Maybe not everyone on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is the redneck we thought they were.
In case you don’t already know, the TLC reality show is netting some huge ratings thanks to the antics of chubby, precocious rural beauty queen contestant, Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo Child’, and her loving redneck family ‘Mama’ June, dad Mike ‘Sugar Bear’, and sisters Chickadee, Pumpkin, and Chubbette.
The show is pretty much every hillbilly stereotype thrown in your face for half and hour and I’m still unable to get through the show while eating.
It would all be really sad and exploitative, if the family wasn’t so proud of their eccentricities.
Let’s run down the hick list:
Mama June has a deformed foot caused by a forklift accident.
The eldest teenage daughter is pregnant at the start of the season, then gives birth to a baby with three thumbs.
Spaghetti – or ‘sketti’ as the family calls it, is noodles, butter and ketchup.
The family likes to attend the Redneck Games, which feature armpit noise contests.
The TLC channel often uses subtitles when the family talks. Their thick, mumbly southern accent are usually incomprehensible.
So I was surprised to find this clip of Mama and Honey Boo Boo on Jimmy Kimmel Live from last night. In it, the seven-year-old is as hyper and hammy as ever, but Mama seems calm, sweet, smart, fiscally responsible, savvy, charitable – and hey – I can understand her without subtitles!
Mama, we hardly know you. You’re kind of…normal.