Honey Boo Boo on her career path: ‘Mama, beauty queen, Walmart, McDonald’s’

So far, I’ve managed to avoid writing about Honey Boo Boo Child and her mother Mama June. This was by design! First off, with the exception of the Kardashians, I try to avoid writing about reality stars. Secondly, I’m a Southerner and I’m kind of offended by the idea that all of us in the South are like Honey Boo Boo’s family (even if this family is probably a realistic slice of how some Southerners live). Thirdly, my mother loves this show. It took me a while but I finally realized why: my mother over-identifies with Honey Boo Boo. My mom grew up in Georgia (where the family lives), she’s the youngest of her family (like Honey Boo Boo) and in photos from her childhood, she definitely resembles Honey Boo Boo. So I’ve grown to accept that I am part Honey Boo Boo. I’m half-Indian, half-Honey Boo Boo. This is my life.

Anyway, the whole cast of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has been doing press. Mama June announced that she’s lost more than 100 pounds in the past two years without even going on a diet – go here to see the before and after photos. And now Mama June and Honey Boo Boo have a new interview with In Touch, and there’s so, so much magic:

Their TLC show has more than 3 million viewers each week, they’re recognized everywhere they go and are even embraced by celebrity fans. But “Mama June” Shannon — family matriarch and star of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo — insists in a new exclusive interview with In Touch, that although things have definitely changed for her big brood, life in the spotlight won’t ruin her family.

“We’re not Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie,” June, 33, tells In Touch of their newfound fame. “We don’t want to live that Hollywood lifestyle.”

June says they don’t consider themselves celebrities and know that their reality show popularity won’t last forever. “We still live off Sugar Bear’s income as a chalk miner. We’re everyday country people,” she tells the mag on newsstands now.

Six-year-old Alana a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo, even has her future away from the spotlight mapped out, discussing what she wants to be when she grows up. “Lots of things,” she tells In Touch. “A mama, a beauty queen, working at Walmart, working at McDonald’s so I can eat their chicken nuggets, a veterinarian and a nurse,” adding, “I like to help other people.”

Aside from splurging on a Ford Expedition and an above-ground pool for the family, “Mama June” has used the income they’ve earned to set up trust funds for her four children — money that they can’t touch until they turn 21. “We had fun, we’ve had adventures, and we’ve made tons of memories that we wouldn’t have made otherwise,” she says of their TV fame. “Someday, we’ll all look back and laugh about this experience.”

[From In Touch Weekly]

I don’t believe that they’re living only on Sugar Bear’s income, although I do believe Mama June when she said last year that she was putting most of the money away in a trust for Honey Boo Boo. And I also believe that they have no interest in “going Hollywood” or living like Brangelina. They don’t want to move out of their home in Georgia. And why should they? As for Honey Boo Boo’s career dreams – “A mama, a beauty queen, working at Walmart, working at McDonald’s so I can eat their chicken nuggets, a veterinarian and a nurse.” Sounds absolutely legit. She has extremely realistic dreams, doesn’t she?

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. judyjudy says:

    Good for Mama June and her weight loss.
    I can’t hate on these folks because everything I’ve seen shows them to be a strong family who is supportive and kind to one another.

  2. mari says:

    Poor little fat girl following in the footsteps of her mother.

    Best way to ruin your child’s life, is installing unhealthy life habits from the start :(

    • sunnyinseattle says:

      @Mari, you my friend are a mean little person! :-(

    • sarah says:

      i dont think youre mean. i think youre being a realist. its really gross that this girl associates chains like Mcd’s and walmart with normalcy and may i add, success, and obviously shes a product of her environment, so you cant blame her. its a sad state when people dont at least raise their eyebrows a bit when someone glorifies a product as barf worthy as mcd’s chicken nuggets. yes they are a tight knit family and the closeness between them is admirable. but their eating habits are not something to be revered, and when we start acting like thats normal and ok, then we are letting ourselves slide backwards as a society.
      rant over.

      • MARCUS says:

        So what if she chooses to glorify MCD and Walmart. She’s 6 and we all know career paths will change. If she wants to work at MCD to eat their nuggets whats it to you? It does not affect your life. SERIOUSLY SOME PEOPLE

      • RN says:

        Marcus, of course it doesn’t directly affect us. But to suggest that there are no implications as a society is foolish. We are all interdependent, and when we have a large segment of the population practicing unhealthy habits, then we ALL pay in some way, either through rising health care costs, decreased productivity, high rates of depression, etc.

