Honey Boo Boo’s family was investigated and cleared by Child Protective Services


Honey Boo Boo’s mom’s mugshot from an unrelated arrest, details below

You know how everyone is always saying that the “Toddlers & Tiaras” moms need to be investigated for child neglect for all the spray tans, teeth bleaching, and overt sexualization they subject their daughters to? Well it happened to at least one family. “Honey Boo Boo,” the six year-old star of a new spin-off on TLC that some have deemed exploitative, had her home life evaluated by social workers. Her case was about to go to trial when her family’s court-appointed lawyer was successful in getting it dismissed. So they probably didn’t find anything beyond what we saw on the show.

This article contains a spoiler for Honey Boo Boo. Skip over the rest of this story if you’d prefer to be surprised by this development:

“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” premiered to huge ratings on Aug. 8. The show follows the lives of the Thomp­son family from rural McIntyre, Ga., including TLC’s new runaway star, Alana, aka “Honey Boo Boo.” The network decided to give the unforgettable little girl her own series after videos of her appearances on the cable network’s “Toddlers & Tiaras” went viral earlier this year.

BUT production of the show nearly came to a screeching halt shortly after filming began in March when investigators from Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Ser­vices made an unannounced visit to the family’s home.

“Honey Boo Boo’s upbringing raised eyebrows with neighbors,” a source told The ENQUIRER.

“The parents feed her energy drinks, cheese puffs for breakfast and brag about how they cook roadkill for meals. She even eats roadkill with flies swarming around her head!”

But the authorities didn’t get in­volved until a videotape of Honey Boo Boo dancing for dollars on a ta­ble in a bar was posted online.

In the scene, which was not filmed by TLC, mom June defended her daugh­ter’s actions by explaining that it was a college bar, not a “sleazy” one.

Investigators found reason to bring the case to court, but June’s court-appointed at­torney was able to convince the judge to throw it out, and film­ing resumed in May.

The first episode of the show – which showcases a whole lot of belly-slapping and gas-passing – drew an impressive 2.2 million viewers, but it also received a con­siderable amount of criticism.

And that criticism is bound to increase later in the season after Alana’s 17-year-old sister Anna, aka “Chickadee,” gives birth to a baby girl with two right thumbs – and grandma June makes fun of the defect!

[From The National Enquirer]

I was ready to report this story as a predictable one until I got to that end part. Honey Boo Boo’s 17 year-old sister has a baby with two right thumbs, which her family then makes fun of. Of course they do, and of course they put it all on tee-vee. That poor baby and her mom, who likely had no say in the matter.

As for the CPS investigation, it’s what you would expect. They can’t mandate that people not give their kids Mountain Dew mixed with Red Bull, not let them dance on tables, and not teach them witty phrases that hookers would say. As long as the kids aren’t in grave danger, there’s nothing they can do. Pimping them out in pageants and on a reality show doesn’t qualify.

Meanwhile, Starcasm found that Honey Boo Boo’s mom, June Shannon, has an arrest record in Georgia, most likely from missed child support payments. It’s thought that her oldest daughter, the one who is pregnant on the show, might have a different father than the man June is currently married to. Which is good news, because it means it wasn’t statutory rape when she conceived the girl at 15. You can read about it at Starcasm. [Via Crushable]

This is a TLC promo pic. Again, I didn’t just pick the worst one

 

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    • Polk8dot says:

      The oldest daughter is 17, and was conceived at 15. So that would make the monstrosity mother 32 years old???
      Bwahahahahahahahh! LMAO!!!!!

      I can’t stand this kid. She is vile, obnoxious, spoiled rotten, entitled, and self-centered to unheard of levels, not to mention dumb, uninterested in education, reading and broadening your horizons, and with a raging superiority complex. Too bad she has actually no redeeming qualities, no virtues or values that would make her a bit more palatable or sympathetic. And she posesses and represents nothing that would justify her (and her familiy’s) self-importance and vapid narcissism.
      What else could be said about the mother that has not aleady been said about the kid? Only that she is the one responsible for destroying a little soul, closing off a little mind to any life experiences that are not related to TV fame and money. She is soooooo f-ing disgusting, I get a physical, visceral reaction: whenever I see or hear her it makes me wanna vomit!
      TLC – can’t even tell you what I think of them letting this criminal negligence continue. But the ‘mother’ should be punished for pimping out her kid and for destroying any chances she might have had at a normal, happy adulthood. This ride they’re on is a one way train to loserville, addiction, teen pregnancy, welfare, multiple divorce and repeating child abuse in next generation.

    • Amanda says:

      You people must have nothing better to do than put others down. This show is awesome. Honey Boo Boo is so cute and sweet. She loves her family and is always doing something to show how much she loves them. If you can’t see that then turn the tv or maybe go back to your stuck up lives.

    • Amanda says:

      You people must have nothing better to do than put others down. This show is awesome. Honey Boo Boo is so cute and sweet. If you can’t see that then turn the tv or maybe go back to your stuck up lives.

    • Amanda says:

      You people must have nothing better to do than put others down. Honey Boo Boo is so cute and sweet. If you can’t see that then turn the tv or maybe go back to your stuck up lives.

    • Amanda says:

      Honey Boo Boo is so cute and sweet. If you can’t see that then turn the tv or maybe go back to your stuck up lives.

    • Anonymous says:

      She is so cute and sweet. If you can’t see that then turn the tv or maybe go back to your stuck up lives.

