I just watched the trailer for Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, TLC’s latest non-educational reality show, and I am both angry at myself for wasting precious minutes of my life, and annoyed at TLC for actually approving this mess of a television program.
This show is possibly a step above Flavor of Love or Rock of Love or any other show with “love” in the title, starring a washed-up musician from the ’80s, but not by much. It follows six-year-old Alana, AKA Honey Boo Boo, who first came to the world’s attention during an episode of Toddlers & Tiaras when she spouted off age-inappropriate comments like, “I holla for a dolla.” Yes, we are now giving shows away to children who say bizarre things. My six-year-old nephew called me Dr. Fun Times yesterday; where’s his show?
In the two trailers that have been released, we learn more about Alana’s self-proclaimed “crazy family.” All have nicknames, like dad Sugar Bear and sister Chubbs, and each one has a quirk, according to Alana. Her one sister is the “craziest,” while another one is the “pregnantest.” Yeah, I wasn’t sure how to spell that one, either. It was kind of sweet hearing Alana say that when her teenager sister has the baby, it will be her best friend, but the warm feeling in my heart lasting just a nanosecond.
Other lowlights include Alana’s mom, June, talking about bugs being in her hair, and one sister saying they aren’t rednecks because they “have all their teeth.” This time around, Alana’s catchphrase seems to be, “You better redneck-ignize.” (Spell check is going nuts as I write this post.) If the most exciting stuff makes it into the trailer, I have no clue what else they could possibly show on the actual program.
Is it too much to ask for a show whose initials stand for The Learning Channel to showcase something, oh, I don’t know, educational? I am not one of those people who think America is going down the tubes because of pop culture or anything, but what is the point of a show like this? To embarrass this family? You know most people are going to watch this to point and laugh and talk about how these are stereotypical Southerners. But, for a family where a dolla makes you holla, I guess it doesn’t really matter what people think about you, as long as you get paid.
If you want to watch the trailer, click here. Will you be tuning in? Why or why not?