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TLC mines rural Georgian stereotypes in new reality show

Honey Boo Boo stars in her own reality show. She's six. CREDIT: TLC

Honey Boo Boo stars in her own reality show. She's six. CREDIT: TLC

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On this blog, we’ve spent years debating the stereotypes of various Atlanta-based shows related to African-American women (e.g. “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,” “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”)

How about the rural South? There are no shortage of shows that fit various Southern stereotypes e.g. truTV’s “Lizard Lick Towing,” History Channel’s “Swamp People,” Animal Planet’s “Hillbilly Handfishin’ ”

Now we’ve got TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” a spinoff of “Toddlers & Tiaras” which debuts Wednesday night at 10 p.m. Alana “Honey Boo Boo Child” Thompson, six years old, and her family, who live outside of Macon, are featured. She has a pregnant 17 year old sister, nicknamed “Chickadee.” Her 32-year-old mom June (soon to be a grandma) is loud, her dad (nicknamed “Sugar Bear”) trying to steer clear of the mayhem. She has another sister nicknamed, “Chubbs.” Yup, “Chubbs.”

This preview trailer is not flattering to seemingly… anybody:

“We like to be ourselves,” says Mama Boo Boo in the clip above. “You like us or you don’t like us. We just don’t care. We love our little life and we’re having fun doing it.”

This show comes on the heels of another small-town Georgia-based show “Small Town Security,” which is about a Ringgold security company on AMC Sunday nights.

On TV
“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” TLC 10 p.m. Wednesdays

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

70 comments Add your comment

JTesla

August 6th, 2012
6:50 pm

Sometimes I really just hate people.

Jason

August 6th, 2012
6:50 pm

kjlkj

August 6th, 2012
7:12 pm

Wow, what a train wreck of a family.

Janet

August 6th, 2012
8:03 pm

Any time I see anything elated to kiddie pageants, I want to ask the parents who are spending on dresses and spray tans if they are setting at least the same amount aside for the kid’s education, or even for their own retirement. If that makes me a snob,so be it.

Mercedes S.

August 6th, 2012
8:13 pm

“We love our little life and we’re having fun doing it.”
Maybe Mama Boo Boo should have waited a few more years before “doing it” – getting knocked up at 14 doesn’t sound like much fun.

LaQuita Carter

August 6th, 2012
9:17 pm

Nobody white better have anything else to say about black people. Period! Never!

Kristoffer

August 6th, 2012
10:31 pm

You know you are a redneck when you are speaking English and still have to have English subtitles. Jeeze. This show (and family) is wrong on so many levels.

Mel

August 6th, 2012
10:58 pm

There is no way June is 32. I need to see a birth certificate cause I’m giving the same side eye that I gave to Kim on RHOA when she said she was 29 a few years ago. What is up with all these Atlanta area train wreck shows!?!?!

NLT

August 7th, 2012
8:52 am

ROTFL and crying at the same time!!

Joe

August 7th, 2012
8:55 am

AS a black man I plan to watch this show just so I can blog about it like everyone has done RHOA!

Bill

August 7th, 2012
8:57 am

well, “Normal” is boring…

gadem

August 7th, 2012
8:58 am

I am sad…I am really sad

emmysmom

August 7th, 2012
8:58 am

This is just disgusting and may encourage them to reproduce. Ewwwwww is right.

Joann

August 7th, 2012
9:04 am

All I can say is wow! This is so embarrassing. You couldn’t pay me to watch this show.

Steph

August 7th, 2012
9:24 am

I will watch the show and enjoy it while I watch.

