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Tonight Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is ready to wrap up its first season, going down as one of the most successful reality shows on TLC. People across the country are enjoying the feelings of superiority they experience as they watch 6-year-old Alana Thompson (Honey Boo Boo), her mom June Shannon, and the rest of the family four wheel through mud, buy junk food at an auction and visit the local department store (AKA dump.)
As strange as it sounds, I’ll miss peeking inside their world every Wednesday night. Not just because they’re oddly entertaining but because I’ve worked up a little admiration for June.
As matriarch of the family, June is the mother of four who give birth to her first child at age 15 and became a grandmother at age 32. While the math alone might make you question her parenting skills, there is something about June that I like.
June’s gone on record saying she doesn’t care what people think of her and her family. Her mantra: "I ain't the most beautimos out the box, but a little paint on this barn, shine it back to its original condition. Cause it shines up like it's brand new."
As an admitted people-pleaser and a woman who’s lived most of her life “inside the box,” I think her devil-may-care attitude is pretty cool. I’m envious of the way she doesn’t give a crap about what others think of her and how she seems comfortable in her skin. Did you see the episode where she coached Alana during a pageant by standing in the crowd yelling “Smoochie! Smoochie!” Call me crazy, but I wish I could do that.
That’s because I’m the girl who stutters when she has to speak in front of the group at the book club meeting. I’m also completely, totally shy -- a trait that’s often mistaken for snobbiness. I always try to behave in a manner that is socially acceptable and sometimes I get scared that someone I just met won’t like me unless I totally kiss their ass. A lot of the time I want to bust out of my shell, grow a strong sense of self-worth and take on a “who cares” attitude like June. The thing is, I don’t know how. Yet.
Of course there are some things June does that I can never embrace. Like farting at the dinner table. June has no problem with farting. She does it during the opening credits, and then laughs. Farting is not that funny. Same with burping. And just so you know, regardless of what the Thompson family thinks, farting 12 to 15 times a day won’t make you thinner.
I’m also not a fan of the way she allows her daughters to act like wild, hissing animals and then excuses their behavior by saying they can’t be well-behaved all the time. (Actually she says they can’t be “etiquettely all the time”…same diff.)
But gross behavior aside, I kind of like June. Much of the criticism she gets comes from people who assume she’s a stupid Georgia redneck. I beg to differ. June is obviously a savvy woman who has parlayed her families bizarre behavior into a successful reality show.
June knows she’s allowing her daughters to behave inappropriately and you've got to wonder just how much of that inappropriate behavior is real and how much of it is manufactured for reality TV. Either way, they’re building up a nice, fat bank account by not caring about what we think. Rumor is next season they'll be paid $10,000 per episode. Hell, for that amount of money, I probably wouldn't care what anyone thought of me either.
What do you think of June and her parenting skills? Do you think she really doesn’t care what we think or that the family’s eccentric behavior is exaggerated for television?