'Redneck' Honey Boo Boo Is a Trust Fund Kid

honey boo booWell I never! All this time I believed Honey Boo Boo and her family were gen-yu-ine rednecks. We all thought they were so "real" and honest with us. But guess what Alana has been doing behind the scenes? You'll never believe it.

Mama June set up trust funds for Honey Boo Boo and all her daughters.

WHAT? Why that upends everything we've come to believe about supposed "poor, simple country folk." Maybe, just maybe, some of us have been judging the Thompsons a little too harshly. Maybe we've been underestimating their wisdom just because they like to play in mud and eat unhealthy food. Maybe we haven't seen that underneath that gray frizz those lovely blond tresses, Mama June is actually a savvy business woman looking out for what's best for her family.


The Thompsons get $15,000 to $20,000 per episode. But Sugar Bear still supports the family through his contractor job. That TV money is evenly split and put into the girls' trust funds automatically. All Mama June sees is an email statement. (And by the way, even baby Kaitlyn gets a share.) And that's that. "You're never gonna see me drive a Range Rover or a Mercedes. I'll drive one if someone else pays for it. Never gonna live above my means," Mama June says. Their only splurge has been a very practical Ford Expedition. (Not cheap, but not exactly a Ferrari, either.)

To tell you the truth, the more I learn about Mama June, the more I'm impressed with her. She's gotten her family into one crazy kind of business, but so far she seems to be keeping her head and her priorities. It would be so tempting to do all kinds of things with that money. Middle-class people have done reality TV and done hopelessly foolish things with the money. But not this family.

You will never get to laugh at how foolish the Thompson family is with their money, America. No way. That is one stunt they refuse to pull for us. And good for them.

Which just goes to show -- regardless of how much money or education you have, you can still make wise choices for your family. Maybe Mama June got some excellent advice. If so, it was smart of her to listen. Maybe she's noticed what happens to people when they win the lottery. However she arrived at this choice, I think it should make us reconsider how judge people based on their social class.

Are you surprised that Mama June set up trust funds -- or are you surprised that anyone would be surprised?


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