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Five things I learned from the fall finale of ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’

CREDIT: Lifetime

CREDIT: Lifetime

TLC Wednesday said it was adding “special” episodes of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” including three holiday specials for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Uh oh. This phenomenon is a sweet guilty pleasure but I can’t see how much more gas they can suck out of this tank of redneck gas.

On Wednesday, Sept. 26, TLC aired the final episode of the first half of the season and it was a special hour-long deal. (Yes, TLC says this is a first half.)

Anna had her baby and Honey Boo Boo won a big prize at a pageant.  That’s pretty much it when it comes to “plot.”

Here’s what I learned:

1. Don’t hold a photo shoot in 101 degree weather.

It makes even this lovable family cranky.

“I”m sweatin’  like a whore in church,” Mama says.

2. “Honey Boo Boo” editors actually can show discretion  – and don’t let it happen again!

The cameras weren’t around to show Alana’s baby pop out. Heck, they weren’t even in the hospital room for the big event. Maybe the family drew the line, even if had nothing to do with farting or sneezing.

3. A cheese ball diet apparently speeds up evolution. Or is it the train emissions?

Anna’s baby Kaitlyn is born with an extra thumb on her right hand. Chubbs give sthe baby a “high six.” And Mama looks at the thumb with an optimistic air: “It’s better to have an extra thumb than no thumb at all.”

“That extra thumb reminds me of a Swiss Army knife,” daddy Sugar Bear notes.

“Baby’s going to smell like sunshine and happiness,” Honey says. “Or poop.”

4. There’s yet another gay term out there: poodle.

But this family throws it around affectionately because Sugar Bear’s younger brother is gay and nicknamed Uncle Poodle. He’s redneck – but plays for the other team! How novel! And he teaches Honey how to do a cartwheel – sort of. And at one point, they all get into a grass fight. Literally, they throw gobs of grass at each other and sometimes, into each others pants. “This is what kids are supposed to do,” Honey explains. And here’s a family-friendly version of a  Poodle quote that has very dirty connotations: “I filled Pumpkin’s [butt] with grass.”

5. Who needs a cake when you can get a pig? The family brought Glitzy back after Honey Boo Boo won her pageant’s “people’s choice.” But it was just a visit.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

48 comments Add your comment

malleesmom

September 27th, 2012
7:53 am

Get your cast names straight. Alana aka Honey Boo Boo is seven. She isn’t the one who had the baby. :)

Ross

September 27th, 2012
8:33 am

The AJC would be a much better online news site that engaged readers and encouraged participation if it allowed comments for every story and not just a few.

Mercedes S.

September 27th, 2012
8:35 am

Last night I had dinner at the St. Regis hotel at an event for high-powered business people (no, I’m not one of them; I just went as a spouse).Half the people in this party of 15 knew every name of the Honey Boo Boo cast, half had never heard of the show. After dinner, everybody knew the names, looks (I-Phone)and questionable behaviors of these fascinating folks.

Deanna

September 27th, 2012
8:43 am

What slays me about the popularity of this show is that people act like they’ve never met rednecks before. Seriously? I think this is a pretty awesome family, but there are redneck families all over the place, close by, right here near Atlanta! People need to get out more and spend some time with people who aren’t like them! The “Honey Boo Boos” are not an anomaly.

Marsh

September 27th, 2012
8:53 am

How is the St. Regis relevant here? Because “you people” normally wouldn’t deign to acknowledge the Honey Boo Boos of the world exist?

I’d rather eat spaghetti and ketchup out of an old butter bowl than witness Mercedes’ alleged crowd which probably only exists in her head.

They love each other. More power to them.

Jennifer

September 27th, 2012
9:06 am

You need to check your facts. Like another comment said, Alana is “Honey Boo Boo” she did not have the baby, Anna had the baby. The baby’s name is Kaitlyn with a “K”, not a “C” since the show is sub-titled, the name appears multiple times in the show. I also believe that it is TLC that is adding more episodes of Honey Boo Boo, not Lifetime.

ThisMama

September 27th, 2012
9:07 am

This article was not written very well. It was difficult to read due to the fact Alana and Honey are the same person.

Randy

September 27th, 2012
9:21 am

God forbid that honey boo boo and the rest of her family bleed red blood. Seriously, you learned five things watching the season finally? I learned a few things reading this silly blog. 1) because your voice is heard via radio or blog, this idiot’s opinion is truly trashy. 2) This is simply a settle way of being racist and stereotyping others who don’t look like you, think like you, smell like you and act like you. 3) If you ever face to face with this family, you’d probably have your head so far up there crack due to them being celebrities and you being a nothing. 4) Because of your jacked up childhood, you attack a family that’s making it as a family. 5) And finally, your five “Learned” things and your opinion sucks. You are a bozo.