  1. SmokeyBlues says:

    Honey Boo Boo what will become of youuuu?!?!?!
    I am ashamed of how much I want to watch this show. I need to find a way to get it online…

  2. Sandy says:

    Its astonishing how much Honey resembles her mother.

  3. Jennifer12 says:

    This family is sick and living off a little girl. What will they do when she’s older and acting like a hooker and she isn’t cute so they can’t make money? WTF is the matter with TLC? Are ratings so important that they’ll constantly ride the line of child neglect and abuse?

    • Nan209 says:

      I’m so disgusted with TLC (remember when it used to stand for The Learning Channel). This backward family may not know any better but the execs do know better.

      • autumndaze says:

        Truly. My cable is stuck on the golf channel. I am contemplating getting rid of it all together.

        This downswing in quality/ethical television is all about greed. Producers don’t have to pay actors or screenwriters on these reality sh*tstorm shows.

      • Jennifer12 says:

        I can’t even laugh. These people are disgusting, neglectful, abusive and complete nightmares of gene pools, to quote Berke Breathed. Watching that little girl prostitute herself to get money for her family and do things she thinks are adorable is hideous. I really want to let TLC know that their choices of programming is bordering on aiding child abusers. Didn’t they also have the Gosselin show?

      • Mela says:

        oh my LORD since when is being in beauty pageants equal to prosituting?!?!? seriously?! I modeled swimsuits and other skimpy outfits as a teenage model…heaven knows what you think of that! I turned out just fine btw!! in fact, I was poised beyond my years as a teenager from modeling! I’m sure pageants do the same for the girls

      • Marie Antoinette Jr. says:

        Good for you Mela. There’s nothing shameful about making a living. And that’s what this family is doing. I think if all the negative nellies on here knew what honey boo boo et. al. make for being “prostitutes” on TLC they might all change their tunes.
        And I’m sure you made A HELL of lot more as a model as the rest of us did at our crappy pizza parlor jobs!

      • Trillion says:

        So, what you’re saying, Marie Antoinette, is that the ends (money) justify the means? And that the greater the amount of money, the more justified it is?

    • Layale says:

      Anyone else see her grown-up as another Anna Nicole Smith? Provided she makes it that far.

    • Jennifer12 says:

      No, Mela, pageants aren’t prostitution. However, having your six year old dance on bars for dollars kind of is.

      • Marie Antoinette Jr. says:

        Prostitution involves having sex with someone for money. It’s not even CLOSE to dancing on a bar for money.
        Jeez…what’s with all the prudes when it comes to this family?
        All they are is uneducated and crass and making a buck off it–which means you can’t even call them stupid!

      • Jennifer12 says:

        They’re not just uneducated and crass. Having your six year old child dance in bars to get you money makes you a selfish piece of crap living off a first grader. I guess if you want to argue it, it’s not prostitution in the technical sense. Watching the show, you see her eating roadkill, dancing for dollars in bars, jogging to be more attractive in pageants in bikinis, and being in pageants, but there’s no mention of, I don’t know, SCHOOL. But whatever- all the prudes pointing out you don’t feed children Red Bull (to get their energy up) or that kids should go to school or that putting a little kid up on bars to perform for cash must be wrong. I’m sure it’s a great idea to feed her food scraped off the street even though she’s dancing for money for them. They must be sending that money to charity.

  4. Devon says:

    Not gonna lie, I’ve watched 3 episodes and I love it in a sick and demented way. These poor girls have a terrible role model in their mother but the family does seem to love each other. They are definitely not the most classy family but there are a lot of people who are a lot worse.

    • Ari says:

      I totally agree. I mean of course its just odd having such a hillbilly family on a reality show anyway but you can see they all love each other. I actually think Honey is probably the smartest one out of them all – her personality is off the charts and the things that come out of her mouth sometimes amazes me. I think that if the kids are happy then there really isn’t anything left to say.

    • Bodhi says:

      Ditto. They are gross as all get out, but they are all very close & really do seem to care for each other.

    • jwoolman says:

      I haven’t seen the show but looked at the promo clip that everybody was snarking about. I hate pageants but I honestly didn’t anything so awful about them. I had no trouble understanding the accent and so could tell they weren’t stupid. They were just goofing off for the cameras, as people do these days. They seemed to just be a family that liked hanging out with each other and that did a lot more stuff together than mine ever did… Nicer than the Kardashians at least. I think people here are especially reacting to 1) the accent they don’t know well enough and 2) the mom’s weight. Loads of class prejudice kicking in, I think.

      Being overweight doesn’t mean you’re stupid or lazy, by the way. And feeding your kid junk food is the American Way. Check out the kid-oriented breakfast cereal aisle and then wander over to the snack aisle, with all the junk conveniently packaged for lunch boxes and of course discounted for back-to-school sales. Notice what is packed in Lunchables and the like- most of the calories come from sugar, you might as well save a lot of money and just pour the granulated sugar into a baggie and send that along with your kiddie for lunch. Really, probably the only thing that saves the average American kid’s diet enough to allow normal growth is the fast food from MacDonalds and pizza they get for dinner…. plus a lot of peanut butter sandwiches.

      • oh dear says:

        the weight thing in this family is probably also connected to the mother’s addiction to couponing lol i watch extreme couponing a lot and ive noticed that people on that show tend to buy a lot of processed food/sweets/sugary drinks and most of them are overweight.

        i might be wrong here (im not from the US) but i dont recall seeing coupons for fruit or veggies? its a shame.

