Here Comes Honey Boo Boo gets its second airing on TLC, and already I’ve absorbed interesting life lessons – what life lesson isn’t? – from this bizarre breakout hit about a 6-year-old beauty-pageant contestant and her crass, jolly family in rural Georgia.
1. “Redneck” can be used as the root for new words.
For instance, “redneckonize” – as in: “You better redneckonize.” I think this means “to show respect for and/or recognize redneck culture and behavior.” Or how about “Redneckaissance” (noun), the cultural period that began with the premiere of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo?
2. Your muffin top is your friend.
There is no reason in the presence of cameras not to grab the flab around your naval and squeeze it so that your stomach “talks” like a ventriloquist’s dummy. Little Alana Thompson, whose nickname is Honey Boo Boo Child, likes to do this.
3. “Etiquette classes are for stupid people.”
Honey Boo Boo Child said that, and it just rings true.
4. He who hesitates will be – well, just don’t hesitate.
If it’s hot as a firecracker outside, and you’re near a pond and inclined to take a dip, don’t worry about the large biohazard sign that warns about flesh-eating bacteria in the water. As a general rule, if you are in any proximity to an unhealthy body of liquid, dive in. You can always wash your hair later in the sink.
5. Be yourself, even to excess. Especially to excess.
Expected to be so outrageous they practically seem foreign to viewers, they’re just a reality update on the profoundly hayseed tradition of Green Acres or Jim Varney’s Ernest P. Worrell. In exchange, they get to become stars.
Do you think Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is too outrageous or exploitative? Would you allow your kids to watch the show regularly?
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