Double Standard

September 27th, 2012
9:28 am

With all do respect Mr. Ho I take offense to you openly using the word “redneck” in a blog post on the AJC. The word is used in a very disrespectful way to define a particular race.

I agree these folks are certainly unique but I am offended that you have chosen to acknowledged them as Rednecks. When did that become ok?

Thank you for your time.

Mark

September 27th, 2012
9:30 am

What really needs to bappen on this show is for the girl’s mom to start feeding her a healthy diet so she’s not so heavy! Poor child!

Rodney Ho

September 27th, 2012
9:38 am

@Double Standard I used the term “redneck” affectionately because that’s how they describe themselves. One of Honey Boo Boo’s sayings is “You better redneckonize!” And I didn’t realize the word related to a particular race. It’s more a lifestyle or attitude, isn’t it?

Deanna

September 27th, 2012
9:53 am

Honey Boo Boo has an amazing family. They may not have much but they appreciate and have fun with everything they have. I admire this family. There is obviously alot of love and support in their home

Kaley Fornia

September 27th, 2012
9:54 am

@Double Standard

Ummm dont they say “you better redneckognize?” Thats calling yourself a redneck. Better get your facts straight!

Mercedes S.

September 27th, 2012
10:13 am

Marsh – St. Regis is relevant becuse it proves that people of all classes are interested in “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” Why do you think “my crowd” exists only in my head? I have many crowds. Some, like my first cousin B., live in simple farmhouses, others are titled and live in castles. Unlike you, I’m not a snob.

Bubba Aristrocrat

September 27th, 2012
11:59 am

I don’t know who these people are but the mom(?) looks like Mimi Bobeck from the old Drew Carey Show.

Double Standard

September 27th, 2012
1:29 pm

Mr. Ho,

Your logic is kind of messed up sir. With all do respect to the Asian community are there any Asians you might consider as yellownecks. The term redneck was used by the Yankees to define the Southern People in a negative way during the civil war. White people are the only people who skins gets red when it burns. It’s ignorant on the part of the show. But more importantly I feel it’s ignorant on your part to place it in a blog. But then again I am not so sure how serious I should take you or this blog as it is about Honey Boo Boo. Does it bother you as a “journalist” that you are asked to cover this crap?
I assure you I will be on the lookout for any YellowNecks I may see…..after all its just an attitude or a way of life right?

Thank You for your time,

DS

Rodney Ho

September 27th, 2012
1:35 pm

@Double Standard. I am sorry you were offended. Next time I talk to Jeff Foxworthy, I’ll have to ask him his thoughts.

As a proud Asian-American who has lived in Atlanta for 17 years, my neck gets just as red as any Caucasian. And I’m certain there are black, Hispanic and Asian rednecks, too, though not necessarily literally when it comes to what color the skin gets when burned. I never thought of “redneck” as a racial term in this day and age. It’s a lifestyle that this family embraces and celebrates in a positive way on the show. Sure, some people may use it disparagingly but I wasn’t in that context. It was more descriptive than anything.

'trtnmntatitzbest

September 27th, 2012
1:39 pm

The FAMILY is happy and love is all around, even for Poodle. Lessons to be learned here people.

'trtnmntatitzbest

September 27th, 2012
1:44 pm

We can choose to identify the ‘term’ and equate it to ‘negativity’. However, the type of behavior is in every race and if no one was reading Rodney’s Blogs he would’ve been out of a job already. June and her brood are happier than most who condemn the Show and comment here. Looking forward to the Holiday recipes (episodes) to laugh at in the cold.

Have A Smile! ☺☻

September 27th, 2012
1:49 pm

With all do respect to the Asian community are there any Asians you might consider as yellownecks. The term redneck was used by the Yankees to define the Southern …

PLEASE take your political correctness nonense somewhere else. Anyone who gets so butthurt over something so mild is of little use to the rest of us.

Roo

September 27th, 2012
2:14 pm

@ Double Standard…they call THEMSELVES rednecks, so if Rodney refers to them as such, negative connotation or not, it’s what they identify with. By YOUR name alone, I would have to guess you’re not always “correct” either. Can we move on please…this is a light blog about a TV show…nothing more.

sailaway

September 27th, 2012
2:26 pm

Instead of REDNECK, just use Cracker.