        It’s time to stop pretending that it’s always okay for people to mistreat their bodies in the name of independence. We’re not doing anyone any favors when we live in a society that’s dominated by a handful of businesses that promote unhealthy behaviors.

      • Pip says:

        Oh please, she’s what? 6 years old? When I was 6 I wanted to be a cake taster so I could get paid to eat cake all day, doesn’t mean that’s what I do now (besides are we really calling her fat now? Sure she’s a little chubby maybe but she’s also a kid and seems like a happy one at that) *smh* seriously some people really do lose all sight of what’s important.

      • fabgrrl says:

        The kid is six, not sixteen. Little kids don’t know anything about work or economics. They think McDonalds is fun and it must be fun to go there everyday. Cut her some slack.

      • akua says:

        My eight year old daughter loves McDonalds too, and she is very healthy and of perfectly normal weight. I teach her everything in moderation…

      • JoleenMean says:

        She’s a kid. Unfortunately most kids think that chicken nuggets are awesome. I agree that the family needs to do something regarding their diet (and this will probably happen when Mama June encounters a health problem because of her weight) but you can’t blame a kid for liking chicken nuggets.

    • irishserra says:

      Mari has a point. I do have some admiration for the mother for trying hard to keep her family strong and grounded, but statistically speaking, this little girl will most likely grow up with severe health issues due to obesity, and that is something her parents right now are directly accountable for.

      However, I’m not sure that her mother is fully capable of understanding that. I’m not insulting the mother; I’m sincerely concerned. Common sense with regard to health and nutrition is no longer a realistic expectation, as the government is in bed with the agricultural entities and the pharmaceutical companies, so understanding the link between our habits and our health involves a lot more than going by FDA guidelines these days and not everyone is willing to put forth that effort.

      Additionally, RN is absolutely correct. The habits this family maintain and the influence this has on fans will eventually affect us, whether we care to see it or not.

      With regard to the little girl’s current aspirations, I don’t think it’s such a big deal right now. She is still young and my son also views McDonald’s as some sacred temple (and he’s barely ever eaten anything from there). Eventually she will be old enough to reason for herself and hopefully her parents will have educated themselves enough to instill some good nutrition habits, but I’m not optimistic about it.

    • That Girl says:

      I have to agree with you. While you could have possibly worded it differently, this little girl is in for life long health problems if she isn’t encouraged to start eating healthy and being active.

      • Deana says:

        Fat shaming is wrong. Obesity is a problem in this country, but much of the stigma associated with it goes beyond health concerns, i.e. lazy, uneducated, undisciplined, etc. People stigmatize obesity, just like they do lung cancer, HIV/AIDS, mental illness. Worth thinking about.

      • Annie2 says:

        Deana- seriously. It is NOT “fat shaming” to point out the obvious ill effects of obesity on health. I’m betting you have no idea how many billions of dollars are spent on health care problems caused by obesity. When will people quit enabling?

  3. pamspam says:

    I’m not seeing 100 lb weight loss. I just don’t see it. But if she’s shed some weight, good for her! I understand they probably aren’t big into endorsements, but wouldn’t it be nice if maybe Weight Watchers took on that family and taught them how to eat a bit healthier? I don’t really follow them, but I can’t help but be concerned about that little girl’s future (healthwise).

    • JL says:

      +1 on the healthy habits but since we’re comparing to the Kardasians, which is worse heavy or plastic bodies and plastic lives.

      Boo Boo will eventually disappear from sight and live out her days beside the above ground pool belly laughing over them crazee TV days with famiy and friends.

      Kardasians will never disappear, always be wanting more, always modifying faces, asses etc more and more, always running off husbands and chances of happiness…

      I’m not sure the Kardasians won’t be a whole lot worse off in the end.

      • pamspam says:

        Very true! I guess with the K’s, though, it’s a case of just desserts and I won’t lose any sleep over their demise. The Boo-Boo’s, while trashy, seem a decent bunch and it makes me a little sad to think of that little girl’s life expectancy being diminished because of the habits she’s inheriting. I guess I’m just saying that since they seem like basically nice people, I think they are more deserving of longer lives than the K’s.

