"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" Premieres Tonight. Um...Yay?Shana Aborn
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For those of you who can’t get enough of precocious pageant princesses – or who just can’t get over their behavior – there’s a new TV show to satisfy your craving. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo premieres on TLC tonight at 10 PM EST with back-to-back half-hour episodes.
In the familiar style of cable reality shows, this one focuses on the life and family of six-year-old Alana Thompson, known as “Honey Boo Boo” or “Honey Boo Boo Child.” She lives in rural Georgia with her parents and three teen sisters.
While most girls her age are playing with Barbies and riding scooters, Honey Boo Boo’s hobby is competing in “glitz” kiddie beauty pageants that allow her to wear makeup and hair extensions. On the hotel conference-room stages, she poses and dances before the judges and confidently boasts about her chances of winning in her interview segments.
But we all know that the show doesn’t exist to show off a wall full of trophies.
The point of Honey Boo Boo is to show the Thompson family at their jaw-dropping best – or worst, if you prefer – as they live their not-quite-average life in small-town McIntyre, GA. Dad “Sugar Bear” is a chalk miner, while “Mama June” is an expert couponer who stocks their house with bargains. (For fun, she and Alana toss rolls of paper towels at each other.) The sisters, “Pumpkin,” “Chickadee” and “Chubbs,” do things like attending a redneck festival featuring a pigs-feet-bobbing contest.
Honey Boo Boo, meanwhile, struts, snaps and plays the sassy diva to the hilt, saying things like “A dolla’ make me holla.” Of course no one ever pauses to wonder whether this kind of behavior should really be encouraged in a first-grader. Her diet is also questionable, to say the least – to keep energized during long pageant days, she drinks caffeine-laden iced coffee and Mountain Dew.
But why bother to judge the Thompsons? They’re the ones with the fame and the TV money, and as long as it continues, they’re not likely to change their over-stereotyped ways.
So watch it with glee or guilt, whichever suits your conscience best.
Will you be watching the debut of Honey Boo Boo?
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[Photo: Courtesy TLC]
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