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The pleasures of ‘Here Comes Honey Boo,’ episode 7 recap

honey-boo-boo-111The more time I spend with Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson and her loving Georgia family, the more I like them.

They are who they are. They don’t pretend to be anything else. They truly love each other. And they embrace their redneck ways with abandon. What’s wrong with that?

If some snobby city folk are watching to mock them, so be it. They can laugh all the way to the bank.

Honey Boo Boo is a happy kid for a reason. She is taken care of. And they eat well. Not well in the healthy sense. Well, in the yummy, fried/barbecue sense. Sure, there’s childhood obesity and a future of cholesterol meds and diabetes but why worry now?

“We’re fat,” Honey Boo Boo says at the Paradise Country Barbecue place, after ordering chicken, ribs, baked beans and potato salad.

“We’re not fat. We’re pleasingly plump,” responds Sugar Bear, the male figure who has been part of the family for eight years.

“Pleasantly,” Mama says.

Then we learn that Sugar Bear is not married to Mama. Why she isn’t committing to him that way is perplexing to Pumpkin, who says “he might as well be my daddy.”

“I consider all the girls my daughters,” Sugar Bear says in all honesty.

Later, they go “shopping” at the local “department store,” which is not really a Macy’s or Nordstrom’s or even a Wal-Mart. It’s a dumpster!  They once found a surround sound with only one broken speaker. “They should have a ‘Dumpster Diva Pageant’ cos I would win,” Honey Boo Boo notes.

“All Pumpkin’s clothes comes from the dumpster,” she reveals.

Then they go to a lake on a very hot Georgia summer day. Mama wears a fancy wet towel on her head, which she calls the “redneck air conditioner.” “It keeps you cool,” she explains. “It keeps you wet, a wet t-shirt contest all in one.”

I’ll pass on the wet t-shirt contest if it involves Mama, bless her heart.

Sugar Bear, sweet guy that he is, also purchased a portable pool. (They don’t have AC in South Georgia, y’all.) He struggled to fix it but once he did, oddly, the only person shown playing in it was Honey Boo Boo.

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This is Mrs. Norman Maine

September 6th, 2012
7:47 am

Rodney, I’m sorry but could you elaborate? What was so endearing about what you just described? They’re fat and they know it. Check. Mama June has 4 kids with 4 different daddies. Check. Little Alana doesn’t understand why her parents are not married. Check. They go dumpster diving. Check. The kid is cute honestly but the rest of the fam, I’ll take a pass. (Maybe it’s because I’m from South Ga and I know that people like this inhabit this state like kudzu. I’m just not impressed.)

Oh and the crack about laughing all the way to the bank? That was a low blow Rodney, that one really hurt, lol…….

Love The South

September 6th, 2012
9:21 am

I love them!!! They are who they are!!! Cash in while you can!!

Stac

September 6th, 2012
9:21 am

Its a shame what they are doing to this child. She will the price for their neglect.
And one question, How did something this stupid get on tv? I would never allow my
kids to watch something like this. Where has all the good tv gone?

dirty south

September 6th, 2012
9:22 am

I had a chance to catch up on this whole series last night after hearing so much about the show. I must say that I could not move away from the TV. I was anxious to see what these people were gonna do next. After watching this show, I am not ashamed of any other black show on TV. Check or not, they look stupid. Mama is 32 years old and about to be a Grandmama and that is ok! NOT!!!! Sure, they eat good and they’re happy………..all while people watching the show are shaking their heads saying WTH.

Megan Martinez

September 6th, 2012
9:25 am

Rodney, I’m so pleased you posted this. Everything you said is true. This family is awesome, loving and just plane fun. Any little girl would love to do all the things Miss Boo Boo Child does.
Mrs. Norman, I guess your one of the people who Laughs all the way to the bank.lol…(I think thats a perfect saying for stuck up people who think life is all about money and looks)
You should never judge a book by its cover, it whats inside that counts. This family has such a great out loot on life and should keep their heads high and never let people like you try to bring them down.

Tagg

September 6th, 2012
9:42 am

I agree with Rodney 100%. When I first heard about this show on the radio I was like…WTF?!! Then I caught and epsiode and now I’m hooked! This is a close knit loving family that lives in a clean & well maintained house and yard. Why the hate?Is it because they are over-weight? Country? Teen pregnancy? Wake up folks…this is the norm for many so stop being high and mighty. Live your own life.

Janet Zara

September 6th, 2012
9:55 am

I love this show. These people are real – they don’t put on “airs” – they are who they are. They all seem happy. I wish Mama June and Sugar Bear would get married and have a televised wedding soon!!

Brenda

September 6th, 2012
9:59 am

They will put anything on TV these days, this family is a hot mess.

itamazesme

September 6th, 2012
10:12 am

I admit that I like the show too. They are genuine people, unlike most that you come across today. I fell in love with little honey boo boo on the toddlers and tiaras episode – I kept laughing at how funny she was and the things she was saying. When I found out that they were doing a show around her, I wasn’t suprised. If you ever see the episode, she had the camera men and producers laughing constantly. Congrats to this family, for being real, and not caring what people think of them.

