As much as the show is about Honey Boo Boo, it’s also about her “mama,” June. Mama June weighs 300 pounds and isn’t very refined. She must have something going for her though, since she has four children by four different men. Maybe it’s her cooking. Her family seems to like her spaghetti sauce a lot, which is ketchup mixed with equal part butter. Fortunately for her, she’s been able to nab her latest baby daddy, who appears to be a keeper, and he is willing to work at a chalk mine seven days a week to support her family. What’s a chalk mine, you wonder. Some Google research reveals that he mines Kaolin, which is not used for chalk, but is mainly used to give paper its shiny gloss and is the primary component of porcelain. Maybe the stuff looks like chalk in its raw form.
While watching the show, I laughed out loud a few times, mostly when somebody did something disgusting and uncouth, but it gets old after a few episodes. The very opening sequence features Mama June farting, which was funny the first time, but eye-roll inducing each time thereafter. Like most reality shows, I don’t see this lasting more than a few seasons. Hopefully, that will be enough time for the family to make enough money to send the kids to a good school, so they won’t be making the same mistakes their mama made, and start popping out kids at a young age. It’s already too late for the oldest daughter, who at age seventeen continued the family tradition during the course of the season by having a baby, of whose father is not spoken of.
The disappointment about this show is that it is airing on TLC. TLC once stood for The Learning Channel, and it used to show educational programs. I used to watch it frequently, but no more. A reality show is a reality show, and even a good one only gets so much traction.