By watching TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” a spinoff of the network’s “Toddlers & Tiaras” featuring the memorable Alana, some might say we’re part of the problem. (Like, with America or whatever.) But honestly, having seen the first two episodes, how can you not become completely enamored with the charmingly self-aware, self-proclaimed redneck family?
The half-hour series premiered with back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 10 p.m. on TLC, and judging from the trending topics on Twitter (most of which were about the show), plenty of people tuned in.
There are two ways to look at Georgia’s Thompson family, comprised of 32-year-old mom June, 40-year-old dad Sugar Bear, pregnant 17-year-old Chickadee, 15-year-old Chubbs, 12-year-old Pumpkin, 6-year-old Alana and brand new pig Glitzy. If you’re no fun, you’ll watch with horror and possibly outrage, wondering where our country went so wrong.
But if you watch with a detached sense of amusement, understanding that these people are fully aware of their ridiculous habits and catchphrases — they embrace the redneck label, so don’t bother to use it as a pejorative — you might just enjoy yourself.
Sure, the first two episodes put the family in some ridiculously contrived situations — the redneck games, where the girls compete in pig foot bobbing and mud pit belly flop contests, and an etiquette class — but you can’t deny the charisma running through their bloodline. No wonder Alana competes in pageants (though she hasn’t pulled in any huge titles just yet).
So, does “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” represent everything that’s wrong with our country? Maybe. But if it’s this much fun, who really cares?
Did you watch “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”? Did you feel guilty about it, or did you embrace it and enjoy the whole thing?