Santa Claus had better redneckognize! My favorite precocious six-year-old is very excited about this time of year, and she's anxiously awaiting a visit from the jolly, bearded guy in a red suit…and I don't mean Sugar Bear in July!
The breakout reality star may have catapulted to super stardom this year thanks to her hit show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, but Alana Thompson is just a regular girl when it comes to celebrating Christmas, and Mama June has made sure to keep her youngest daughter very grounded. On the heels of being named one of Barbara Walters' Ten Most Fascinating People, Alana is focused on the same thing that all children are excited about this time of year–the holidays!
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!
RosieO'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!"
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.
This is a big deal for me, but I'm going for it. I dare you, and I mean I DARE YOU, to have something negative to say about my one true love Honey Boo Boo and her family. Time and again, I've tried to spout off about how amazing this crew is, yet I don't feel like I've gotten all of y'all on board. Are they sometimes disgusting? Yes. Do they have a weird obsession with cheese balls? Of course. However, beyond those minor faults, this family is extraordinary. Not only do they want to maintain status quo, they want to make sure they are giving back to their community. Ever heard that from a housewife?
Alana Thompson was thrust into the public eye thanks to Toddlers and Tiaras. When her family was catapulted into the limelight with TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, many people had not so nice things to say about Mama June and company and their love of dumpster diving, sketti, and being together. Such a crime. I'm getting up on my soap box to say that I think we could all learn an important lesson from Honey Boo Boo's family. Charity is their middle name, and I, for one, think it's amazing.
Smoochie! You have to love Here Comes Honey Boo Boo! Actually, I know a lot of you don't, but I'll be honest–I just don't get it. While there may be an over abundance of cheese balls and neck rust, there is also an over abundance of love.
If you've been following the the lives of Honey Boo Boo, Mama June, Sugar Bear, Chickadee, Chubbs, and Pumpkin, you are not alone. The family has garnered national attention for doing nothing more than living their own lives by grossing out half the population…and engrossing the other–including comedienne Rosie O'Donnell.
I already love the family from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, but if I hadn't already, I would after learning more about them. They may act like a backwoods sideshow a lot of the time, but the truth is that June and her daughters are much more grounded than many of us would be if we got a taste of reality fame.
After catching America's eye as a then five-year-old Alana downed go-go juice on Toddlers and Tiaras, the family has garnered both fame and criticism for their lack of manners and poor eating habits (sketti, anyone?), as well as their unconventional family outings. In their show's first episode, fifteen-year-old Jessica "Chubs" went bobbing for raw pig's feet, and later in the season the family went dumpster diving while talking about their penchant for eating road kill. It's easy to see how some people could turn up their noses at this family, if it weren't for one small fact.
This family totally loves one another. There is very little drama, and no question about how much mama June loves her four daughters. If you can understand Sugar Bear with his mouth full of dip, you would know he feels the exact same. While their show has been green lighted for a second season, the group still continues to live their regular lives in the tiny county of McIntyre, Georgia. June is doing everything she can to make sure that fame affecting her family is not an option.