Nelson Goss Turner

September 27th, 2012
2:28 pm

I have only watched a few minutes of “Honey Boo Boo” to see what all the talk was about. I was shocked but then there are other tv shows about dressing up little girls like grown ups that are equally inappropriate to me. This one just seems to draw a larger audience. I spend much of my tv watching time for the last decade or so, clicking from one show to another to find anything at all that is not brainless dribble. I am deeply concerned about the mentality of contemporary America. Regarding attacks on the term “redneck”, I don’t take those too seriously and in fact some folks make a living making jokes about rednecks. Other racially charged terms(we all know them but I won’t use them here and usually don’t at all) are allowed only by those of minority groups and not by others, particularity whites which is foolishness to me as either all jump on the bandwagon or none. But if none, where does free speech end and government censorship begin. I believe in being respectful to all people and refrain from insults if at all possible although some have earned it but not you Mr. Ho. I enjoy your posts and have perceived you are a respectful journalist although I don’t always agree with you but not much disagreement. The always interesting issue of free speech and expression (I am a lawyer with a journalism undergraduate degree) has recently reached an overly sensitive, politically correct social and legal crescendo (probably due to “hate crime laws”, political correctness and affirmative action laws that favor some classes and not others) to the extent that some feel the laws allow some to be insulting but not others and has pervaded America to such an extent that non protected classes have become as sensitive as protected classes and resent either real or perceived insults. The over sensitivity has even become justification for murder in the Muslim World recently. I think we all should be sensitive to avoiding insults as a matter of manners, morals and proper behavior but not to the extent censorship becomes so pervasive no one speaks the truth even if unpleasant. Let everybody have their ideas after all calling someone a “red neck” or all the other racial, religious, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, nationality,etc. insults are not really “yelling fire in a crowded theater”. A fire can kill. Insults will not unless someone allows their sensitivity to evolve in to violence, which is not justified due to a verbal insult unless there is a real threat of harm. Behave people and just laugh off childish insults. After all, “Honey Boo Boo’s” family did and made a lot of money.

sailaway

September 27th, 2012
2:43 pm

Nelson Goes Turner ” After all, “Honey Boo Boo’s” family did and made a lot of money.”

$4,000 an episode for a family 6 is not A LOT of money.

sailaway

September 27th, 2012
2:43 pm

Nelson Goes Turner ” After all, “Honey Boo Boo’s” family did and made a lot of money.”

$4,000 an episode for a family 6 is not A LOT of money.

Back 2 Bama

September 27th, 2012
3:18 pm

Why is everyone so angry with Rodney Ho as he is only repeating what the family proudly refer themselves since the show premiered. If I recall one of the girls competed in the “Redneck Games” where she bobbed for pig feet. Apparently,some of you have never watched not one episode of this show as you should be directing anger towards June. June boast eagerly about being and overweight redneck who takes pride in eating road kill. It’s not like Rodney is making this crap up to offend anyone….

Mercedes S.

September 27th, 2012
3:30 pm

Sailaway, “cracker” is way more offensive than “redneck”.

Really?

September 27th, 2012
3:35 pm

I love this family, but think that Dr. Oz needs to do a health intervention…Alana used to be pleasingly plump, but now is just downright obese.

Her mother & sisters are too, except for Anna (funny how she didn’t gain weight & she’s was the pregnant one)!!

Also, why is nothing ever said about the father of Anna’s baby? This is a great opportunity for Jane Fonda to put her 2 cents in about fighting teen-age pregnancy.

This family has a lot of love, but could really benefit from help with nutrition, & birth control….just saying!

Jere

September 27th, 2012
4:11 pm

I think Really ? summed everything up quite well

I enjoy your blogs Rodney. Sorry you have to deal with the haters

Mercedes S.

September 27th, 2012
4:14 pm

Thanks, Really. Sugarbear could do with a new set of teeth and Mama def. needs glasses.

Dum-Bass

September 27th, 2012
4:25 pm

Would have to agree with RoHo that being “redneck”, nowdays anyway, is more a way of life than anything. If “redneckism” is a race, we are all in a world of hurt, because those people regenerate like rabbits! The one new thing I did learn last night is that there is even such a thing as a “gay redneck”! That is almost oxymoronic within itself. My mind just won’t wrap around that! That should also give Jeff Foxworthy about 20 yrs. of material, if he wants to use it. I just thought of 3 “you might be a gay redneck if…………” myself, but can’t use any of them here. YuGoRoHo!

shakufa

September 27th, 2012
5:25 pm

why does anybody watch this crap?