      • malathyonxx says:

        I am so tired of hearing people say if you’re fat it doesn’t mean you’re stupid and lazy. Yes, it does. I’m saying it. Fat people are stupid and lazy. Get up and move. Put the fork down. Get up and move. Why are you fat? Because you are taking in more calories than you are using. It’s as simple as that. GGrrr. Hate me all you want for saying it, but it is a fact. Fat people are stupid and lazy.

      • Dena says:

        @malathyonxx

        So, then . . . people who are anorexic are geniuses?

        Please. Give the fat = lazy, dumb slob business a break.

      • malathyonxx says:

        @Dena

        Did you even read my post? How in the world did you come up with me saying anorexic people are geniuses? Fat people are fat because they take in more calories than they use. When fat people do not burn the excess calories they will continue to be fat. People who continue to take in more calories than they use = fat. Fat people are stupid and lazy. There are fat people that are intellectual geniuses, but they are lazy. Would you feel better if I had said 99% of fat people are stupid and lazy?

      • Greenandgray says:

        @ malathyonxx
        Hi can I tell you a story? A few years ago I was suicidal, a cutter and anorexic. I weighed 85 pounds. Then after years of struggling with severe depression and anxiety, my doctors finally found medications which worked and enabled me to live a relatively normal life. But guess what? The side effects from the medication made me gain a huge amount of weight. I exercise and eat healthily. I probably eat way less food than you. But I’m still fat. The meds saved my life, but they made me fat. So, am I stupid and lazy?

      • malathyonxx says:

        @Greenandgray
        Since you had to tell me your story. Pills do not make you fat. There is not 1 calorie in your pills. Your pills have a side effect which make you not want to exercise which in turn make you lazy. Caloric intake and not burning calories off is the only way to gain weight. So yes I am calling you fat, stupid and lazy. And your excuses BS. If pills made people fat then all those poor starving people in 3rd world countries would be given “fat” pills instead of emergency food rations. It is a simple truth. Too many calories = fat. I’m real sorry that I’ve upset you with the truth. It sounds like you’ve been through Hell and you are on your way to recovery. Good luck on losing your weight, because it sounds like you’re going to need it.

      • Greenandgray says:

        Goodness, aren’t you smart! You’re right- pIlls don’t have calories. But they do have side effects, Like ruining your metabolism. I know I’m “stupid and lazy”, but I am smart enough to understand medical concepts. I’m also smart enough to know that my pills cost around $500 dollars, and cost way more than food, and also can cause seizures, death, etc if not administered properly. So yeah, stuffing dangerous and absurdly expensive pills down children’s throats is a great idea!!! (by the way, that was sarcasm. I don’t think you have great reading comprehension, so I thought i’d explain). You clearly conveniently skipped over the part where I wrote that I diet and exercise everyday, so… your point is null. You disgust me with your lack of compassion, your ignorance, and your prejudice. I’d much rather be morbidly obese than as nasty a person as you are. Im done with you until you learn how to think rationally. I hope you can get over whatever it is that is making you so hateful.

      • malathyonxx says:

        @Greenandgray
        You asked me what I thought. And I told you. I am not without compassion or I wouldn’t have apologized for upsetting you with the truth. Do you know the difference between ignorance and stupidity? And well, for all the other personal attacks you spewed on me… that speaks volumes about you not me. I spoke the simple facts. You will spin it anyway you want to to make yourself feel better. Like I said before, good luck sounds like you need it.

      • Greenandgray says:

        Well then, honey, I’m sorry I upset You with the truth. And good luck with your attitude, because it sounds like you’re going to need it.

      • malathyonxx says:

        @Greenandgray
        There are no need for apologies from you. If you think your comments have upset me, you are mistaken. You asked for my opinion I gave it. :)

      • mytbean says:

        My turn…

        I used to think like malathyonxx and assume that it all came down to personal decisions, self-control and that every comment about metabolic challenges, glandular disorders and genetic predispositions were thinly veiled lazy excuses. That because I could control my weight just fine by going to the gym and doing a little portion control that anyone could do it if they just wanted to bad enough.

        Then… (seemingly unrelated) I got my third dog. I have three dogs total, a border collie and two chihuahuas. Two of my dogs are fit and healthy due to our regular walks and a diet fit for an athlete. The collie is fit and sleek and the vet says that the female chi is almost too thin. Both the male and female chihuahua are the same length.. so I feed the exact same amount of food to them but of the two, the male kept plumping up and up and up.

        So, because he has no real control over his decisions I took charge and walked him more than the others and gave him less food. After two months, did he lose weight?… no. He GAINED. I was totally confused. He was tired and fat and he’d started to shed.

        The vet did thyroid tests. She said all was well in his little fuzzy world and that it had to be something else. So I diverted from his normal food and tried all sorts of different things.

        Finally after the forth recipe, I found something that helped him lose a little weight but he still struggles. Twice the activity and half of the new food still has him hovering at an overweight mark six months later and the vet has decided it’s possibly just a “normal” weight for the little guy. He’s got his energy back from before we started this mess plus he doesn’t shed anymore.

        My point? The formula is not the same for everyone. And your recipe for success may actually be physically easier for you to follow than the recipe someone else may have to follow for them.

