Have you heard of Honey Boo Boo? You might not want to admit it but chances are that you have. After all this 7-year-old beauty pageant queen whose real name is Alana Thompson has become a pop culture phenomenon. New York fashion mogul Simon Doonan called her “today’s Shirley Temple.”
Boo Boo first made a name for herself on TLC’s infamous reality show Toddlers & Tiaras. In her most famous episode she guzzles her mom’s homemade concoction of Mountain Dew and Red Bull (aka Go-Go Juice) before stepping onto the pageant stage.
This little fireball gained even more stardom by landing her own reality show and last night marked the end of the first season of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which looks at Alana’s off-stage life and her red neck family. But never fear: More episodes are on the way. TLC announced that it’s releasing three more holiday special before year’s end.
Now seems like a good time to reflect on this show that attracted some 2 to 3 million viewers per episode. Was Honey Boo Boo one of the worst or one of the most entertaining shows to ever hit prime time television?
If you never caught an episode, you need to know that the cast of characters includes stay-at-home mom June, chalk-mining dad Sugar Bear, and sisters 12-year-old Lauryn ”Pumpkin,” 15-year-old Jessica “Chubbs,” and 17-year-old pregnant Anna “Chickadee.” The show depicts them doing their favorite things: picking up road kill, bobbing for pigs’ feet, four-wheeling through mud pits, and eating piles of junk food. In one episode, Honey Boo Boo is depressed because of a string of pageant losses. Sugar Bear cheers up his princess by bringing home a pet teacup pig who Alana names Glitzy.
This might all sound rather entertaining but the sad thing is that TLC sensationalizes the family’s red neck ways and you get this sick feeling that Boo Boo is being exploited. The show also seems like an unfair and unrealistic depiction of small-town Georgia families, and as an AP article suggests, “perpetuates offensive stereotypes.” The show basically says that red necks are fat, foul, uneducated, and poor. Many McIntyre locals are upset by this.
What do you think? Did you catch an episode of Honey Boo Boo? Were you entertained or appalled?
Honey Boo Boo caused quite a stir when she guzzled Go-Go Juice on Toddlers & Tiaras. Here’s a look at a few other controversial moments from the reality show.