    • michkabibbles says:

      i think with bigger people a large weight loss is harder to see. i have an aunt who has lost just over 100 pounds this past year, and if you look at before and after photos, she really only looks like she’s lost 40-50. it all depends on how it’s distributed i think. and on smaller people, smaller weight loss can be more visually dramatic.

    • KatC says:

      I know what you mean, when I looked I couldn’t see it either at first. The trick is to look at her arms, particularly at the elbow and above. Huge weight loss there and most likely at the back of her neck as well. Because of her size and where all the weight is sitting on her she’ll have to come down a lot more before you can see it in her stomach and neck where we’re used to seeing it in celebs.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      I think it would be a great idea for WW to have the boo boo’s endorse them…a real family, with real weight issues…if they could help this family losse weight, it would make a believer out of me!

  4. Cait says:

    I will take Honey Boo boo over the Kardashians any day of the week.

  5. Bubbles says:

    I like them about a 100 times more than the Kardashians.

  6. JL says:

    Bless her sweet little hefty heart! let me pour me a glass of tea and review the situation.

    They actaully seem reasonably happy where they are and as they are. THAT is more than a lot of families have Hollywood or not.

    Yes they are fat, backwards, uneduated and loving the attention.
    In all reality the show will end sooner rather than later b/c the child just isn’t physically cute.
    In all reality Big Boo may end up with a chalk miner, a couple of kids, working a simple job and living large in that town because of her mother saving for her.

    That doesn’t bother me, If she’s happy and content that way – well I guess that’s better off than Lindsey, Rhianna, Demi Moore etc, etc…

    I too am from (Coastal) Georgia and I too am mortified everyone will think that’s the entire state. But then again, a happy family, enjoying what they know is a short term gift and supporting each other – I don;t think it matters where or how you live if you have that.

  7. debbie says:

    i wanted to be either a majorette in parades or work in a shoe store. alas, neither dream came true.

  8. aims says:

    I really do think this is a good family. I think they do love each other. They do feed into the stereotype, but I also think that’s how they live their lives. I think that they are all supportive of one another and do believe in having a good time. I have nothing but love towards them, and wish them the best.

  9. Jag says:

    Kaiser, you made me laugh with the half Indian, half Honey Boo Boo. lol

    I thought that both the mother and HBB have gained weight. As for realistic goals, yes, for the most part they are. But I seriously doubt she’ll be a beauty queen unless there are plus-size ones now, unless she changes whichever habits have her fat at such a young age. I know that’s harsh, but it’s true. Unless there’s a medical reason for it, there’s no need for a child to be fat, since children are typically little fuel-burning furnaces.

    When I was young, we had one fat kid in school. Literally – ONE! Now many kids are fat at younger ages, and it typically has to do with the quality of food they eat. When I was little, my mother made every meal we ate, except for my school lunches when I chose to eat them from the cafeteria. There was no high fructose corn syrup in everything, and no artificial sweeteners. No chemical processing in things other than snack foods, which we weren’t allowed to have very often. Going to McDonald’s was a rare treat, and they were serving food with real ingredients then – not pink slime. My, how things have changed!

    I do very much like that the mother has made trust funds for all the children. Maybe there’s hope for this family after all. :)

  10. Bodhi says:

    Good on Mama June!

    I can’t help it, I love this trashy little down home family. Yeah, they are over weight & live in a crappy little house by the tracks, but they love each other in a way that the Kardashians can only dream of

      • Dena says:

        It’s something about Lil Honey Boo Boo that grabs my heart too. She’s part kid, part baby, and part wise to the word and mischevious (sp) too. Precocious doesn’t sum it up.

        As far as her wanting fo work at McDs for the chicken nugget five fingered discount, I almost fell out of my chair with laughter

      • Dena says:

        PS: while their collective weight may offend some and can be seen as a reflection of poor choices and a lack of self-disclipline, weight maintenance is not that simpke or straight-forward especially for “poorer” families who are confronted withthe sticker shock of eating fresh foods, lean meats, add a variety of fruits. Regular working class budgets dont go very far when you are buying for larger sized families. And, of course, their are regional differences when it comes to foods/cuisines.

