Yesterday, I spent an hour on the couch reading through some magazines I’ve had piling up. My 12-year old daughter was watching the show “Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo”– a show I had heard of but never actually watched.
I knew the premise of the show– Honey Boo Boo is a little girl involved in the childrens’ pageant circuit. Somehow the TLC network decided to give this girl and her family their own show.
After listening to the show for a few minutes, and eventually settting my magazine down and watching this train-wreck of a show– I find myself apalled.
Not just apalled at the content of this show, but apalled at the network for even thinking this show would be a good idea to air.
If you haven’t had the chance to see this show, (consider yourself lucky)– I’ll break it down for you:
WHITE. REDNECK. TRASH.
As I said before, Honey Boo-Boo is a young girl involved in pageants– you know, the fake hair, fake teeth, glitzy clothes… *YUCK* it seriously makes my stomach turn that these pageants even exist.
In the two episodes of the show I sat and watched (I can’t believe I’m even admitting that) I witnessed a family that lives in a dumpy run-down home. Mom (June) and her boyfriend of 8 years (named “Sugar Bear”) have four girls. Honey Boo-Boo is actually Sugar Bear’s biological daughter, but the other three girls (teenagers) all have “baby daddies” that aren’t in the picture.
Also not in the picture is the 17-year old daughter’s baby daddy– yup, one of the daughters is pregnant and she’s keeping that baby. Much like mother June did when she became pregnant at age 15.
So again, all I watched was 60 minutes. But I saw the mom and dad buy Honey Boo-Boo a teacup pig because they wanted her to feel better about not winning a pageant. At one point in the show, they have the pig sitting on the kitchen table and the darn thing poops on the table.
The mother treats her children horribly. She uses profanity constantly, calls them fat– and her daughters are all growing up to be as rude and obnoxious as she is. The daughter are rude, don’t take care of themselves and have no sense of pride in themselves. They went up to their mom and talked to her about trying to use some product to get rid of her “neck crust.” Then the cameraman showed a picture of Miss June’s said “neck crust” which obviously is from not cleaning very well when she ever decides to bathe.
Another particular thing that made my jaw drop was when the 17 year old daughter was getting an ultrasound. The ultrasound tech made some comment about her “abdomen” and the girl just nodded, and then a minute later said “Wait, what’s an abdomen?”
Yes, this girl is going to be a mama.
Why is anyone paying these people to portray everything we DON’T want to see in a loving family? Everything WRONG is showing up in this television show. I found myself commenting every couple minutes “That’s disgusting” or “What the–?” Sadly, it’s considered entertainment and people tune in regularly to watch this dysfunction.
I think I was more disappointed in myself, because I sat there and subjected myself to that crap. Those are 60 minutes of my life I will never get back.