I’ve quietly been eyeing them from afar for over a month. Bedazzled can break you!

    parry ernsberger | 1/10/2013 01:01 pm
  4. It’s like your last line was directed at me. I just bought a bedazzled phone case. No, I did not need it. Oy.

  5. Hey man, good for her – we all need to stop judging people based on their heavily edited reality tv shows…

  6. touché mama june!