        Stress, depression, and heredity are also factors in weight gain/maintenance.

      • Micki says:

        @Dena: I respectfully disagree.
        There is one notorious finance expert and socialist senator in Berlin, who has managed to prove that the unemployed CAN cook healthy meals from any gived (low segment) supermarket for about 5 EUR per day. His team managed to put together meals for 4 for a whole week.
        Of course there was no alcool, cigarettes or extra sweets on this menu.

      • Bodhi says:


        That may well be true, but many poor people in the US do not have access to fresh food, much less produce. I don’t know what it is like in Europe, but the problem of food deserts in the US is HUGE

      • Kate (newer one) says:

        Micki, that leaves out the effect of cultural capital. It takes knowledge and skill to cook properly; knowledge and skill that aren’t common in this day and age. It also takes an adequately equipped kitchen. There’s also the comfort factor of junk food, when there isn’t much money to go around. In all honesty if I had to live on legumes, root veggies and cabbage, however healthy they undoubtedly are, the lure of cheetos would be strong. As it is, we don’t bother with junk food because we can afford a tasty and varied diet, so don’t crave it.

      • Micki says:

        Excuse me all, I answer the next day, happens often to me.
        Indeed I don’t know how the food market in US functions.If you say there’s problem to obtain fresh vegetables and fruit I’ll take your word for it. I have many former coleagues who live in US after a PhD and they never complained. I think they are all middle class.
        But my example was about unemployed people. My point was it’s not always a question about money but the will, possibly general education and the discipline to do it day after day. I used to work the standart 40h/week.I till cooked at least 5 days/week. Now more so first because I’M stay at home mum and second because I think it’s the best investment for my children’ health.
        Our budget is about 100 EUR/week for 4 of us. I exclude alcohol because we don’t buy that regularly and we don’t smoke.
        How it is as a comparison with US?

  11. jess says:

    I prefer this family over the Kardashians anyday!

  12. Rowen says:

    If you chose to stop writing about the Kardashians, that wouldn’t be horrible.

  13. kristin says:

    I love Honey Boo Boo as a person.
    love her attitude :)
    And Mama June needs to get full credit for being a reasonable adult. So rare these days! (cough DINA cough)

  14. Zigggy says:

    I’ve never watched the show but I feel bad for how badly the mom gets made fun of- Joel McHale calls her a “human thumb” I think? As redneck as they are they seem to have a better head on them than a lot of people, such as the Lohans. I’m glad to see they know the fame is fleeting.

  15. Pants says:

    I find it annoying how everyone focuses on HBB’s weight. She’s a little girl! I was a fat kid and now I’m a fat adult, and while I’m trying to lose weight (for myself!), I’m actually in quite good health. Low blood pressure, low cholesterol, low blood sugar. Healthier levels than most people I know. Fat doesn’t always mean unhealthy. Just sayin’. End rant.

    • JL says:

      Preach pants;

      My point exactly, you KNOW Kris Kardasian is ON those girls ( Jenners in particular) like ketchup on Sketti if they start gaining weight. You KNOW noses, asses, cheeks, chins are analyzed for the right time to hit the plastic surgeon.

      Skinny is not always healthy, bigger isn’t always unhealthy – obese is…lets hope little Boo Boo grows out of it,

  16. Petee says:

    Kaiser now I know why I like you and your sense of humor.I am half Indian and honey boo boo too.My Mom is from the mid west and her family is like them too,accent’s and all.I do like this show even though I feel the new show’s are scripted and I don’t think the first season’s were so much.That’s why people liked the show.I will take them over the awful Kardashian’s any day.

  17. KellyinSeattle says:

    I don’t think it’s really fair to compare them with the Kardashians….two wrongs don’t make a right. Just because one isn’t as bad as the other doesn’t really mean anything. It’s like comparing LL and LeAnn. They’re both awful, so any comparison is mute.

  18. fabgrrl says:

    I’d mock the career choices, but those actually sound like totally normal aspirations for a 6 year old kid. We’re upper middle class, white-collar, WASP-y east-coasters, who rarely eat fast food. Yet my kids have similar goals: veterinarian, nurse, mommy/daddy, “princess”, working at favorite store to play with toys, working at favorite restaurant for favorite treats.