SpaceyG

September 6th, 2012
10:17 am

Towels on the head? That’s Little Edie’s pièce de résistance. (Grey Gardens)

WOW....

September 6th, 2012
10:30 am

I agree with the fact that the family is close. They love one another unconditionally. What more should you ask for. They’re not materalistic and enjoy each day. It’s refreshing to come across people who could give a rat’s ass what others think.

bob

September 6th, 2012
10:35 am

WHO GIVE A RATS @sss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dave

September 6th, 2012
10:36 am

A total trainwreck

steve

September 6th, 2012
10:37 am

Destroy this rubbish.

fred

September 6th, 2012
10:38 am

I want the five seconds of my life reading this back,

Faye

September 6th, 2012
10:39 am

I think this show is hilarious. Despite their occasional brash behaviour, they all seem happy, have a lot of fun and support each other. June is a better mother then some people I know. Alana (Honey Boo Boo) is full of confidence and seems to be a very happy child. I do admit that June (Momma) could be a little stricter with the junk food. Some of the things they say are soooooo funny.

john

September 6th, 2012
10:43 am

Cant wait for their 5 seconds of trailer park fame to fade out.

jim

September 6th, 2012
10:44 am

I feel sorry for Rodney Ho since he had s to report about these losers.

bill

September 6th, 2012
10:46 am

This so called family needs to crawl back under whatever rock they slithered out.

albert

September 6th, 2012
10:47 am

Its so sad that this is what some people consider as entertainment,

sally

September 6th, 2012
10:58 am

The network needs to cancel this ’show’ immediately.

robin w.

September 6th, 2012
10:59 am

Why is this paper wasting print on this garbage?

grace of earth

September 6th, 2012
11:00 am

Anybody can have a reality show thse days.

WOW....

September 6th, 2012
11:03 am

jim

September 6th, 2012
10:44 am
I feel sorry for Rodney Ho since he had s to report about these losers.

Seems those “losers” are happy, smiling and have $$ in the bank…whatcha got?

Ted

September 6th, 2012
11:04 am

I also watched it to see what the fuss was about. I don’t think it’s any worse than the Kardasians which I don’t watch. I bet the people on here who put them down probably watch the Kardasians which are what I consider “rich trash”.The show is ok but not not all that entertaining to me. For “reality” TV I prefer the repossessiion shows and Hard Core Pawn. The program does show that you don’t have to be rich to have fun and have a loving family. Make that $ and save it for a College education Alana!

WOW....

September 6th, 2012
11:12 am

jim

September 6th, 2012
11:16 am

jim

September 6th, 2012
10:44 am
I feel sorry for Rodney Ho since he had s to report about these losers.

Seems those “losers” are happy, smiling and have $$ in the bank…whatcha got?

How about pride, self-respect, humility, gratitude, character, appreciation, nobility, friends, time to accomplish things that really matter and still more than $$ in the bank!

davis

September 6th, 2012
11:17 am

Nice to see some readers in this forum know trash when they see it.

WOW....

September 6th, 2012
11:23 am

jim – seems like they too have the same things you list.

LovetheObamas

September 6th, 2012
11:24 am

Rodney dont get me wrong I love your blog. However, I have asked this of you a thousand times, at least (2). Would it be so funny if they were Asian. It seems easy for you to be analytical of Africans, Caucasians, but what about a Asian reality show. I am game.

VictoriousOne

September 6th, 2012
11:32 am

Reality TV as a category is garbage, and it caters to people’s need to feel better about themselves by looking at unbelievable foolishness in the lives of somebody they can laugh at or put down. Watching fake “housewives” who have all been foreclosed on, or basketball “wives” who aren’t even married or trailer park humor lets us sit home in our own pathetic armchairs and say, “See, my life ain’t so bad – look at them!” It speaks to our societal obsession with money at any cost, too, as these folks (and many of the posts on this thread) make it plain they don’t care what anybody thinks as long as they get paid. If this is your thing, knock yourself out. Oh, and it doesn’t make somebody stuck up or high and mighty if they don’t like watching people exploit their own kids for a buck. Word is that a lot of the “hilarious” stuff this child says is fed to her by producers…it’s always good to at least be aware you are being made a fool of…smh

Rodney Ho

September 6th, 2012
11:34 am

@LovetheObamas. The fact is, there are no Asian reality shows on any major cable or broadcast network. They don’t exist in the United States that I know of. (There is a Canadian one featuring a Chinese restaurant called “Family Restaurant” that aired on WE-TV that actually was pretty good). I may only be able to judge when I see one. And look-I was born in the United States and am often called a banana–yellow on the outside, white on the inside. I’m about as Americanized as it gets. I try to take all these reality shows with a grain of salt. Sometimes, they’re funny, sometimes they aren’t. I think “Honey Boo Boo” is occasionally condescending to its subjects the way it’s edited (what other show features the main characters farting and sneezing–that would be edited out if NeNe did that!). But otherwise, it’s clear this family is loving and sweet and real. That’s a good thing, even if it may perpetuate stereotypes about Southern white folks in small towns. Nothing’s perfect.

