College educated, progressive thinking, and addicted to television* are just a few things that could accurately describe yours truly.
*only shows that are available on the internet cause I certainly can’t afford cable.
It may come as a shock to some of my classmates and more genteel friends to know that I am an avid advocate for Honey Boo Boo and her cheese ball-chuggin’ kin. I don’t watch it regularly, but I’ve seen enough to know that I like ’em.
With their 2nd season of shenanigans quickly edging nearer, I thought I would write a couple of words in defense of this controversial show.
It’s true that most people in my ‘hood, Hollywood, cringe at the idea of reality shows in general taking over the airwaves. It’s cheaply made, quick to produce, and easily marketable–in short, it’s what’s selling now. But that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate some of these shows for what they truly are–sheer brilliance.
When Adam Levine, of Maroon 5 and ‘The Voice’ fame, came out with this obscenity laced rant against the itty bitty reality star and her family, I couldn’t help but bristle at this man’s hypocrisy.
“Seriously, Honey Boo Boo is the DECAY of Western civilization,” he said…Just to clarify, I said, ‘F*** THOSE PEOPLE.’”
Really, Adam? Because your song lyrics detailing you murdering a man in a fit of jealousy shows how we as a society have shed our barbarism?
And because your own reality singing spectacle showcases nothing but Americans playing to their highest intelligence: sitting around in motorized swivel chairs constantly judging people?
I’m sure he doesn’t appreciate it when people say his singing voice sounds like a cat-in-heat-wailing-at-the-harvest-moon. Why is he so quick to assume a ‘holier than thou’ attitude?
Enough about him, back to the real message of this blog post: why the Thompson bunch is one of my favorite television families.
Full disclosure, I’ve watched a number of family centered reality TV shows in my time, especially from the TLC channel: 19 Kids and Counting–featuring the ever multiplying Duggar children, Jon and Kate Plus 8–which inevitably self-destructed when both parents ‘jumped off of the deep end’, and Abby and Brittany–the tale of a set of conjoined twins, just to name a few.
Out of all of these, though, Honey Boo Boo is tops. Here’s why:
- This family is real. From all of the arguing, coupon clipping, burping/farting, pageant attending on-camera moments, I have come to the conclusion that that’s exactly how that family lives. They don’t turn that crap on just for the camera. I’m fairly certain they’re just as irreverent when the film stops rolling. In essence, they’re exactly what a reality tv family is supposed to be. In the sage words of the family matriarch, June, “it is what it is”.
- They preach acceptance. They’re almost all overweight, and last season documented the girls’ struggle to shed the pounds. However, June teaches her daughters that real beauty comes from within. They don’t have a lot of money, but they work with what they’ve got: including June’s proclivity toward extreme couponing to stretch the family dollars. “Uncle Poodle”, the dad’s gay little brother, is not snubbed as one would expect from a stereotypical southern family. In fact, Alana declares vehemently “Ain’t nothin’ wrong with bein’ a little gay! Everybody’s a little bit gay!”
- They are the true representation of a demographic of people in America. I am originally from the south–not the deep south–but the south, nonetheless. I will testify in a court of law that people sharing the Thompson’s rural, southern, non-wealthy, white culture DO exist. Because really, you can’t make that stuff up. Not everyone south of the Mason-Dixon line is the lucky owner of a large plantation complete with weeping willows, sweeping cotton fields full of migrant workers, and a barn to rival the Kentucky Derby. Who is anyone to say that they’re way of life as an American is the real ‘America’. If you are from the states simply living your life, you qualify, just like the Thompson’s.
- They’re a loving family. Yeah, they may fight with each other, they may call each other names on occasion but you can tell that the Thompson family would sure ‘throw down’ for any member of their family. What family doesn’t scrap with each other once in a while? They go to events as a family, spend time together often, and have family goals to achieve. Alana’s oldest teen sister had a baby on the show (with an extra thumb…again, you can’t make this stuff up) and it was welcomed into the family with enthusiasm and support for the new single parent. They stick together.
- They’re happy. Generally positive and not one bit ashamed of the way they live their life is what makes Honey Boo Boo one of the most relevant reality television programs currently on air.
If you need anymore reasons, some with a more humorous bent, here are 40 of them. Or, if you’d like to read another person’s words (who happens to share my opinion) here is another article from one of my favorite websites.
Again, I don’t watch this show religiously, mostly because TLC refuses to stream their prime-time shows on the internet, but that doesn’t stop me from having a true appreciation for the realest-reality show I’ve ever seen. Y’all better REDNECKOGNIZE!
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