        They may need to use more willpower to succeed than you do. You are underestimating their challenge and undermining their efforts by jumping to the conclusion that it’s lack of effort and intellegence. I believe that for some people, they really would have to sacrifice more than it’s worth to get to an ideal.

        There… that’s my two cents. (gets off box)

      • LOTRdork says:

        @malathyonxx

        Wow. So my mom has arthritis, fibromyalgia, and a metabolism disorder all of which contribute to the fact that she is 50lbs overweight as well as medications she’s on for depression and anxiety. But according to your standards she’s stupid and lazy? Seriously? My mom is a health-nut who does the best she can to stay in the best shape she can by eating small rabbit like meals and doing some exercises when she can. And guess what, she still constantly GAINS weight. Why? Sure she may be taking more calories than she can get rid of but she’s bed ridden all the time because of her fibromyalgia, and her intense arthritis in her ankles and knees cause her too much pain to exercise! And on top of that she has a metabolism disorder for fucks sake! From what I can tell you are one of the lucky ones who are genetically blessed with either a quick metabolism, the ability to control your weight with ease or both. And there’s nothing wrong with that. But obviously you have never had to deal with being overweight and if you have been overweight before I’m guessing it was because you went through a period in your life where you were a bit on the lazy side. But unless you have had experience or personally known anyone with weight issues due to LEGIT MEDICAL ISSUES than I suggest you get off your high horse and shut the FK up because you have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. I can’t call you stupid because I don’t know you and for all I know you are quite bright but I will say that you are ignorant, un empathetic and have zero insight.

        And with that good day to you

      • Nina W says:

        Morbid obesity and anorexia are both consequences of serious emotional distress. Physical manifestations often of psychological trauma. It is quite true that the vast majority of over weight people are eating too many calories, the thyroid/metabolic issue is not that common at all. People with eating issues deserve sympathy and understanding not the blanket dismissal so common in our image obsessed culture. Many seriously over weight people suffer from malnutrition because they are consuming foods that are devoid of nutritional value. This poor little girl is facing a lifetime of health consequences because of the crap her parents feed her.

      • Austintatious says:

        @ malathyonxx

        Ah but you are without compassion or empathy for those different then you . You reek of being a hater. Frankly my dear the world would be a nicer, kinder place without the likes of you.
        How sad it must be to be you :(

    • stinky says:

      greenandgray: considering that you used to suffer w/ anorexia, maybe you just THINK youre fat now ( :) ) j/k. congrats to you for hangin’ in there and finding a solution. i know there’s meds that cause puffed up weight gain (depacote, etc)

  5. anemoneblue says:

    June looks like Jabba the Hut. This woman is how old??

    • Miz Misanthrope says:

      32 man…32…I know because she’s the same age I am but I look easily 15 years younger than she does.

      Momma here is someone I like to look at when I feel ‘meh’ about my looks and weight because it tells me that it could be so so so much worse.

    • TheOriginalTiffany says:

      So, Lindsay in 8 years? She almost has this many chins now.

      32? If I ever look this bad, I hereby authorize any of you to euthanize me.

      • Aussie girl says:

        Lol! We will take u up on that. I just watched the first episode thanks to @ Devon’s link. Wow & wow. There were things that shocked me about this family but there were also things that made me think there is some real level of love. Our rednecks here in aus are more what we call ferals. Your culture is fascinating. If’ve seen the same thing here again Aus but we may label it country or even bogan style. I know this does not represents you as a whole but it’s still interesting from an Aussie’s point of u. If the tables were turned I’m sure you’d find our country folk just as fascinating.

      • OriginalTiffany says:

        Ha! My best friend on tour is Aussie, we have a lot of them and she calls them bogans too. Got a couple on tour:(
        I truly think the SOuth is a different country than Cali. I will see your bogans IRL in two years. A whole year in NZ and OZ! So excited!

  6. Cody says:

    I saw one episode, to see what it was all about and it turned my stomach. I didn’t even find Honey Boo Boo cute and watching the rest of her family was depressing to me. TLC has sunk to a new low.

  7. Eleonor says:

    Only one word: SICK.
    That poor girl will be a crackmess before she turns 15.

  8. seVen says:

    the hell has this world sunk too when this trash is entertaining? Poor child(ren)

  9. Bernice says:

    I wish “reality tv” would go away. It’s the worst of the worst of the bottom of the barrel that sells reality tv and considering that there are truly bright, talented people worth listening too, reality tv is just sad.

    In our society many people will do anything for a little “fame”. I want to tell them, “honey, no one’ laughing WITH you.” so sad………. And yes, all you reality K named people, this applies to you too.

  10. Ellie66 says:

    Damn….okay I watched the first 3 episodes just out of curiosity and it was pretty damn hilarious especially when June took the girls to a spa the owner was just hilarious she was so freaked out with them “they have um big personalities”. Lol!

  11. serena says:

    Oh my god, the mother is so damn ugly..ugh

  12. Lucy says:

    I thought she was cute one T&T and recorded this new show but barely made it through the first episode. And I’m not a tv snob by any means. (hence me watching T&T lol) but this show is disgusting on a whole new level.

  13. dorothy says:

    I’m not sure what’s worse. The show itself or the people that actually watch it.

    • Miz Misanthrope says:

      Want some tissues? I mean with your nose so far up in the air you’ve got to have a nose bleed.

      Really I equate the popularity of things like this with how Romans used to pack the Colosseum. So in retrospect I’m just happy the masses aren’t yet baying for blood.

