Sunday, September 30, 2012

There Goes Honey Boo Boo

TLC, like a lot of other cable channels, is throwing out a lot of reality shows these days, and one of them has become a summer hit. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is about a little girl beauty queen who comes from a southern redneck family. Between pageants, the little girl hangs out with her trashy family, in their trashy Georgia home, doing trashy things. So yea, the family is white trash, but that’s OK, because they seem like pretty nice people.

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.


  1. haven't watched it. don't ever expect to watch it. Exploitative trash spin off of exploitive trash Toddlers and Tiaras.
    Sigh. I suppose someone might learn something from it but I won't hold my breath.

  2. I don't think it's just this show, because TLC has been airing a bunch of interesting shows I don't see fit for the network. It seems to be a trend though with certain TV channels, so I guess I can't be too surprised. I personally have never seen this show, but a lot of the reviews I've read about it, and heard from coworkers of mine at DISH, definitely agree with you about it being funny at first, but then eye-roll inducing shortly after. It seems to be doing pretty well though from what I've heard in the ratings department, so I guess good for them. I don't know how many seasons they have right now, but I am curious to watch a few episodes on DISH Online to see what all the buzz is about. If anything it sounds like at least I'll get a few laughs out it. Oh and did you hear about the pregnant daughter’s child? Apparently she has 3 thumbs! How bizarre! :)