  19. G says:

    The Kardashians are white trash with better clothes, but much less love and honesty.

  20. Lori M. says:

    I’ve never seen the show, but saw BooBoo on Entertainment Tonight (or one of those shows) eating spaghetti at a Beverly Hills restaurant. But BooBoo was FLOSSING HER TEETH AT THE TABLE WITH SPAGHETTI!! Simply disgusting and behavior like that should not be rewarded and glorified. Yuck.

    • KatC says:

      I think this is a really interesting point. Honey boo boo comes from a family and culture that is not known for being overly fixated with decorum over having a good time. They don’t teach you to be self conscious about your appearance and behavior in terms of what nasty things other people are thinking about you. Instead they teach you not to think nasty things about others based on their appearance and superficial manners.

      But I agree with you that her behavior in interviews is troubling. I think it stems from having a loud outspoken family (a plus in my opinion) who would normally always be around to tell her she’s being gross or rude, or (worst of all) not funny. With that upbringing being altered with the ass kissing celeb interviewers who will smile and laugh at any behavior regardless of if it’s funny or not, she’s not getting an accurate response.

      In short, you only have to look at the behavior of the older girls to know that HBB would have grown up just fine, maybe not able to tell you which is the salad fork, but well behaved and goodhearted for all that. How she’ll turn out now with all the hollywood ‘yes-man’ bullshitters around is another question.

      On the other hand, she’s six, this behavior is pretty standard for six, esp when something special is going on, like getting loads of attention.

      • Lori M. says:

        Interesting points. I think I would have given her mom a lot more credit had she asked BooBoo to stop eating like that at such a fine dining establishment (it was not appropriate by any means & was disgusting!). Does the mom usually correct bad and inappropriate behavior or does she let BooBoo act like a fool all the time? I hope BooBoo gets corrections at this age, as all kids should. The few interviews I’ve seen show this little kid acting out what she expects people to see – bad redneck behavior. At least I hope she is “acting it up”!

  21. lulu1 says:

    This is my favourite of all your comments:
    “I’m half-Indian, half Honey Boo Boo”.

  22. paranormalgirl says:

    I like this family. They are a realistic slice of life. I don’t think they are representative of all rural Georgians or rural southerners anymore than all Irish are represented by the travelers (best analogy I could come up with being Ireland born and bred)

    What I like about them is their “beauty comes in all shapes and sizes” ideals and the fact that they give a hell of a lot to those less fortunate around them. Alana gets a ton of toys and gifts from her fans. She’s allowed to keep a few and the rest go to local children in need. They’ve never had a lot yet they’ve always done with less to give to charity. I can think of worse messages to send to kids.

  23. Chickenlishus says:

    They really are “real!” Love that family, despite some of their habits are unsavory.

  24. Grace says:

    This is a good family. Their dietary habits aren’t great but they’ll figure it out when Honey gets bigger.
    Many parents do not care for their children the way this family does. This mom is putting her child’s money away for a college education instead of boob jobs and veneers. She’s teaching her daughter to be strong and smart.
    She’s also teaching her child how hateful people can be early on. She’ll have no peer pressure dramas from small minds later on in high school.
    She wins hands down over all of these “Hollywood” moms.

  25. ViktoryGin says:

    While I’m not down with the McDonald’s admiration (currently reading Fast Food Nation), I’m also not going to judge for being fat. It’s interesting. People often feel a sense of superiority about the overweight. It’s myopic because of the fact that our food supply is adulterated, our governmemental organizations like the FDA and USDA (who sets our health standards) are in bed with corporate giants like Nabisco or who have you who primary interest is money. Meanwhile, they adulterated our food with High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, glutamic acid (MSG, basically), hydrogenated oils, and a whole host of chemicals that don’t naturally occur in food. Not to mention that some of these substances are highly addictive. Have any of you ever tried going off sugar? (That includeds processed food. They put sugar in your all-mighty whole wheat bread, you know.) It’s like coming off a week long bender. I’ve become convinced that sugar is the bloody devil. It compromises your immune system and shuts down the appetite regulating hormone that let’s you know when to stop eating.

