In defense of the new TLC show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”

Today was my first time sitting down to watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo show on TLC. It also happens to be its marathon.  I am not a typical viewer… sometimes I can go on days without turning the TV on, and today was one of those days where I just turned into a vegetable in front of the tube and sat through 3.5 hours of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.  After a long day of cleaning 3 bathrooms, vacuuming a 5 bdrm house, 4 loads of laundry, and cooked a meal for 4, I was ready to relax.  I don’t normally follow reality TV, with the exception of Real House Wives of Beverly Hills. Other than that, the only stuff I enjoy on TV are Game of Thrones and Grey’s Anatomy. That’s about as much TV I’ll ever watch.  But today, after hearing all the buzz on the internet about this crazy new show, I had to give it an honest try.  I’ve heard people blast about June, who is the mother of pageant child Honey Boo Boo (Alana) about her controversial parenting methods such as giving the kid “go-go juice” before a pageant to get her pumped up.  I just sat through 3 and half episodes of that, and I didn’t see the go-go juice make a single appearance.

In the episode where the family goes to the water park sans Sugar Bear, June took to the water slides herself. Maybe it’s something hilarious about fat people going down a gigantic tube slide, or the fact that June herself is hilarious and fully aware but at the same time nonchalant about what other people thinks ▬ I was dying of laughter for good two solid minutes.  It’s been GIFed by the internet, so you know it’s funny.

In another episode where June serves the family “sketti”, which is pretty much the redneck version of spaghetti ▬ the sauce’s main ingredients are butter (or in June’s case, I Can’t Believe its Not Butter), ketchup, and ground beef.  At first I was grossed out by the fact that it was just ketchup and margarine for the sauce (I am a cook, so that instantly hit a wrong note with me), but with a little bit of thought after viewing that episode, I am actually curious to try as to what that would taste like, maybe just for kicks.   In a different episode, where the family goes out to find a new wig for Honey Boo Boo so that it might help her win a bigger title, the whole family decided to try on different kinds of wigs while they were there.  When June puts on a long blond wig, Sugar Bear expresses that he had gotten aroused seeing his beloved girlfriend of 8years looking so “smexy”, I couldn’t stop laughing again. Partially due to the fact that Sugar Bear himself is probably hands down my favorite character from the series (just watch the way he talks, and how he handles himself, you’ll see why), and the fact that he has so much love for June despite what most of the audiences and other people sees her.  This is genuine love, and that’s hard to find nowadays in the vain reality television world full of faux tans, big boobs, nose jobs and botox.  Sugar Bear is probably the most down to earth, sweetest and genuine character in reality television. Now I sound like I have a secret crush on the guy! LOL!

Go-go juice and other crazy antics aside, June’s method is  unconventional when it comes to raising Alana and her 3 sisters.  But with all judgement aside, after watching the entire family from an unbiased point of view, I actually think June is an excellent mother, and Sugar Bear is also an awesome father with permanent look of having a dip in his lip. Albeit they might be an unconventional redneck family that you’ll have a hard time understanding if it wasn’t for the subtitles, but this family is definitely worth watching, and there are lessons to be learned here while getting shamelessly entertained.

This is my new ring tone by the way:

One thought on “In defense of the new TLC show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”

  1. Ze was even op t.v. Honey Booboo.Helaas zijn de uitzendingen alweer gestopt. Wat ‘n heerlijk vrolijk kind. En haar familie; gewoon zaaalig ! ‘n Hechte band, veel lol samen, en ze zijn gewoon zichzelf, en er zit geen greintje kwaad in deze familie. (Ik ga over m’n nek van al dat geweld op t.v. momenteel) Mama June is ‘n moederkloek, en hoe ze euit ziet is haar worst, haar familie gaat voor alles. Ik hoop dat we in Nederland nog ‘ns mogen genieten van deze verademing op t.v. De Veronica gids had ‘n flink stuk geplaatst ‘n tijdje terug, dat TLC deze serie ging uitzenden. Helaas heb ik er maar véél te kort van mogen genieten ! Honey Booboo , ik hoop van harte je gauw weer op t.v. te zien !

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