America has had a growing love affair with all sorts of reality TV shows over the years, but lately there’s been an obsession with children. From Dance Moms to Toddlers & Tiaras, child superstars are cropping up all over the place. Disregarding questions of morality and whether or not these children are being exploited, people often dote over the kids and their skills and cuteness. One superstar, however, has risen to fame for entirely different reasons.
Honey Boo Boo, otherwise known as Alana, made her first appearance on Toddlers & Tiaras, and her family’s whacky behavior earned them their own TV show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Many people balk at the family’s lifestyle, and dismiss it as complete trash. However, there are some reasons that this show isn’t as disgusting as other ones on the market.
The family, especially the mother June, receives a lot of criticism on the Internet for being overweight. While it’s true that no member of the family could be considered supermodel skinny, weight isn’t a big issue in the family. In a day and age where models are getting thinner and female actresses are only interviewed about how they lost weight for a role, the family’s “devil-may-care” attitude towards their appearance is refreshing.
They aren’t caught up in molding themselves into a mainstream standard; they’re content with being themselves. However, in an episode where one of the daughters, nicknamed Pumpkin, wants to lose weight, June supports her, while reiterating the message that all of her children are beautiful, and to be beautiful you just have to have pride in yourself.
June frequently refers to herself as the “coupon queen”. A lot of the episodes feature June couponing and shopping smart at the grocery store. Though the family probably gets a lot of money from the producers for the show, it’s also remarkable that June can budget the large family so well. It shows that her family is well taken care of, and that June is responsible enough to know how to handle money. Plenty of American families can’t say the same, as evidenced by the housing market crash a few years ago.
Teen pregnancy is also a new “fad” hitting the TV markets, with at least two different teen pregnancy shows, such as Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant.
In the first season of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, the oldest daughter is pregnant. June herself was a mother at the age of 17. In the episode where the baby is being born, June asks her daughter if she would recommend teen pregnancy to anyone else. The daughter replies, “Just do what you want”.
Though that may make some shiver in horror, it also shows that the family isn’t judgmental. June is aware of what teenagers get up to, but doesn’t guilt trip her daughter. Instead she makes sure that she’s prepared for the trials of being a mother. Whatever your moral stance is on this subject, it’s undeniable that June has created an environment in their home where her kids feel safe to open up to her.
A Happy Family
Many hurl insults at the family for being rednecks, overweight, unhealthy, and unorthodox. However, they’re ignoring one vital thing. Alana’s family is a happy family, definitely happier than most families featured on other reality TV shows. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’s gimmick isn’t that they’re a redneck family who can’t stand to be in a room together, but that they’re a redneck family that loves and supports one another.
Say what you want about Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, but if you’re into reality TV, this show is definitely worth checking out because of the positivity it promotes. Don’t get caught up in the negative hate, but rather appreciate the family for what they are and for what they aren’t forcing themselves to be.
Donna is a media a social media manager at Edictive and an avid celebrity junky. She loves a good gossip column about her favorite TV and film celebrities.