Let’s Discuss Honey Boo Boo

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“The reason the show is like crack, is because it gives a complete insight into an entirely different world and one that we as city-dwellers have never lived in,” says Jaclyn Hummel, a Boo Boo superfan who works in entertainment advertising.  “I am city-born and -raised,” adds the Soho resident, “so this just gives me a new understanding of what the world outside city borders is like. And [Alana’s] mother is just as much of a train wreck as her daughter.” (Source: TLC)

This is what cracks me up about so-called city dwellers and educated people.  Do they really think that Honey Boo Boo or other Boo Boos don’t live in their neighborhood?  Do they seriously believe that they are the exception and correctly from the proverbial “right side of the tracks”?  I think this is a higher form of ignorance and what I term superiority ignorance.  Mrs. Hummel, I know educated people from the city who are a ‘complete train wreck’.

All of this brings me to the discussion of Honey Boo Boo.   I like her spunk or tenacity or complete innocence or naivete …can’t decide which or a combination of some and maybe even all.  I didn’t like her endorsement of “Marack Obama”, but that’s another discussion at another time.    To see what’s going on in the world I watch the two perspectives of news by switching from FOX to CNN so I found her while watching Huckabee on FOX.   There was a clip comparing Obama’s southern dialect of convenience and Honey Boo Boo’s true Georgia dialect.   Obama was asking a crowd in New Orleans, “Where’s ya dolla?”  and Honey Boo Boo slanged her southern dialect with, “A dolla makes me holla, Honey Boo Boo.”   Huckabee got it correct,  Honey Boo Boo is clearly the winner in the sincerity of her southern slang.

She is who she is and could care less that her shirt and hands are absolutely filthy.  I wonder is she a Anna Nicole Smith in the making or will she wake up one day and realize sketti should be spaghetti and ketchup and butter does not make a worthy sauce for pasta?   I admire her for getting on a pageant stage with no hang ups, no idea that she doesn’t fit the standard prescription for beauty and she loves it.  She even had Miss Georgia laughing at her flatulence (that’s farting if you come from the wrong side of the tracks).  I  like her mother, June, for her blatant honesty.  I hope she isn’t truly ignorant and is putting money from the show away for the future.   Mostly, I hope that Honey Boo Boo is protected and she is allowed to be a child with certain parameters to prepare her for the future including a solid education.
The other side of this discussion would say, “what are we coming to here in America?”  So many things are wrong with this situation, to name a few:  pageants cost a lot of money and attract lower income mothers,  exploitation of  little girls,  teen pregnancy,  obesity..all here in one episode.  Are our standards so low that we find this entertaining?
Maybe I just like saying Honey Boo Boo and I am over analyzing the situation.  I’ve only seen one episode.
See ya later, Honey Boo Boo!
The Irish Lady
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