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.
“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” TLC 10 p.m. Wednesdays
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk