Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

I know I've said it before, but I love, love, LOVE the Robertson family.  If I didn't think Jase and his wifey were so adorbs, he would totally be my dream guy.  Yes, I'm talking about that little gem on A&E known as Duck Dynasty.  Sure, the situations they get into are definitely scripted, but the love and hilarity is so real.  Duck Dynasty is what reality programming should always be like…it's the same reason I watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Jersey Shore.  They all truly care for one another. 

Yes, they're hairy and silly and don't shower that often, but they are all very intelligent and kind.  Did you know that Phil is a former school teacher who declined the NFL draft while playing first-string quarterback at Louisiana Tech?  The second-string quarterback when Phil played was NFL Hall-of-Famer Terry Bradshaw.  All of his boys went to college, and they all became Duck Masters except for Al who used to be a minister…he's also the only one sans beard.  Okay, okay, I'll stop with the ridiculous Robertson trivia.  I just love them…and now they've given me yet another reason. 

The Robertsons typically live under the radar (minus the whole reality show thing), but now they are using their popularity for the greater good.  I am not at all surprised.  These are good people, y'all, and if you've never watched, I highly encourage you to do so.  It's drama-free fun…and cute burly men!

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As 2012 draws to a close we can reflect on the good times. And by that I mean the good TV! 2012 brought a plethora of new reality shows; some good, some bad, some horribly addicting even if they suck, but we'll tak'em all. 

Below is Reality Tea's list of the most addicting best new reality shows of the year. 

[Photo Credit: TLC]

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Sorry, Adam Levine!  It seems you may be in the minority regarding your thoughts on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.  In fact, Barbara Walters (did you know she's 83?  Wow!) just named Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson as one of her Most Fascinating People of 2012.  That's quite a designation. 

While many people are turned off by the forklift foot, sketti recipe, and dumpster diving, that's just what this family does…it's not who they are.  They are gross, but they truly seem to care about one another while not caring a lick about what anyone else thinks.  I find that totally refreshing.  Remember, different doesn't mean bad.  I've been redeckognizing since the first episode!

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The Voice star Adam Levine had some total d-bag not-so-nice words to say about the Thompson family of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo fame.  In a recent interview with GQ, he slams our favorite redneck family.

"Seriously, Honey Boo Boo is the decay of Western civilization. Just because so many people watch the show doesn't mean it's good.  So many people witness atrocities and can't take their eyes away from them, but that doesn't mean they're good. That show is literally The. Worst. Thing. That's. Ever. Happened."

"It's complete f–king ignorance and the most despicable way to treat your kids. F–k those people.  You can put that in the magazine: F–k those idiots. They're just the worst. Sorry, I'm so sensitive to that — like, I don't know, man, it's upsetting. Just to clarify, I said, 'F–k those people!'"

I don't know about y'all, but there is a part of me that is still mourning the fact that Alana Thompson couldn't keep Glitzy the pig.  However, it warms my heart to know that she's got a new pet to pamper.  What animal wouldn't want to make its home among the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo family?

Now the young pageant princess has a new pet to love on in a way only Smoochie can.  Alana now has a pet chicken that she has affectionately named Nugget. She is so ironic.  Of course, I'm sure you think can of an animal rights group who is going to use this little girl's pet as a platform for its agenda.  Any guesses?

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Rosie O'Donnell recently declared her love for Alana Thompson and her family. I'll admit… I'm one of the few around here who compares Here Comes Honey Boo Boo to a train wreck. It doesn't feel right to watch it, but I cannot look away. I still do not know if the show gives me the warm fuzzies or the heebie jeebies. 

Rosie admitted Here Come Honey Boo Boo took some getting used to. "For the first 10 minutes, I was kinda stunned," Rosie said. "For the second 10 minutes, I was touched. And for the last 10 minutes I thought, this is really revolutionary TV in a way most people won't understand." Rosie was so enamored, she offered to buy the family a new house!

June Shannon finally responded to Rosie's offer. She told Rosie the same thing she told TLC – they love their house, railroad tracks and all. ​After acknowledging Rosie's kindness, June said, "We're not looking for a hand out, but we do want to renovate our house."

"We're in," Rosie told People in response to June's not-so-subtle hint. "Are you kidding me? Of course!"

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Honey Boo Boo hits Hollywood!  Alana Thompson and Mama June Shannon are spending a few days in Los Angeles to do a little promotional work for their show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

Alana and June hit up The Grove yesterday afternoon, where Alana entertained the audience while being interviewed for "Extra".  And then last night, Alana enjoyed some quality kid time playing in the fountains at Hollywood & Highland after her interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo will be airing a few special holiday episodes in 2012 before it returns for another season in 2013.

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I'm going to be totally honest, which seems to be my theme with these Here Comes Honey Boo Boo posts.  Here's the deal, one hundred percent of the time when I'm writing, it's because I love to express my opinions through the written word.  Eighty percent of the time I'm snarking, it's because I find humor in such crass sarcasm, and seventy-five percent of the time I'm watching these shows, I'm watching because I'm deeply enthralled…not just on the level of reality television, but as if I'm a sociologist with the stars, the viewers, the blog commenters, and Andy Cohen all as my study materials.

If I had to create a Venn diagram with each circle encompassing writing, snark, and a genuine affinity for programming (respectively), I can only guarantee that one show would make it to the center of that triad on a consistent basis.  That series is, of course, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.  If you take the viewers, the haters, and the family, you have such a study in socioeconomic groups, family dynamics, gender stereotypes, childhood obesity, charity, pigs as pets…the list is infinite.  Alana Thompson and her family are literally taking pop culture by storm.

I am likely to get skewered as this post continues, but I owe y'all the thanks for my thick skin.  Maybe it's because I'm from the South (and no, I have never seen a family like the Shannon-Thompsons on a regular, non-televised basis), or maybe it's because I spent a lot of time teaching in the public school system where I met my fair share of Alanas who didn't have the support at home, but I look at this family and see something special.  Call me uneducated (you'd be wrong), call me lacking in taste (let's call it a draw), or call me high on a fried chicken binge (I should be so lucky), but I adore this crew.  If you've never watched it because you're disgusted, I can't blame you one second.  I think only my teaching background (there are things with those children you can't un-see!) afforded me the luxury of not gagging during the majority of the season.  However, before you jump to judgment having never viewed anything more than a forklift foot promo commercial, I implore you to read on about Mike "Sugarbear" Thompson's (you know, Alana's dad with the dip and constant subtitles) homosexual younger brother.  Without further ado, I present to you a Poodle retrospective.   

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