    I moved back to TX about a year and a half ago from Asia without changing my eating habits drastically. I gained 35 pounds. All due to everything being laced with crap and not enough opportunity to move (like most of the South, we drive). I’ve so far lost twenty and counting but it is like pulling myself out of a black hole because this is the eating in the South. We were driving in the early 70s. You have to ask yourself why and how Americans got so damn fat in such a short time?

    Ultimately, it all comes down your willingness to change your circumstances and taking your power back to be healthy, but it’s a fight. Please don’t unduly chastise the overweight.

    • I.want.shoes says:

      I agree! It also doesn’t help that much of the junk food ends up being indirectly subsidized (corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup etc are highly subsidized and used in all junk food) and therefore very cheap, whereas fruits and vegetables are not.

      “What to eat” by Marion Nestle is also a great read on the subject.

    • CLJ says:

      Those are really excellent comments about the broader food issues. You’re right that it’s complex and that the problem is systemic and not just the result of individuals’ choices.

      That said, it’s unfortunate that their fame/fortune hasn’t made a dent in obviously unhealthy behaviors (like the ketchup+butter “sketti” or whatever) – instead it seems like bad nutritional choices are being held up and elevated as authentic/just part of “real life.” The success of the show just reinforces another facet of our culture that’s not helping to solve the problem. And the family isn’t fully to blame for it – they’re a cog in the wheel – but I don’t think they’re powerless to make different choices, either. Ironically – as much as they go on about success and fame not changing them – I think it’s only reinforced a loyalty to unhealthy “authentic” life choices. Which just sets up those kids for a bad time in life and doesn’t send healthy cultural messages to anyone.

  26. themummy says:

    To be fair, they might be rednecks, but there really is an awful lot of love in that family and they’re actually not dysfunctional in that way. And who of us at Honey Boo BOo’s age didn’t have five different things they wanted to be? That’s normal. And I’m from (and live in) Boston, so I’m not defending their redneckery because I’m somehow emotionally vested in it. I just don’t think slamming the kid for wanting to do five or more things as an adult is fair. When my son was nine he included pizza delivery guy with his bunch of other things. Big deal.

    And it’s SO easy to make fun of these people, but honestly they’re far, far, FAR better than the Kardashians. This family has a LOT of love for one another, they’re down to earth, laugh a lot, have fun in a positive way, and they are in so way whatsoever fake at all.

    Perspective. It’s a good thing. These people are hurting no one.

    I don’t advocate all of their behaviors (they way they eat, for example, especially Alanna because she’s just a little kid!!), but it’s not their job to please us all and I’d like the first one of us who is perfectly healthy all the time to raise their hand so I can congratulate them. Somehow if people are fat we all think we are right in berating them and using that (or whatever else the topic may be) as a springboard to revel in our own personal superiority, and validate our own insecurities. Kind of pathetic, but alas that is where our society is right now, as if being fat is something so hurtful and terrible to everyone else that we get to victimize them as much as we want, laugh as much as we want, belittle them, and make them less than human. And no, I’m not saying this because I’m fat (I’m a yoga instructor part time, lit professor part time), although if I was, so what? It’s still true. The fact that I felt I had to make that disclaimer in the first place validates what I am saying.

    I can’t believe I just wrote all of that defending them. Ugh. But what I wrote is true…so….

  27. RHONYC says:

    is it wrong that i’d like to see a Honey Boo-Boo doll like in the vain of ‘My Buddy’?

    i think she’d kick those creepy American Girls’ ass! :lol:

  28. CC says:

    So THIs is Honey Boo Boo? Gawd….

  29. Gemini08 says:

    People hate on this family but I love that show. They seem like decent people. I also think they are “in” on the joke and play up the “hillbilly” shtick for the cameras.

  30. Issa says:

    Its actually cool to hear a kid with practical & realistic dreams. I’m still waiting to be the an Airline pilot, an Astronaut, an Astronomer, a Spy, and a woman operating as a badass Navy Seal.

  31. Amelia says:

    Mama June may be gross and have what I think is a bad case of gingivitis but she drops pearls of wisdom each week, such as beauty coming in all shapes and sizes, being happy with what you have, living without envy, etc. she shows more real caring towards her daughters than Kris Jenner does.

