Over the long holiday weekend I happened to catch an episode (or maybe two) of the TLC series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Maybe you’ve heard about this controversial new show that features one of the breakout stars from Toddlers & Tiaras (which I’m happy to say I’ve never watched, or at least not an entire episode).
Starring 6-year-old Alana (nicknamed Honey Boo Boo), the reality show chronicles the family’s prepping for these scary child beauty pageants, along with the day-to-day activities of Mama June, Sugar Bear (the dad) and their other three daughters in McIntyre, Georgia (including a 17-year-old who is pregnant). Let’s just say, it’s all rather horrifying. But the show is a big hit. It’s TLC’s top-rated show — more popular than the hoarding show (which is similarly hard to watch, yet hard to look away when it’s on). Here Comes Honey Boo Boo even beat the Republican National Convention in ratings.
At some point, awful is just awful instead of entertaining. And isn’t it about time TLC was held accountable for making the world a worse place?
There are lots of things that make this show awful (even if it’s hard not to be a rubber-necker and watch in horror). But what really horrified me the most is how they eat and the way they talk to each other about their weight (one daughter is nicknamed Chubbs). Mama June is a self-described “coupon queen,” but she spends her money on junk. They went to an auction to save money on food (so they could buy the $1,000+ pageant dresses for Honey Boo Boo), but they came home with cookies and chips (but such a good deal!). One episode had them talking about going on a “diet,” but it seemed to mean just taking away the cheeseballs (that one daughter was eating off the floor). There are lots of packaged, processed foods lined up on shelves, but I never saw anything that resembled a vegetable. Nothing fresh. Not sure if they ever cook.
The mom is passing on her poor eating habits to her kids and it’s really tragic. But what’s extremely sad to me is what the mom gives Honey Boo Boo before she performs in her pageants– it’s her “go-go juice” that’s a mixture of Red Bull and Mountain Dew. Here’s the result of this go-go juice, and it’s just a crime…
Have you seen Here Comes Honey Boo Boo? Or will you admit it? There are lots of issues with the show — and the behaviors of this family (even if they do have a lot of fun and the show makes you laugh). But it’s the nutrition behaviors that I find so disturbing. How about you?