If you watch "Toddlers & Tiaras," you are familiar with Alana - aka Honey Boo Boo. Though she didn't earn a big crown, Honey Boo Boo took the pageant world by surprise with her go-go juice, attitude, and tummy tapping. Honey Boo Boo garnered enough interest from her appearance on "Toddlers & Tiaras" to earn her a guest spot on Anderson Cooper's show, "Anderson," shortly after. Then it was on to the big time - TLC granted Honey Boo Boo her own show featuring her entire family, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."
"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" has received a lot of attention since it began airing in 30-minute episodes just a few week weeks ago. Though ratings have been high, there has also been a lot of criticism. There have been assertions of bad parenting and exploitation. But that is just not the case. Here are three reasons why there is nothing wrong with "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo":
Honey Boo Boo is a breath of fresh air compared to many pageant girlsMost of the moms on "Toddlers & Tiaras" try to push their daughters into a mold of a miniature Barbie doll. They want them to be perfect and yell, poke, and prod them into submission. Countless girls have shed tears pre-pageant, exclaiming that they hate pageants. We have seen mothers put their daughters in outrageous costumes for little girls including that of a prostitute from the movie "Pretty Woman," donning cones on the chest to portray Madonna, and padded breasts and buttocks in order to emulate Dolly Parton.
Honey Boo Boo is none of that. Sure, she wears the sparkly dress and make-up, but she lets her personality shine through, and her mother June doesn't push her to do things she doesn't want to do. Though she doesn't fit into the perfect little pageant package that the other girls try to squish themselves into, she has fun with the experience.
Many of the moms on "Toddlers & Tiaras" have mentioned in the course of the series that their daughters' are stars, worthy of fame and their own TV shows. How can anyone help but find it refreshing that the breakout star with her own show isn't a pint-sized porcelain doll, but rather the outspoken, outrageous, rough and tumble "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."
"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" is a family that has fun togetherUnfortunately there are a lot of kids these days that are starving for attention from their parents. They come home to an empty house, heat up their own dinner, and eventually find themselves getting into trouble as they cry for someone to notice them.
This is not the case on "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." This is a family with two parents and three daughters that clearly not only have a lot of love for one another, but also enjoy spending time together. They crack jokes, participate in activities together including the Redneck Games and a homemade slip and slide, and make homemade gifts like painting the letters in the name "Katelyn" for Honey Boo Boo's sister Anna's new baby. They are even trying to lose a bit of weight together.
This is a family that may not have a lot, but they do have each other.
It takes all kindsThis world would be a pretty boring place if everyone wore the latest fashions, had perfect etiquette, and looked like supermodels.
Is the family featured on "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" flawed? There is no doubt about it. They fart, have poor grammar, and the 17-year-old daughter is pregnant. But is any family perfect?
You may not want your kids to grow up and marry into the Honey Boo Boo clan, but it takes all kinds to make the world go 'round. This is a family in rural Georgia for whom it seems education and class aren't a big priority. But if we all had masters degrees, who would fix your car when it breaks down?
Alana, mother June, and the rest of the family on "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" know exactly who they are and ask we "redneck-ognize" that. Are they being exploited? No more so than those on any one of the boatload of other reality television shows that fill TV screens every night.
"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" portrays a unique American family, dancing in the spotlight that has been cast upon them, and reaping rewards that may someday allow them a better life financially. They already have a lot of fun and a lot of love -- anything else is just barbeque sauce for their roadkill deer, Darlene.