    Sugar Bear seems a bit off but he has real affection for June and he keeps a great humor in an estrogen-filled home. He shows more affection for June than Bruce Jenner does towards Kris.

    Honey Boo Boo is a pistol and her manners are atrocious, but manners are easily taught (remember My Fair Lady?). But having a loving heart and respect for her parents is a lot harder to instill. And what kind of manners does a 30-year-old twice married woman display when she quits her marriage after 72 days and doesn’t return the gifts? THAT is bad manners to the nth degree.

    One of June’s other daughter’s had an unplanned pregnancy. The baby wasn’t aborted or abandoned; she is being raised within the family with love.

    Are these folks the smartest folks? No. Will Honey Boo Boo grow up to be an astronaut or nuclear physicist? Probably not. And so what? Life is a Bell curve and we are all under it in a place. As long as you are a good person doing the best you can, being productive and respecting others, who is to say what’s wrong with your life?

    Having said that, what about Kim Kardashian is productive, respectful or good? Give me the folks from Georgia any day of the week.

  32. Bitca says:

    Mama June wasn’t even trying to lose weight—good start—IMO it’d be incredibly cool if a healthy-for-life program like Weight Watchers offered her a sweet deal. Putting pressure on over-weight kids is counterproductive, but educating by positive example can help.

    This family does appear to be Real, unlike the empty-headed & plastic Kardashians (who, like Enty, I pray go down… um, but leave Kanye behind–he’s a jerk yet I <3 some of his tracks).

    If this Walmart America Reality show is so popular, then, hey—why not a Trust Fund for Mama (& any family members who follow) lifestyle turnaround endorsement followed by bona fide "after" pix of fit (not skinny) Mama June & famille?

    The message is, if you love your family, then encouraging them to try a fun, active lifestyle, & exploring creative ways to make tasty & healthy food increases their chances of living a longer, better-quality life.

    Jess Simpson has enough $$$ in the bank already, & apparently is unaware of the Pill. I'd love Mama June's clan substitute as an even more relatable role model for a public that needs achievable, healthful goals.

  33. cw says:

    this is a good one = “part Honey Boo Boo”

    prob the best you’ve written so far!!

    tooooo funny

  34. Kate (newer one) says:

    The diet is undoubtedly an issue, but come on – she’s being raised to think about work prospects, she’s being raised with a nice nest-egg put away for her future, and she’s being raised in a loving and united family. If I had to choose between being Honey Boo Boo or a Kardashian, I know which I’d want.

    And being obese isn’t more dangerous than being chronically underweight, or a plastic surgery abuser. I suspect this kid’s mother is healthier than Nicole Kidman is, and I’m yet to see threads on how terrible her health choices are, or what an example for her children. (I like Nicole Kidman, but let’s be realistic – her body image is a shocking model for two growing girls.)

  35. faun says:

    Technically, the author of this post is 1/4 honey boo boo and 1/4 indian.

  36. Mikunda says:

    Glorifying things like being overweight is horrendous – people need to understand that being overweight comes with so many health issues and problems, it’s serious, and it’s scary. This child is obese and the mother is responsible at 150%. We should not sugarcoat the truth. This nation badly needs to lose weight and start living a healthier, more positive life.

  37. Kristin says:

    Absolutely ridiculous that we are analyzing a SIX YEAR OLDS goals and aspirations. For goodness sake, my life plans at six included becoming princess of the US/veterinarian while still maintaining my superhero weekends as wonder woman. Would you people please cut this kid a break already?

  38. jwoolman says:

    A really interesting show or regular segment on a show would be for June to work with a clever nutritionist to tweak the way she prepares meals without her family rebelling and without spending any more on food than she does now. Just little tweaks, one at a time. I think June would be quite interested. She lost 100 pounds just by getting more active at a very sensible rate of about 1 lb per week, but as her weight comes down she will burn less calories for the same activity level. A lot of people are on a strict budget, and simple carbs are simply cheaper per calorie than the fresh fruit and vegetables that seem to require a bank loan… But there are ways to get around that, such as slightly reducing fats and oils or rinsing the sugar solution off canned fruits. My bet is that June would be a great test case and would come up with a lot of good ideas herself once she got into it with just a little guidance. She just cooks the way she was taught.