Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is one of the biggest hits of the new TV season so far. Although this baffles many critics, millions still love tuning in to TLC on Wednesdays to catch the daily life of young Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and her unapologetically redneck clan.
Although Honey Boo Boo is the star, her mom, “Mama June” Shannon, is becoming as much of a celebrity as her beauty-queen daughter. Why? Maybe it’s her what-you-see-is-what-you-get nature. She’s 300 pounds. She burps and scratches with abandon. She has four daughters by four different fathers, plus a grandchild. Her favorite “sports” are bingo and extreme couponing.
But there isn’t an ounce of snobbery or pretentiousness about June. She’s the kind of person who’d have you in for a cup of coffee or help collect canned goods for families less fortunate than hers. And she wouldn’t judge you if your barn’s exterior could use a fresh coat of paint, to use a June-ism (though she might warn you that letting your vajiggle-jaggle arm fat show under your tank top isn’t very beautimous).
Most of all, she just happens to be a good mother to Alana , Anna (“Chickadee”), Jessica (“Chubbs”) and Lauryn (“Pumpkin”), which is her top priority. True, she could do better in the nutrition, exercise and etiquette departments, and not everyone agrees that moms should let their children compete in beauty pageants. Yet she has it together in other important areas, such as love, communication and acceptance. And like the rest of us, she’s doing her best to raise her children to be good people – farting, mud bogging and all.
Here are some of the ways in which Mama June is a “honey” of a mom. Think about them when you watch the new episode tonight!nggallery id=’118942′
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