    • mel says:

      I agree. I would NEVER watch a reality show that exploits children. Its so easy to sit back in your homes and make fun of these families and not think about how this type of life style if affecting America’s overall culture. Its disgusting. Its sad.

      • AnnieGrey says:

        Amen, Mel.
        T&T should not be entertainment.

      • flan says:

        I find the whole concept of pageants for kids uncivilized and disgusting.

        There should be a minimum age-limit of at least 12, but preferably 16 or 18 on it.

        Yeah, yeah, I know there might be a few who are not pushed by their moms. However, it just invites way too many weirdo moms and pedos. Kids are already very powerless vs adults, so a civilized state should work to protect them from this exploitation.

      • LOTRdork says:

        @Flan
        ITA As far as those little girls who actually want to do pageants without their mother pushing them into it, there are other ways, safer ways of letting a little girl have fun. I was really lucky and had good, and vigilant parents in my early childhood and I was a real girly girl but my mom let me have my fun by arranging slumber paties where we would play dress up and play with makeup and just have a good time. Child pageants are pedo magnets, and when theyre on tv they’re out there for every creep to see *shudders*

  14. DanaG says:

    I couldn’t watch it those kids just don’t stand a chance. But I do like that her mother is trying to give Honey Boo Boo self confidence and that there are varying types of beautiful. That mother looks older then me and I’m 40.

  15. sillyone says:

    Yes because there is nothing sleazy that goes on in college bars. Girls don’t flash their titties, dance topless on tables and the language and things that are said. Yep it seems appropriate for a six year old child to be there. Society has lost all morals and brains. WTF??

    • LOTRdork says:

      Exactly what I was thinking. Dancing on a table top for money is acting like a stripper no matter where you are. And a bar is no place for a child. The fact that it’s a college bar dosn’t make it any better or less disgusting. I give the mother props for teaching her daughter self-respect and the wonderful life lesson that women are human-beings and not decorative sexual objects.
      *MAJOR sarcasm*

  16. Madpoe says:

    Is that the child’s real name?!?
    I’ve never heard of these folks.

  17. Beth says:

    Good lord. I just moved to Georgia three weeks ago. I hope these people are far away.

  18. Gaia132 says:

    I know I shouldn’t say this but that child is ugly….and I really hope her real name isn’t Honey Boo Boo.

  19. DD says:

    They are a nice family and boo boo is cute and sweet. Since when is giving a kid Mountain Dew child abuse?

  20. MsMileHigh says:

    I watched this show – and OMG I was so disappointed. Maybe I should not have been so shocked. It was staged to the hilt. Some family members (Pumpkin, I am looking at you.) are just gross. I got sad when I heard the kids on the show ask what an abdomen was. WHAT???? Didn’t the kids learn about insects in primary grades? No wonder the 17 year old is pregnant – she doesn’t even know the names of body parts, much less how they work. So, in conclusion: YAWN.

  21. Rachel says:

    Isn’t the second oldest 15? I can’t remember, and I don’t watch the show. If so, that means the mom still would’ve been under 18 at the time of conception.

  22. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    Im glad I am done with my formal education…I could feel my brain cells dying off one by one, and I have already seen 4 episodes. But I. Cant. Stop. Watching…
    In other news: “…than the man June is currently married to.” Celebitchy, June/Suga Momma is not married to Poppa Bear.she says thats her “baby daddy.” lol wow

  23. junegorilla says:

    THe kids on Dance Moms get more verbal abuse than honey boo boo. I watch the show. They aren’t the classiest folks by any means. But the kids seem clothed and cared for. Although I don’t know what to think about a kid dancing on a table at a bar. What’s a kid doing in a bar?

  24. Eleonor says:

    This woman makes me think I’ve never thanked enough my mum for all the times she has forced me to study, or when she used to bring me to my piano or swimming lesson, instead of pimping me in some pedo-weird competition.

  25. Nava says:

    I don’t need to go to Wal-Mart now to feel/look pretty, I’ll just post Momma Jabba’s pic to the frig to remind myself what will happen if I eat waaayyy too many carbs, and not work-out…I wonder what we would find under those many chins..the world will never know.

  26. anne says:

    My opinion of TLC is now the lowest – can’t get any lower.

  27. Ginger says:

    If I want to watch white trash antics I will go hang out with some of my relatives…it’s entertaining in a sort of “car crash scene” kind of way. I cannot look away from the crazy hyper confidence that little girl has but the whole bar dancing thing has turned me off completely.

  28. dahlianoir says:

    They could have easily played in “The Hills have eyes”!
    Seriously, I thought “white trash” was just a myth.

  29. KelBear says:

    TLC should be ashamed of themselves.

  30. SolitaryAngel says:

    I cringe at what TLC is helping to perpetuate–the stereotypical ignorant, inbred, roadkill-eating southerner. As others have stated upthread, we are not all like this! Sadly it’s not just TLC; even news stations pick the dumbest people they can find for soundbites. I’ve lived in the Deep South all my life and what bothers me the most (when I travel), is that all I have to do is open my mouth and speak–and I can see the instant judgement. I have an extremely thick accent that I cannot seem to get rid of; over the phone (I work at a call center), I get many compliments from both genders but in person it’s a different story. Shame on you TLC–I remember when you once stood for something great.

  31. Katie says:

    Oh my gosh please stop. They are making my home state look like it is inhabited by nothing but inbred hillbillies!

