Did you watch? How could you look away? Honey Boo Boo Child, or Alana Thompson, made her reality star debut with her own show spinoff on TLC. The “Toddlers and Tiaras” personality showed her entire family and home to the world, courtesy of reality TV. Is she a celebrity, or is her show something we should pretend never happened until it’s gone?
Whether you love or hate the idea of Honey Boo Boo, whose show is rightfully titled “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” she is certainly gaining the world’s attention. Her family’s wild antics dubbed as “southern culture” include bobbing for pig feet, belly flopping into mud pits and buying almost expired food at the local auction. When they’re done with all of that, the family goes from hotel to hotel to watch Alana compete in children’s beauty pageants. Quite the contrast from mud pits to beauty queens.
The 6-year-old’s reality premiere included an etiquette class that went expectedly awry, and the delivery of her prized pet teacup pig, Glitzy, a gift intended to make her feel better for losing a pageant. Glitzy came at the suggestion of Alana’s father, Mike, referred to as “Sugar Bear” on the show.
While many viewers consider “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” to be another exploitative reality segment dumbing down viewers everywhere, the show features a lighthearted comedy that’s effortless—because it couldn’t be recreated if anyone tried. Alana’s older sisters, Pumpkin (Lauryn, 12), Chubbs (Jessica, 15), and Chickadee (Anna [who is pregnant], 17) interact with her and their mother June in a manner that could never indicate what will happen next. Alana’s mother told CNN, “My family is crazy and—like, crazy. We’re not boring.”
“Not boring” is an understatement. As of yet, the family seems to seek fun at any expense and enjoy each other’s company, with full support behind Alana’s love of pageantry. It’s only aired once, though, who knows what will happen next?