Jim

August 7th, 2012
9:31 am

LaQuita Carter…you have the best comment on here!

genevieve

August 7th, 2012
9:34 am

I am discusted by this whole thing….First of all, she s probably one of the uggliest girls I seen on those stupid pageant shows. Second, she has a nasty trailer trash family. I don’T know why the hell TLC would spend a dime on making a show about people like that, no self respect, no morals.
Seriously, if my family was THAT disfunctional and trashy I sure as hell wouldnt want to be exposed to the world….I WOULD HIDE !!!

markie mark

August 7th, 2012
9:37 am

for all the people comparing this to RHOA…..lowlife has no skin color….

genevieve

August 7th, 2012
9:40 am

LAQUITA !!! you are my idol !!! I absolutly LOVE your comment….And if that ”woman” is 32, she sure went through hell to look like that….Seriously, god that kid is ugly ! Honey POO POO !!! I’m not beeing mean, I love kids, I just dont like her attitude at least that little MACKENZIE has an attitude but the beauty to match. Rather see a show about her, she is hilarious.

Traffic Headache

August 7th, 2012
9:43 am

What fresh hell is this that I am about to put a gun to my mouth??!

NotaFan

August 7th, 2012
9:45 am

The sad reality is people will watch this show. If people wouldn’t support such crap, it wouldn’t be on TV. Will not watch, have no interest in watching, will use said time for something more productive.

LaQuita Carter

August 7th, 2012
9:47 am

My name is La Quita, spanish for ‘The quitter’ because I am on welfare and food stamps with my 4 kids Jontavius, Ambidextrous, Barack and Bojangles. OBAMA YALL!!!

Mercedes S.

August 7th, 2012
9:52 am

Why do I feel the urge to watch at least one episode?

LawDawg

August 7th, 2012
10:01 am

Anyone who watches this and any other child beauty pageant shows should be ashamed of themselves for contributing to the destruction of the children’s lives and society in general.

This kid has no shot at a decent life. I predict she will get a two-sentence obituary when she ODs at 23.

Shannon

August 7th, 2012
10:01 am

Make it stop. I hope this is as big of a thud as what’s er name Palin on her (hopefully) final outting.

LawDawg

August 7th, 2012
10:02 am

Mercedes S. : Most likely because you have terrible taste and too much free time.

yikes

August 7th, 2012
10:03 am

Some shows are so bad that they’re good (like The Bachelor/The Bachelorette). This looks so bad it is just bad, terrible really. I’m sure (or at least I hope) that they are hamming it up for the reality TV factor but the thought that they are getting paid to act like that, ugh! I’m killing brain cells just thinking about it.

Mercedes S.

August 7th, 2012
10:23 am

LawDawg… must smile at that.

Jennifer O.

August 7th, 2012
10:27 am

They are doing it purely for the money. OH, and their 15 minutes.

snottrocket

August 7th, 2012
10:28 am

TLC: Contributing to the dumbing down of America

Bro Rogan

August 7th, 2012
10:30 am

Kill it with fire.

And put it out with an ice pick.

Suze

August 7th, 2012
10:41 am

TLC stands for “The Learning Channel.” Not sure what we’re ‘learning” from most of their shows since watching their current programming lineup instantly zaps thousands of brain cells. Perhaps it should be rechristened “The Lamebrain Channel.”

Kim

August 7th, 2012
11:24 am

Intensely disliked this child’s mother when she was on “Toddlers & Tiaras”. She’s loud and extremely rude. This little girl has not been taught any manners and has a foul mouth for a little girl (by no fault of her own). All of these reality shows are just plain stupid — the dumber the participants or the extent to which they are willing to go to embarrass themselves dictates their paychecks. The only shows WORSE than this one, are the idiots on TRU TV (Sonia, Lou and the bald moron) who re-enact “supposed” true events. Hopefully, Honey Boo Boo’s show won’t last more than 2 episodes. Wash her face, wash out her mouth and send her to school.

Kim

August 7th, 2012
11:44 am

I am a little surprised that MacKenzie didn’t get a show first – she’s almost unbearable to watch due to her behavior, the incessant screaming, annoying voice and the binkies in both hands.

missnadine

August 7th, 2012
11:51 am

This show will prove what most of us already knew: parents of these pageant children are almost always no class, fat, and near the poverty line. There as some exceptions, but just watching Toddlers and Tiaras you can’t help but notice this.