  32. original kate says:

    those are the fugliest people i have ever seen.

  33. mela says:

    honey boo boo is hilarious!!! the family seems tight knit

  34. KellyinSeattle says:

    The Bevelrey Hillbillies meet Honey Boo Boo Chile……I had a Mountain Dew last night and couldn’t go back to sleep!

  35. void says:

    I just watched the first episode. It didn’t bother me THAT much, except for when the mother couldn’t control “Pumpkin” enough to keep her from swimming in the flesh-eating bacteria laden lake, with warning signs posted at the shore.
    Sure I would raise my kids with a proper diet and hope to instill in them some class, but in the first episode at least the main concern was still just the propriety of child pageantry, and they are not the sole offenders by any means.
    They look happy at least. That’s more than I can say for my family growing up.

  36. Katia says:

    This mom is such an awesome example or Walmart trash.
    Reading suggestions for this crazy mom;
    French women don’t get fat
    Parenting from the inside out
    Bringing up bebe

    Disturbing!

  37. EscapedConvent says:

    Look at the photo of this family sitting on their porch—those daughters look thrilled to be there. The one on the far right isn’t even holding up her head.

    I feel very very sorry for those kids.

  38. Cathy says:

    That child is not cute. She’s a problem waiting to happen. Her mother should be ashamed of herself for what’s she’s doing to that poor child.

    • Dinah says:

      I agree about the problems waiting to happen. Possibly the saddest aspect of this nationally broadcast fiasco is that this utterly unexceptional child is being raised to think there is something wonderfully special unique to only her, and that she deserves significant entitlements from those she meets. What a slap in the face when she ( clearly inevitabley) becomes an overweight adolescent, first dropped like a hot potato from this cable network, then to be shat upon by everyone for just exactly that.

  39. Maritza says:

    Honey Boo Boo isn’t the only star in the show, they each have unique personalities and I find this show quite entertaining. I actually prefer to watch these rednecks have fun of themselves than watch the Kardashians in all their phoniness and pretentiousness.

  40. gg says:

    The mom and kid will be unreachable until somebody impresses upon them that the neck-ratcheting, what they refer to as “show em attitude, honey!”, is very off-putting.

  41. B says:

    I watched an episode (I admit it) and HBB’s dad said he proposed numerous times, but the mother didn’t want to be locked down in marriage (she’s such a catch). It got me wondering about who supports the family. It also got me wondering about how she seems to be getting men left and right, whereas my pretty gfs are always crying about never finding a single one. Time to move to GA, apparently.

    I have to say that, although the show seems horrendously scripted, the family is infinitely more likable than the Kardashians.

  42. Ms Goblin says:

    OMG. My stomach just lurched reading that.

    I HATE it that the general population will now think that THIS is the modern South.

    … says the displaced Southerner with two college degrees.

  43. ezra says:

    It’s exploitation but they don’t seem to mind.

  44. gt says:

    All these people need is a banjo for their front porch. uuuggghhhh!!!! The first thing I thought when they said the baby had 2 thumbs was inbreeding!!!!

  45. HadleyB says:

    It’s entertaining though. I can’t help but watch.

  46. Hello? says:

    Mountain Dew has been shown to cause something similar to “meth mouth” when given too much/too young. People in VA and other mountainous areas (KY, TN, etc.) have HORRIBLE teeth from drinking that crap from bottles when they’re babies and keeping it up through childhood/adulthood. Too much sugar. So yeah, whoever asked what was wrong with that – look it up.

  47. I.want.shoes says:

    Maybe the mother has some sort of thyroid disease or malfunction? I mean, seriously, how can you grow chins like that?!

    And could someone please inform me: what do they mean by “eat roadkill”?! As in run-over racoons and cats?

  48. ol cranky says:

    It does not bode well for a story about a child and her family when the caption to a picture of the mother reads “Honey Boo Boo’s mom’s mugshot from an unrelated arrest,” the saddest part is that the caption isn’t the worst thing in the story

    When my piggish and obnoxious self is classier than someone else, that someone else needs a lot of help

    SMDH

  49. skuddles says:

    Investigated for extreme stupidity?

  50. Vampi says:

    OMG… Didn’t watch the show, but I think Honey Boo Boo’s mom looks like a heavy version of Lisa Marie Presley!!!!!

  51. swack says:

    My daughter works in a NICU and some of the stories I have heard about drug abuse and babies are horrifying (the best being the mother who said she smoked crack ONLY 15 times during her pregnancy). Social services are brought in, but unless the baby is going to a dirty home with other problems (no electricity, etc) CPS does not take the child away from the parents. I don’t understand because to me if you are on drugs then you are not capable of being a proper parent. So it does not surprise me that they did not take the children away in this case. The 17 year old is considered an emancipated adult because of the pregnancy (my daughter was pregnant at 16 and after the 12th week of gestation she had to sign all papers) and so she would not have been taken from the home.

  52. buckley says:

    Time to change your network name to The Lowlife Channel.
    or Lunatic
    Loser
    Lardy?

  53. Genevieve says:

    This family is gross. And I hope to God that people who live in other countries don’t think all American’s are like this. Ignorant, lazy, unhealthy, sick, blech!

    • Mooshi says:

      Hollywood makes its fortunes from displaying other races at their worse. Then they teach these peoples to make fun of each other and hate each other. It seems harmless, but it isnt harmless.

