It's kind of weird that a 7-year-old is the butt of every joke in America right now.
Alana, or Honey Boo Boo, as she is also known, is a vibrant, quirky, loudmouthed elementary schooler who, thanks to her big personality on TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras, ended up as an internet meme and landed her family a TV show. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is a Kardashian-type program with very un-Kardashian-like stars. It's full of a ton of sass and enough potty humor to please the foulest Brit. And though, sure, it lets us peep into the lives of a rural Georgian family, it also gives us the delight of experiencing Honey Boo Boo herself.
Alana is like a drag queen reincarnated into a cherubic Southern child. She offers fantastically web-friendly one-liners and pretty accurate commentary on the affairs that surround her without any judgment.
In one scene, they introduce the little wannabe beauty queen to the stunning and composed Miss Georgia. Honey Boo Boo passes gas at the table to the horror of her host. Later, they tape Alana saying: "Miss Georgia 2011. She is very pretty. And I don't think she farts." She doesn't deliver the line nastily, rather neutrally. Though Miss Georgia spends the episode snarling and cringing at the little girl (it's edited, of course), Honey Boo Boo don't let it bother her none.
She and her mom embody a preternatural confidence rare in women. People might find this surprising since they're both overweight, a "problem" that keeps many a girl up at night. Her sisters seem less pleased to be on the show. The middle two are goofy but mired in adolescent discontent. The oldest, 17-year-old new mom Anna "Chickadee," who apparently wasn't raised only by her mom (who had her at 15), looks miserable about 100 percent of the time but is the most traditionally attractive and the thinnest.
They're not your typical "American family" except that they eat shitty food and have babies too young, and a stepdad of sorts. They don't give a shit what you really think about them. Just the thing that attracts us to the Kardashians, the candid big vibes of snide-talking females, is present in Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.