I use to hate on the whole Honey Boo Boo (HBB) craze sincerely believing that it represented the extreme deterioration of American culture and values. However, I did not want to criticize the show without ever watching it—wouldn’t that be hypocritical? I mean I didn’t want to be like this lady who never read a J.R.R. Tolkien book, but decided to write a sophisticated Times article about them.
So two days ago, I decided to bite the bullet and sit down to watch an episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, the most popular show on TLC and the show that beat out the Republican National Convention on ratings. Forcing my youngest brother to sit alongside me as I took on this dreary task, we braced ourselves for what be believed would be 20-minutes of continual eye-rolling and constant head-shaking.
I am proud to say that after the first episode, I was a fan. We both found the show to be humorous and uplifting. Sure, there are many things of which I do not agree with, pageants for children and poor eating habits, but for the most part, I found the family to be honest, candid, unapologetic, and quite normal.
I use the word normal loosely. They are indeed a quirky family with extreme personalities, but in the end, they’re a family. I think the family members are really sweet. Alana, a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo, definitely does not carry the show on her own. Her three wacky sisters, her eccentric mom June, and her soft-spoken dad Sugar Bear all make the show what it is, which is a simple, out-of-the-ordinary, and energetic show that leaves viewers speechless and happy.
If you let go of what society makes you want to feel, I think you will enjoy this show too. I think it has a lot of good moral values for the educated adult who can filter out the bad moral values, if that makes any sense. It teaches you to be comfortable with what you have/who you are, that family comes first, and to be accepting of people all shapes, sizes, colors, and preferences. I wouldn’t go showing it to 10-year-olds, but overall, I am not ashamed of the fact that I watched the whole season in 2 days. If you have about 4-hours, I highly suggest it!
I realize that this is a reality tv show and we see what the network wants us to see so none of these proclamations I’ve made are stated as facts—they are merely my opinion.