      It is psychological warfare. You see television like this in countries that are being conquered. Hitler did the same thing

  54. Jennifer says:

    I live in Atlanta, GA, and this turns my stomach. What hick ass, nasty people.

  55. Hmmm says:

    I think that water seeks its own level, and, therefore, those attracted by the show in a gleeful manner are no different from the subjects.

    The kid is appalling as is her family. “Love”? Give me a break! Exploitation of children, IMO, is abuse. This kid is being exploited, with ‘love’ I am sure. CPS is a major FAIL for failing to take that exploitation in to account.

    I find it interesting that these primitives had the cunning to get themselves a smart lawyer. Makes it scarier, IMO. In essence they are thugs.

  56. Harper says:

    She’s from the south? shocking

    • marie says:

      Well bless your heart, I must have misunderstood your meaning. Surely you’re not so ignorant as to imply that just because they are redneck hicks the only place they could have come from is the south? Have you ever been outside honey? Rednecks are everywhere, and while this specific family comes from the south I can guarantee there’s a family just like them wherever you live, there are probably a few..

      Be careful climbing off that horse, it’s a long fall and I’d hate for you to hurt yourself..

  57. Green Is Good says:

    There’s no safe place to rest your eyes looking at the above photos. Yikes!

  58. Green Is Good says:

    2X: Is it wrong I think the Mom (or whatever her role is in this mess)looks like Jaba the Hutt in drag?

  59. Meika says:

    Some people should never breed….

  60. Lushus L. says:

    If I may….
    Dear Baby Jeebus,please send these people far away, as far away as possible,
    so that we may never hear from Honey Boo Boo again or see her mother’s chin crust.
    And Baby Jeebus, please do your best to protect the little pig that is in their care, so that his tiny hooves don’t end up in a bobbing contest.
    Hear our prayer
    Amen

  61. kitty-bye says:

    I flipped channels & landed on this. The child talks to her belly & named it, sleeps with a piglet & they go to Food Auctions? I didn’t know they exist. I wonder if these children go to school? I feel ashamed for thinking a Diet intervention should occur.

  62. scooter says:

    I’m thinkin’ Beverly Hillbillies on Meth

  63. Mourning the Death of Music says:

    What a bunch of winners….

  64. Jaxx says:

    I hate to criticize such a young child, but if these are BEAUTY pageants, how does this child win?

    • Mourning the Death of Music says:

      I looked up a random site after searching: criteria for judging child pageants. As with any other “Beauty” competition – it’s more than about looks.

      The following came from Little Miss Glitz Pageant:

      Personality Scores: Stage Presence And Personality/Friendliness – 25 points

      Appearance: Overall Appearance, Facial Beauty And Hair – 25 points

      Dress: Appropriateness And Overall Beauty Of Dress/Formal Attire – 25 points

      GlamWear/Outfit Of Choice: Appropriateness/Overall Appearance Of Attire – 25 points

      *The above 4 areas of competition are combined for a possible score of 100 points.

  65. Jilly Bean says:

    different cultures…. what do you do… i gots no problem with a bit of road kill….. its better than “meat in a box” from publix…. atleast its natural!

  66. janet says:

    She’s a kid and shouldn’t be judged on whether she is cute or beautiful….but I have to say she isn’t a nice looking child as you can see she will more than likely end up looking like her mother. Why do people watch these shows?

  67. erika says:

    thanks TLC. Exploitation. Your network is as bad as criminal.

    The parents will take the money lil Alana earns and blow it, literally, out their fat asses i’m sure.

    So, let’s live off generic cheetos while we pile social security/food stamps into a CHUBBY childs non existent pageant career (tans, dresses) instead of going towards a better life for all.

    God bless the child with two thumbs. In that family, i’m sure she’s the more privileged and intelligent, and she’s not even 3 mth old

    hate to say it but…

    misplaced priorities, overall. Forget basic education (I’m talking THRU 12th grade), basic health, n’ basic hope. The aspirations to do better don’t exist, it’s almost ‘hip’ to be ‘redneck’ or ‘proud’. so, despite the short lived fame, the cycle of lack of hope and BASIC health, mind, personal intelligence will be bypassed again by the next generation.

  68. k916665 says:

    As they say in Australia – “only in America”!!!

  69. lisacuddy says:

    They are rednecks and all but this kid is smart, bubbly and full of personality.

  70. mooshi says:

    Okay I watched the clips. And yes the mannerisms of the whole family were eccentric, primitive and too much for me…..

    but it was the “etiquette lady” that really gave me the jeebies.

    (shiver)

  71. logan says:

    I once thought “19 Kids and Counting” and “Jon and Kate plus 8″ was exploitive, but this seems much worse. I haven’t watched the show because the promos are bad enough. I guess most people find this show humorous, but I find it just plain sad. When we were in the third grade “farts and arm pit sounds” were pretty funny, but most of us out grew that. I wonder how much of this reality show is real and how much is put on. Won’t be watching this mess TLC.

  72. Dena says:

    Seriously, though, as an American I think we need to see more “Honey Boo Boo Chiles” on TV. I think a lot of our social policies for the last 4 decades (both well intended & mean spirited) have been seen discussed through the prism of race (which is often ugly & distorted). We have neglected social class. Sure we hear words like “the American Middle

    • Dena says:

      (had a problem with my computer)

      Anyway . . . we discuss the American middle class but that’s only rhetoric. We need to start really looking at things from a class perspective.