BOO-BOO----ugh

September 6th, 2012
11:51 am

TLC programming at an all time low

Rodney Ho, do you job

September 6th, 2012
12:07 pm

You report on entertainment & this is entertainment whether people like it or not. I haven’t seen it, but will try to at least record it so I can watch it. I would probably let a camera follow me around too for money because there are a lot worst things people will do for money. Rodney, ignore all the haters & keep doing your job. It doesn’t matter if your Asian, Black or Caucasian, we are all of the HUMAN RACE & that’s all that matters. The same God that made one, made all & if anyone doesn’t like it, they need to call up our Great Creator, GOD!!

Aquarius

September 6th, 2012
12:20 pm

Just another trashy reality show. It is truly amazing the garbage that society calls entertainment anymore.

Paul Mudge

September 6th, 2012
12:31 pm

What in the world is this all about; is it a TV show of some sort?

www

September 6th, 2012
12:36 pm

this family sounds terrible

I'm just saying..........

September 6th, 2012
12:44 pm

The Atl housewives look like Harvard grads, with doctorate degrees, next to these people. I like to laugh, but even I couldn’t stomach these Hillbillies. I HAD to turn it off…..makes me ashamed of being from south GA!

Headache

September 6th, 2012
12:45 pm

its clear that alot of these comments are by the same person. Who writes constant one liners. Anyway. I agree wholeheartedly with you Rodney. I enjoy the show and this is a lot of people’s reality. They actually live a much nicer life than a lot of people in lower class america. Reality TV shows that person’s reality. It may not be your reality so don’t watch it. I enjoy the show and I enjoy Honey Boo Boo, she is smart articulate etc. And so what she is a little over weight, so is her mother and so is more than half of America. Stop counting other people’s crosses and count your own.

Dum-Bass

September 6th, 2012
12:48 pm

After all, it is “The LEARNING Channel” !!!!! I learned something last night. I now know what a “redneck department store” is. (I actually find myself feeling sorry for the cameramen and technical people out in that heat filming these episodes. Can’t even imagine what they are thinking!)

robin

September 6th, 2012
12:52 pm

society- trashy -losers -kudzu-fat -4 baby daddies -rubbish -train wreck -trailer park fame-slithered from rock – these are just a few words i pulled from comments i read , and quite frankly you negative people are the reason for your own hatred toward others why you gotta pick on a simple family that has done nothing to you . hey here a great idea turn your t.v. channel. or do you only pick up one station if so then your the “LOSERS” now otherwise shut the hell up !!!!!!!!! i’m just sayin

robin

September 6th, 2012
12:52 pm

society- trashy -losers -kudzu-fat -4 baby daddies -rubbish -train wreck -trailer park fame-slithered from rock – these are just a few words i pulled from comments i read , and quite frankly you negative people are the reason for your own hatred toward others why you gotta pick on a simple family that has done nothing to you . hey here a great idea turn your t.v. channel. or do you only pick up one station if so then your the “LOSERS” now otherwise shut the hell up !!!!!!!!! i’m just sayin

WOW (a/k/a Pitchy)...

September 6th, 2012
12:55 pm

Do you RoHo. Absolutely amazing all the haters of this show KNOW ABOUT THE SHOW!

salt

September 6th, 2012
1:09 pm

lovethe obamas,how about the mix breed reality show

um

September 6th, 2012
1:36 pm

My conclusion after both watching the show and reading this blog is that many people here have worse problems than HBB’s family.

Mommy of 3

September 6th, 2012
1:44 pm

I Love Honey BOO BOO and her family!! They love each other and thats what matters.

howard howie

September 6th, 2012
1:44 pm

Anyone that uses the phrase ‘i’m just sayin’ SHOULD NOT!!

Godawgs75

September 6th, 2012
2:06 pm

I am from the North and we have the same there as well. My Grandparents were simple people as well, but were not obese and embarrassing. There is a difference being simple and happy then fat and obnoxious. Jabba the Hut already has her kids over weight. I mean, I want my kids to be better then me, look better, not teach them things in life that would hold them back. WTF!

Ratchet

September 6th, 2012
2:34 pm

There used to be a show on TV called the Beverly Hillbillies; the southern redneck was typecast into a hayseed dumbaxx. True, there are folks like this here in the South. But this show gives you the impression everyone is like that.

This is truly a trash show with a short shelf life. It is not allowed on in my house. Kids are already filled with stereotypes from every angle, no need to give them more. The kids at the high school wanna act like they are from the ghetto. They talk ghetto. They dress with their pants on the ground (although dress code is correcting this). They think rap talking about “what I’m gonna do to you” and pimp’s and ho’s is cool. WTF? They emulate “gang” cultures. Good news is, I don’t see them wanting to emulate fat, slothly, gluttoness rednecks. Thank God!

Ratchet

September 6th, 2012
2:39 pm

If you are watching this show and think its cute, think its ok to “live life like that”,be a fat, slovenly, low intelligence human,and actually are fascinated or enjoy it; you are part of the problem. Go look in the mirror, drop the twinkie, clean yoursefl up, and get a life.