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Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

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Beauty pageant spin-off is comical and crass.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Mixed messages here around beauty and appropriate behavior. The family revels in its unsophistication but is also on display to be laughed at. Lots of stereotypical references to rednecks.

Positive role models

The family is close and supportive of each other. June is a bit of a stage mother. She is unconventional and unsophisticated, but she supports all her children and sets boundaries. One family member is a pregnant teen.

Violence

Images of dead armadillos on the road.

Sex

Comical references to being sexy. Lots of butt cracks and bare stomachs are visible. Occasional images of people dancing lewdly (with clothes on). Words like "biscuit" are used to describe female genitals.

Language

Words like "s--t" and "f--k" are bleeped. Crude bathroom humor is frequent.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Beer drinking at festivals and other activities.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is a spin-off of Toddlers & Tiaras, and focuses on a child pageant star's unsophisticated family with lots of stereotypical references to "rednecks." It also contains some bleeped cursing ("s--t," f--k") and lots of bathroom humor. There are comical references to being sexy, and a few images of lewd dancing and people drinking beer. The show was pulled off the air after several seasons due to allegations that Mama June was dating a sex offender.

What's the story?

HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO, a Toddlers & Tiaras reality spin-off, features the colorful Thompson family as they enjoy summer life in Southern Georgia while working hard to help the youngest daughter's efforts to become a successful beauty queen. It features 6-year-old Alana Thompson, a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo Child, whose amusing but unpolished performances has led to a string of losses on the pageant circuit. But there to support her and help her be successful is June "Mama" Thompson, her dad "Sugar Bear," and her teenage sisters, Anna "Chickadee," Jessica "Chubbs," and 12-year old Lauryn "Pumpkin." From mud belly flopping in the Redneck Games to perfecting arm pit noises, this clan creates their own brand of fun. But in the end, they are proud of who they are and are always there for each other.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The series highlights the day-to-day lives of a family who has made a name for themselves by being confident in who they are, despite the fact that who they are doesn't usually reflect the standards of the people who participate in beauty pageants. But one has to wonder what drives June's stage mom-like presence, as well as what motivates them to encourage their youngest daughter to participate in something that expects her to behave differently than who she is.

Some folks may not appreciate the endless bathroom jokes and other behaviors, many of which are stereotypically characterized as being "redneck." Others may be troubled by June's insistence on putting her daughter in pageants despite the fact that she does not have the same competitive edge as the other little girls. And there is the problematic issue of watching people's outrageous behavior in order to make fun of them -- not a great message for kids. But for a guilty pleasure, there is definitely entertainment here.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about stereotypes. Why do people use stereotypical terms to define themselves? What are some ways the media perpetuate stereotypes? What can we do to diffuse them

  • Why do you think the Thompson family agreed to appear on a reality show? Is it fame? To promote Alana's pageant career? Money? Do you think they behave the way they do on camera in real life?

TV details

Cast:Alana Thompson, Anna Thompson, June Thompson
Network:TLC
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Educator and Parent of a 6 and 11 year old Written byconnielove93 August 13, 2012

Disgusting TV garbage

WOW, CSM. How could this get 3 stars??? This show is TV trash for anyone!! There is no excuse for letting your child watch this. There are more educational and entertaining things on BET, and that's saying something -_- The family makes being overweight, unhealthy, and impolite seem like they're "embracing their flaws" when really its promoting this nasty behavior. Seriously, if I had 20 $ for every "chin" in this series I'd be a millionaire....
Parent of a 3, 9, and 11 year old Written byhomeofplay February 13, 2014

Terrible!

Honestly, I have never seen this show, but what I have heard tells me enough. The mom likes swearing in front of her SIX year old! The children aren't healthy and the seventeen year old is pregnant! The children swear and eat cheeseballs off the floor! There are many stereotypical references. I'm a mom of three girls: ages eleven, newly nine, and three + I would never ever let them watch this garbage! Too much bathroom humor and the intro involves passing gas! The children are so highly badly behaved! Doesn't this mother care about her children? Honey Boo Boo is an uneducated and bratty kid. Her mother should be ashamed of herself. Let's not forget the mom shoving beauty pageants in her daughter's face! AND....shoving energy drinks down her throat! Toddlers and Tiaras was bad enough, girls crying because they thought that they weren't "pretty enough so that they didn't win". Now we have THIS? Come on, media. The dad picks his nose and wipes it on the couch! The twelve year old picks her nose and eats it! They covered the baby's face in pumpkin seeds! The mom was arrested for child abuse! She still has children because....?
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Parent of a 2, 4, 8, 10, 14, 14, 14, and 17 year old Written byparentof7 March 1, 2015

this show is horrible

cant let my kids watch this trash on tv

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