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05:59 PM on 09/06/2012
I've seen the show. It's like a car wreck...can't keep my eyes off it. I hate that they are being exploited for their life style. The mom is loving her family just as we all do but ,of course, in a different way. Now the family is exposed to the judging. From people who think there is a "right" way to love. Let's give the benefit of the doubt.
05:37 PM on 09/06/2012
You are so right! I have to admit I don't watch politics, but I don't watch reality tv neither except for the singing and competition ones! I hate reality tv about people's lives. In fact...when they talk about the contestants real lives on American Idol, The X Factor, The Voice, and America's Got Talent...I change the channel!
05:37 PM on 09/06/2012
So THAT'S what this Honey Boo Boo thing is. I thought it was related to the honey badger or something.
It's better to be a black king than a white knight
05:27 PM on 09/06/2012
My mother said she was watching it because (direct quote) "It's the best of what's on right now."  I've bought her the books that they based Sex and the City and Rizzoli & Isles on (shows that she likes) and she's never read them.  Even got her The Carrie Diaries and that's been gathering dust on the family room floor without ever once being cracked open.
05:15 PM on 09/06/2012
Furthermore, why hasn't TLC responded to my requests for a show about the American Carnie? I mean, what do they do when there are no carnivals? How do they decide to become carnies? I want that show. . . for purely academic purposes.
La Guerriere
fighting for a world without Republicans
07:08 PM on 09/07/2012
That is a great idea! I mean it.
05:09 PM on 09/06/2012
While I can appreciate your perspective, I think there is real value in putting the spotlight on subsections of our culture. I see this type of camera lens observation seen on TLC as an exercise in social anthropology. Western culture has reached out to indigenous tribes in places like South America, Africa and the South Pacific island groups to learn their languages, sample their food, learn their customs relative to marriage/courting/education/child-rearing and there is always a level of judgment that is simply inescapable when one is engaged in this up-close and personal observation - but we consider that a different form of judicious study because it is undertaken for overtly academic reasons. Let's just accept that we're encouraging Americans to engage in social anthropology when it comes to the family of H.B.B. and their culture, and they should look but not touch. I think H.B.B. has oodles of personality and half the things she does and says make me want to hug her - like a little monkey in the jungle if this were a show on Discovery observing a different type of family.
06:35 PM on 09/06/2012
totally agree with this. i am fascinated by the fact that this culture - so different from my own - exists in our country. and i love how much they love each other. i love how well-adjusted they all seem (the way they handled glitzy's departure was a testament to this). i love that they dont' apologize for who they are. i love that the biggest drama involves what to do to keep cool in that god-awful heat, and i love how much fun they have doing it. you can criticize their accents all you want, but that's how they talk 'down south'. i'm sure there would be subtitles for cajuns or a whole host of other groups in the u.s.
Attempting to balance reason and passion
05:03 PM on 09/06/2012
"The only positive thing I can say about this show is that I read yesterday the family is making around $10,000 an episode."

The family negotiated a HORRIBLE deal. They should have demanded a bonus based on ratings. TLC is probably making that back by selling 1 or 2 seconds of ad time.
04:33 PM on 09/06/2012
It's like driving by a train wreck when flipping through channels- you know you shouldn't but you can't help but look, even if it makes you want to vomit.
04:27 PM on 09/06/2012
OMG, I love everything about your post! You speak the truth, and are damn funny doing it!
03:51 PM on 09/06/2012
Never heard of the show until reading this article. People watching this garbage must need a reason to feel better about their lives. Wow, another reason I do not miss having television.
03:43 PM on 09/06/2012
Holy Crap! I just glanced at a couple clips of this insane show and it's a freakin' train wreck you cannot tear your eyes away from! (Except that I have half a brain and normal/better things to do with my time.) But that certainly explains the ratings wonder. That these modern-day hillbillies so shamelessly exploit their obesity, low-information mentality and poor child-rearing skills is both sad and appalling. Please TLC, mandatorily set aside some of each episode income into accounts only the three disadvantaged daughters can touch at the right age. Heaven help those girls.
03:40 PM on 09/06/2012
Glad they are having fun and they could care less what you think. I love them for being themselves.
If you don't like it, don't watch it. No one is forcing you. What about the train wreck that is Teen Moms and Teen Moms 2 and Pregnant at 16 and all the other shows that glamorize teen pregnancy? They have been on for SEASONS, and all they do is tell 16 year old girls that it's ok to have a baby. But watch that instead of a family who just wants to live life and enjoy it.
Sorry but my choice is Here Comes Honey Boo Boo 100%. And my cable box is set to remind me EVERY time it is on. :)
It's better to be a black king than a white knight
05:29 PM on 09/06/2012
Bristol Palin's glamorizing teen pregnancy, too, yet I don't see you condemning her.
08:08 PM on 09/06/2012
I don't recall Bristol Palin glamorizing her pregnancy. The media jumped on it because her mother was running for VP.
07:24 PM on 09/06/2012
I 2nd all of that.. Its not hurting me or my kids.. SO why not..!!
01:22 PM on 09/22/2012
That is shockingly selfish...
03:33 PM on 09/06/2012
I watch the show and I am educated. I see it as a part of southern culture, one often overlooked in academia. When was the last time you heard of Redneck Studies?
As a community they have norms and behaviors that transition over history and that also react to economic conditions just like other groups in America. I also see how they are judged instead of understood like many other groups in America.
I hope that the girls go to college and perhaps contribute to some of the folklore and cultural production that come out of that region. Usually, there is this desire to get them to conform or mainstream.
While many may find them unconventional as were the Osbourne's who have money, I am able to understand that they are a cohesive family that love and support one another the best way they can. I admire Sugar Bear as a man, he is respectful, he spends time with the children although the show said he worked 7 days a week. I like the way the girls support Alana and help coach her and I respect June and what she has been through.
I see them proud of their daughter no matter how she does and she is one of the few children in pageants I have seen with real self esteem.
I hope that they stay in tact as a family unit, as often the public eye breaks down familial ties.
It's better to be a black king than a white knight
05:30 PM on 09/06/2012
I counter with a proposed reality show called The Real Beverly Hillbillies which the United Mine Workers of America successfully got shut down while it was still in development for its potential portrayal of negative rural Southern stereotypes.  Why similar hasn't happened here is beyond me.
03:28 PM on 09/06/2012
It helps to drink a bottle of wine while or before can always make it a drinking game....take a shot everytime one of them farts. Only problem with that, you probably won't make it to the first commerical break before you pass out.
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03:24 PM on 09/06/2012
I am a political science major and am endeavoring to understand what I witnessed at the RNC. I find that after an hour of Honey Boo Boo it all becomes very clear to me and my sister starts looking as fine as wine
04:41 PM on 09/06/2012
I can tell you are very educated my friend. You have a superb wit and command of the English language, as well as it grammatical syntax. The liberal left is very lucky to have educated persons such as yourself to aid in their endeavors....
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05:58 PM on 09/06/2012
Thats very kind of you