We all holla’ for Honey Boo Boo!
The newest reality-show hit is TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, the spinoff of Toddlers & Tiaras. Since its debut, folks coast to coast have been talking about the show’s star, six-year-old Alana Thompson, and her, um, unique family.
Of course, that talk starts after everyone has finished picking their jaws up from the floor. As you probably know by now, the Thompsons aren’t the Trumps or Kardashians. They’re proud to embody every Southern redneck cliche in the book – roadkill dinners, mud bogging, burping and gas-passing, bobbing for pigs’ feet at the local fair. Alana even has a miniature pet pig that she keeps in her bedroom.
But if you take a minute to wipe away a little of the mud, you’ll see some things about the family you might actually admire. Mom June is no spendthrift – she’s a champion couponer who makes sure her husband and daughters are well-supplied with necessities. Her frugality in other areas helps pay for Honey Boo Boo’s pageant hobby.
They have fun together. June and her girls (Pumpkin, Chickadee and Chubbs are Alana’s big sisters) are often shown bonding over paper-towel fights, grocery auctions and the aforementioned redneck fair. It’s not every mom who’ll cheer heartily for her kids as they belly-flop in a mud pit and plunge their faces into a tub of pig parts.
They have some sense of decorum, however small. The Thompson women may wash their hair in the sink, but at least their hair is clean. June brings in an etiquette expert to help Alana develop the manners she’ll need if she wants to make her beauty-queen dreams come true. And June draws the line at totally tacky clothing. Overweight women, she says, shouldn’t go around in tank tops and Daisy Dukes: “All that vajiggle-jaggle is not beautimous.”
They love and support each other. Chickadee is a teen mom (she’s shown pregnant in the show, but she had her daughter a few weeks ago), but June, who’s been there herself, doesn’t lecture or evict her. The whole family goes to her sonograms, and Alana can’t wait to be an aunt.
And for all their idiosyncrasies, the Thompsons are a tight-knit, confident bunch. No angsty soul-searching or self-esteem issues here. Maybe that’s what we secretly like about the show, even as we laugh and gawp.
Other reality families have lessons for us, too. Click through our gallery and see if you agree.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo airs Wednesday nights at 10:00 EST on TLC. Beautimous!
[Photos: via TLC, National Geographic Channel]
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