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Be careful on the roads, people! Stop texting and driving! Slow down! Use your headlights! For goodness sake, pay some friggin' attention when you're behind the wheel! I shall step off my soapbox now and inform you that on Monday, the Shannon Thompson clan of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo fame, was involved in a terrible car wreck. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured, but it sounds like a scary ordeal!

First reported by TMZ, sources claim that Sugar Bear was driving the family's new Suburban while June, Pumpkin (Lauryn), Chubbs (Jessica), and Honey Boo Boo (Alana) were along for the ride as passengers. Apparently, Sugar Bear was trying to make a left hand turn on a green light when a truck (allegedly speeding and sans headlights) plowed into the family's vehicle. 

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Honey Boo Boo in Manhattan

Say what you will (and I know y'all will say a lot), but people love Alana Thompson, June Shannon, Sugar Bear, and the rest of the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo family.  Of course, you all know that I am one of those people.

Forklift foot, neck rust, and 'sketti aside (I do sometimes have to avert my eyes), this family loves one another. They seem to have accomplished what no other reality stars have been able to do—staying grounded!

And now, we get to see even more of crew because TLC has ordered more episodes.

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Honey Boo Boo in Manhattan

They're baaa–ack!  And no one is more happy about it than this girl.  Y'all know I think the Thompson-Shannons of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo put the "real" back in reality television.  Sure, they are unhealthy, and they may not set the best example in every aspect of their lives, they are certainly much smarter than they get credit for from most viewers.

June Shannon wants to make sure her daughters never feel entitled.  She's often said that this crazy ride can end just as quickly as it started, so she isn't going to change how they once lived.  Now in the second season of the family's hit TLC show, she seems hell bent on continuing that trend, as evidenced on last week's first episode.  

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HERE COMES MAMA JUNE! Wedding celebration of Mama June and Sugar Bear in McIntyre, GA

How did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo yesterday?  Did you enjoy some delicious food and perhaps a margarita or three?  I'll tell you what I didn't do.  I didn't get invited to McIntyre, Georgia to see Mama June Shannon walk down the aisle to an awaiting Sugar Bear, and that makes me terribly sad…but happy for them.  #conflicted

While there is no official word as to whether Alana Thompson's parents actually got married or if it was just a commitment ceremony, the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo family celebrated in a big way…complete with camouflage, barbeque, and hopefully lots of 'sketti.  Not surprisingly, TLC cameras were on hand to capture the exciting event.

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Oh gracious!  Kenya Moore had better redneck-ognize.  The Real Housewives of Atlanta star is not being very Gone With The Wind Fabulous!  In fact, I'd say she's the exact opposite.  The former Miss USA 1993 is bashing on everyone's favorite seven-year-old reality phenomenon.  Remember Kenya, pretty is as pretty does…and jealousy/mean girl remarks aren't very becoming!

Of course, Alana Thompson and Mama June know the old adage, and they live it with their good deeds–even if they get criticized for it.  Not only is Kenya hating on the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo mother/daughter duo, but the the Girl Scouts of America are taking issue with the pair as well.  Do you know who couldn't care less about either one?  That's right.  June and Alana are too busy helping their community to bother with such nonsense.

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As if they weren't enough for 'Merica to handle, Alana Thompson and her family are all set to internationally dominate all things deer statutes, four-wheelers, and forklift foot.  June Shannon, Sugar Bear, and Uncle Poodle are going to have people all over the world talking about the small town of McIntyre, Georgia…heck, the South in general.  Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is going global!  Frightening, huh? 

I am a huge fan of the show–and a proud Southerner–but gracious, this is a lot to digest (and not just because I had 'sketti for dinner.  Kidding–gag!).  On one hand, I'm happy for the family and their successes.  However, I hope that people in other parts of the world don't assume we're all eating pigs feet and going dumpster diving…not that there's anything wrong with those things! 

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Here's a question for you…given the opportunity, would you rather spend a day with the peeps from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, engaging in their small town (and often gross) shenanigans or spend a week with those Kardashian Jenners, traveling to promotional gigs around the world and being treated to overpriced tiny rapper inspired wardrobes?  I'll give you my answer later in this post.

The truth is, both families have their fair share of haters and media backlash, but they couldn't be more different.  One group is constantly looking to increase its visibility and find more lucrative gigs, while the other dynamic happened to feed their five-year-old pixie sticks and enter her in pageants.  Now, I am NOT condoning amping up a child on sugar and go-go juice so she can twirl around stage in a dress that costs more than your monthly income; however, one crew seeks out fame at every turn, and the other is dealing with the effects of having notoriety fall in their laps.  It's not the same, I don't care how you spin it!

So, Kardashians or Shannon-Thompsons?  Let's compare and contrast, shall we?

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Love them or hate them, the Shannon Thompson family has catapulted to international stardom for nothing more than being their normal, everyday selves.  Sure, the majority of people think that their normal, everyday selves are unhealthy and a bit gross, but nonetheless, they truly seem to love and accept one another.

Now the crew from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is facing some sad news, but something tells me the family is going to pull through it even stronger.  Sugar Bear's brother and Alana Thompson's beloved Uncle Poodle, Lee Thompson, has just announced that he is HIV positive.  In an interview Poodle explains that he wants to use his diagnosis as a platform to put an end to bullying. 

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