      Someone mentioned meth mouth. Most of us who have always had healthcare plans through our parents and then byway of our own employment have always been able to go the the dentist for regular check-ups. I remember when we first cut dental for public aid recipients in my state (back in 1996), my first thought was “No one is going to hire a receptionist that doesn’t have teeth. No teeth or missing teeth is definitely a barrier to employment.” Other example is that in some in urban areas, there really aren’t any “real” grocery stores. Just corner stores chalk full of Cheetos, Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Flaming Hots, and Ho-Hos. Those areas called food deserts. Some healthy foods are expensive and cheap processed foods abound. It goes on and on. She and her family present us with real issues that should be discussed.

      Having always lived in an urban oasis, Honey Boo Boo is a “delight” to watch in an OMG sort of way. As a matter of fact, I love how her sisters says “We aint Hillbillies. We got our teach. Don’t we?” LOL. We do police the boundaries of class and race. Us vs. Them.

  73. e.non says:

    these programs are grotesque — modern day freak shows delivered to your living room.

  74. Cazzee says:

    “But the authorities didn’t get in­volved until a videotape of Honey Boo Boo dancing for dollars on a ta­ble in a bar was posted online.”

    Yeah, real funny. Hilarious.

  75. E.J. says:

    Dear God.

    This is obscenity. The real thing.

  76. Renee says:

    I believe Alana is “Sugar Bear’s” only child with June. They’ve only been together 8 years.

  77. Bailey says:

    I have just lost the last modicum of respect I had for TLC.

  78. Adrien says:

    Tell me, June Shannon and Kevin Malone of The Office are not the same person?

  79. maria says:

    my gosh people don’t forget she is a child. She is a product of her environment and then tlc encourages the deplorable conditions and antics so what incentive does the family have to remain philistines.plenty of cash. That por kid should not be called the names i have seen she is a little girl, the people on tlc and her family ought to take the brunt of the behavior that poor kid is dispalying

  80. Jaes_MommyxOx says:

    I think its sad how everyone is talking about this little girl. Shes beautiful and I love this show :)

  81. Anna says:

    Although I think the show gives southerners a bad name, the parents are no different than other pageant parents! Go investigate them! Also everyone has failed to mention that the “road kill” was a deer someone had hit. Many people get calls to come get a deer that had just been hit! People really need to learn how to worry about REAL child neglect cases!

  82. Aussie Kerry C says:

    So sad, sad, sad. What sort of values will this pathetic little girl have when she matures – IF she matures.

    I believe we have banned this type of child beauty pageant in Australia – thankfully. We just watch Parliament for our entertainment – at least they are all over 21 who perform the antics there :)

    I do believe this is child abuse – imagine living in a house full of crap (because you have a “coupon mum”… it beggars belief.

  83. Angela1968 says:

    This show us probably one of the realest of all reality show that there is. At least these country folks ain’t trying to be something that they’re not as well as living way beyond their means. They arent stupid people they’re poor people! You people need to stop bashing them ! I believe they’re good, honest, hard working country folk that like to laugh and gave a good time. All you haters don’t have to watch the show if you don’t want to so turn the channel and get a life!

  84. Angela1968 says:

    Good show good people being real not fake.

  85. JLM says:

    I find it very hard to believe that CPS closed this families case. The truth is that many other parents in Georgia, and all over the country, have had their children removed from their care based on MUCH less evidence, or none at all. Here you have blatant exploitation of that child, taped for TV no less, and CPS closes the case. There is no doubt in my mind that this case was closed very quickly due to 1.) TLC providing a high priced attorney for the family and 2.) Georgia CPS didn’t want to be under that close a scrutiny by millions of viewers. The actual law for child abuse and neglect in Georgia reads “Neglect
    Citation: Ann. Code § 19-7-5(b)
    The term ‘child abuse’ includes neglect or exploitation of a child by a parent or caregiver. I feel very sorry for this little girl when she reaches her mid teens.

  86. taxpayer says:

    Has this family been checked out for
    welfare fraud? Do they receive public assistance or food stamps? The mama does buy $5,000.00 pageant dresses, and pays for registration fees, training, fake teeth, etc. for the little girl’s pageants. We taxpayer’s pay for public assistance and food stamps.

  87. Red says:

    I think the show is hilarious…BECAUSE they are so different than the majority of people we see everyday. They are happy, funny, easy going, drama free people. Sure I get grossed out once in a while watching this but I’m thoroughly entertained. Sure beats watching chicks fight all the time or watching rich people bitch over their so called awful lives. Is June really 32 though?! I’m older than her and I look about 10 years younger than she does!

  88. ericka h says:

    I don’t get it .. OMG my 3 yr old speaks better than this honey boo boo kid. Why is this girl not in school. instead her mother is busy feeding her soda and Mac and Cheese . Sold her daughter out for a few bucks .. and this is America.. help us all.

  89. Caridad says:

    “National Enquirer” or “The Sun” for those who did not know are two News Paper companies who just publish things that are not true. Now as for the Show itself, It’s funny how those who talk so much bullshit are ones who actually watch it. I’ve seen the show and I’m not one to watch Reality Shows at all, however this show is just funny and they are being who they are. Why talk so much trash about a baby girl when she hasn’t done anything wrong. I rather watch Honey Boo Boo than “the kardashians” or “jersey shore” who are all grown ass adults and act like 2 yr olds.

  90. Been Benuane says:

    As horrible as they are, I still don’t find them as bad as the Kardashians.