We love to laugh at people here in the United States. (Elsewhere, too, I’m sure.) We love to find the funny in the way people look or act or smell or talk and we’re not above spending a whole bunch of money to share the laugh with other people.
Enter Honey Boo Boo. This kid’s hilarious and so is her family. America loves this show because the family is fat (ha!) and poor (ha ha!) and working class (ha ha ha!) Have you ever known anything to be funnier than people who are in tough situations and look weird? I haven’t! Hahahahaha!
This is why TLC put these people on the air. They spotted Alana (“Honey Boo Boo”) at a kiddie pageant (a post for another time) and they saw how people responded to the fat little kid who makes her belly talk and her fat mama who is unapologetic about her loud mouth. You have to know that the execs at TLC were thinking, “Who doesn’t love a freak show? Put that shit on the air! Stat!”
They’re not wrong. The show is crazy popular. People just eat it up. And you know what? It’s totally one of my favorites, too. But I love it for all the wrong reasons (at least according to TLC.) I don’t love it because it’s like watching an accident you can’t look away from. I don’t love it because “Sugar Bear” has a total of four teeth and a weird accent. I love it because they just don’t give a fuck.
Honey Boo Boo don’t play.
If you watch the show, you will see a whole lot of farting and couponing and lowbrow humor. You will see them blindfold one another and breathe into one another’s faces, playing a rousing game of “whose bad breath am I smelling?” You will see June (aka “Mama”) make kissy faces and give the camera a “come hither” look when she talks about how “smexy” she is and you will see captions at the bottom to make sure the viewers are catching the poor grammar and uneducated misspeaks. This is why I love this show. Because they are a regular family living in the middle of Regularsville, USA going about their regular life. Loving life, loving each other, and laughing all the way to the bank. June doesn’t care if you’re laughing at her crooked teeth or frizzy hair or “forklift toe.” She is unapologetically who she is and I have to tell you, I see more love and acceptance among the members of that family than I do in any other family on television – real or fictionalized.
This is what we should be looking at and loving when we watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Take a good close look at the show when it comes back from hiatus. (July 17!) Try to smile the way I do when I see pictures like this pop up on social media, knowing that the duckface on Mama is all about her fierceness. This show is revolutionary. These people are revolutionary. They – gasp! – don’t hate themselves! That’s the real story here.