Mortimer Cuthbert

August 7th, 2012
12:23 pm

Just another obese, trashy family in rural Georgia… Sad. Georgians are obsessed with sitting on the couch, drinking sugary drinks and not walking anywhere and no one is doing anything to change it.

Jeannie

August 7th, 2012
12:54 pm

Hopefully this show will follow suit and go the same way as Bristol Palin’s, Life’s A Tripp. Gone in two episodes.

Jeannie

August 7th, 2012
12:59 pm

What a gruesome lot, the whole family. What can you expect with a mother who looks like she’s the offspring of a hog. What a humungus fat face. Just down right fugly. All of them. That honey boo child crap is not cute or funny.

dreamer40

August 7th, 2012
1:21 pm

I’m sitting here at my desk a little mopey! This cheered me up, and I love that they don’t GAF!

Whyyyy????

August 7th, 2012
1:53 pm

I don’t really understand what all of the fuss is about. Looks like the typical southern white family. Keep it moving folks.

ice

August 7th, 2012
1:59 pm

Has tv really come down to this!!!! Are you that DESPERATE to fill the air waves that you feel the need to punish the rest of us with a brain to put some little brag with an attitude and her screwed up family on tv…we truly have way TO MANY REALITY TV SHOWS!!!!!

mickie

August 7th, 2012
4:34 pm

can we say white trash?

1911A1

August 7th, 2012
4:54 pm

Yet another reason I will never watch a second of programming on TLC. All they do is glorify dysfunction and exploit what are essentially sick people for profit. Disgusting.

“The Learning Channel.” How they have fallen.

TheLazyComic

August 7th, 2012
5:48 pm

TLC = The Lazy Comic (And The Lazy Comic is way better than this Honey Boo Boo crap).

BigTickles

August 7th, 2012
6:13 pm

I am so confused…what happened to The LEARNING Channel!!!!
Rodney, how do you watch these shows? I know you have to but are you sober or drinking when this occurs? Sigh…

BlondAlto

August 7th, 2012
7:21 pm

As a city gal who recently moved to the country near Macon, for the peaceful, simple life – I find shows like this offensive – and I hope it falls flat!! We are just as diverse as any other populated area. We listen to NPR, read the New York times daily on our Nooks, and attend symphony events! We have plenty of “normal” families, and are just like anyone else – individuals!! If TLC would really get to know the people here, they could actually show the truth, and not just one more stereotype. sometimes it seems to me that country residents are one of the few groups of people that it’s okay to ridicule!

Lillian

August 7th, 2012
9:52 pm

What pocessed someone to think that seeing a very over weight child (which is a shame) and a very over weight sloppy family is a tv show that anyone would waste their time to watch ? You miss the mark !

Vast Wastrel

August 7th, 2012
11:14 pm

…when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you to sit down in front of your own television set when your station goes on the air and stay there, for a day, without a book, without a magazine, without a newspaper, without a profit and loss sheet or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland.– FCC Chairman Newton N. Minow, 1961.

As a kid I would have never thought I would remember a station sign off with fondness. The test pattern and high-pitched squeal are an improvement over this embarrassment.

Carole Smith

August 8th, 2012
6:18 am

I agree with everything everyone has written so far!! So sad to have this dysfunctional family on TV representing the South. The Mother certainly doesn’t look 32 yrs old to me, either!!! AND, with a pregnant 17 yr old. OMG! I hope no one watches this trash on TLC (The Learning Channel?). WHAT exactly are we ‘learning’???? Do something else more productive on Wed. nights….

A person SMART enough to know......

August 8th, 2012
10:11 am

They are Redneck Wiggers. Booty Shak’n & baby daddy? White trash using Black terms makes them just like RHOA but Wiggers. The hip hop culture exhibited by classless whites is all this is.