Sis

September 27th, 2012
5:41 pm

Every family has their ups and downs, problems and success’s. Just because this blended family has grass fights, attends pageants, eats alot of Country Crock with their Sgetti, doesn’t mean they are bad people. Yes, they could improve their diets, but so can thousands of people in the US. What stands out to me, is the love the family has for each other, and how they all support each other. They have fun together, laugh a lot, and enjoy what they have-which doesn’t appear to be much. I think a lot of American families who view this show need to look past the strange, weird things, and recognize this family sticks together. I applaud the parents for the love and support they show for their kids- it’s a lot more than what many parents do these days!!

By the way

September 27th, 2012
7:12 pm

Rodney Jeff Foxworthy may use the term redneck., and many black comedians use the n-word. Do you feel it is appropriate to use the n-word because black comedians do? Do you use the term chink, or slant eye in your blogs? I think not.

SamE

September 27th, 2012
7:43 pm

And here I thought the A was so much farther along from the race game…

Billy

September 27th, 2012
7:50 pm

I like the show, but please don’t tell anyone.

I'm Just Sayin'

September 27th, 2012
8:02 pm

Actually, the term “ofay” trumps “redneck” & “cracker” in my boo, anyday. LOL!

catlanta

September 27th, 2012
8:15 pm

The issue is that people should not disparage these folks because they feel they are superior to them.

For example, I work with a gay 20-something-year old whose mother entered him in pageants as a toddler in Alabama, and he WON them. She lied to his father to attend pageants all over Bama with her boy, and the family still has the trophies in the house – but he thinks this show is shameful.

What’s sad is that he (and a lot of Southerners) feel the need to play like they are “above” these people. Anyone who grew up around here either knew this family (figuratively) or was a part of it – imagine what would be dredged up if an Ohio family were profiled in this manner? No difference in the quality of their favorite foods (I know a gal from Indiana who raised her family on “cheese and rice” – Campbells cream of whatever soup cooked with boil in bag rice and American cheese), the BMI or the love shared between them all is no different, the accents down here are just a lot less whiny.

I say, quit hating, sit back and enjoy the show. Honey Boo Boo is Everyone, get over yourselves.

Caroline Wills

September 27th, 2012
8:15 pm

I sincerely hope this disgusting program will not be on anymore. I guess everyone everywhere now think this is the way all Southerners act, talk and live.
Can’t networks come up with something or is this they type of entertainment??????most people like..?

another comment

September 27th, 2012
8:36 pm

Rodney, you left out we all including her daughter’s got to see what a Forklift foot looked like. June took off her sock at the Water Park and showed us and her girls what her foot that was run over in a Fork lift accident at work actually looked like. It was pretty nasty. June’s lame foot, and resultant neuropathy I am sure leads to her inactivity and alot of her weight gain

One had to give her credit for even praising the daughters for loosing 1 lb and rewarding them with a healthy activity by taking them to the water park. They had never been to a water park before. I found it amazing that even 307 lb June climbed the steps to the top and rode the slide down. That is a huge feat for someone her size. It also shows other people like them that they can go out and have a day of healthy exercise.

If you notice, this family does not use Food Stamps, they are buying food at these small town community auctions with cash. June is also stretching her family budget with coupons, which is harder to do in rural areas. June is one smart cookie.

Bill

September 27th, 2012
8:40 pm

When I think of an argument, I expect some degree of intelligence. That’s not coming from Mr. Double Standard…just absolute ignorance. Go Rodney!

CV

September 27th, 2012
8:54 pm

I would rather be a redneck than a thug.

Cbran

September 27th, 2012
10:08 pm

When is the sequel “Here Comes Diabetic Foot Bo Bo” going to air?

Mike Bell 790

September 27th, 2012
11:36 pm

Skycap

September 28th, 2012
9:39 am

What I learned is apparently gnats come from Africa and Honey will gladly “help them pack their stuff to send them back”. I’m pretty sure Honey didn’t learn that phrase from her family talking about gnats, if you catch my drift.

Dum-Bass

September 28th, 2012
1:56 pm

Yep, SKYCAP, we all catch your “drift”. Everything with you is about race, even when it’s not!

Just Saying..

September 28th, 2012
6:21 pm

Wow….some of you are taking this entirely too seriously. TLC has become the Exploitation channel. The so called exploited make a choice to be on the show. Embrace it or watch something else.

What trailer park...

September 28th, 2012
9:30 pm

Did they find this group from?? What an ugly, miserable child. How the deuce can it win beauty pageants. She looks like a mini version of Mimi from the old Drew Carey show. Just get the trowel out and put some more make up on.