'Honey Boo Boo' Is Not the Downfall of Western Civilization But It's Close

Say What!? 15

Honey Boo BooI have watched Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. I have enjoyed Honey Boo Boo. I have argued that the show doesn't represent the downfall of civilization and should be taken as a light anthropological journey into the lives of people I might otherwise never meet. And yet, the rumors. I just can't shake the rumors.

This latest rumor -- that 15-year-old Boo Boo sibling Jessica, better known as Chubbs, has a dad who is a sex offender and wants to see her -- is among the most upsetting. If Mama June's goal is to make money and make her family famous, then she probably should have thought about their past.

Some of the skeletons in this family's closet aren't funny or entertaining at all, and putting her child potentially in harm's way is a little scary. Now, the source for all this is The Enquirer, so take it as you will. But it's not the first rumor to plague this family.

The fact is most, if not all, of these children have different dads. Their lives are now on display for all to see and they are all underage. They aren't making these choices, their "mama" is. It's funny, sure. It's entertaining, yes. But these lifestyle choices aren't just fit for a train wreck of a show. They're also these people's real lives.

A pregnant teenager whose own mother had her as a teenager isn't a funny thing. But, unlike MTV's Teen Mom, Honey Boo Boo treats it like it's normal to be 17 and pregnant sans baby daddy.

Sorry, but that's just bad. Nothing about their lives are normal. It's not normal to have dads in jail or sex offender dads, and some of what seems so funny and light on the show is actually very serious, indeed.

Is this really something we need to be glorifying?

A few weeks ago I might have said Honey Boo Boo was just a light show and was annoyed with the people who hated on it. But now I am not so sure. These are real people and their issues aren't just reality TV fodder. It's not very entertaining at all. And if it is, maybe we need to rethink our form of "entertainment."

Do you think Honey Boo Boo is bad?


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Madel... Madelaine

No I dont think the show is bad.  If it is offensive then dont watch it.  I dont watch it but that is because I choose not to.

Lovin... LovinJerseyMama

Many families have skeletons in their closets, which is normal. But when you put it all out there for the world to see is when it goes bad, and quickly. I don't think any children under the age of 18 should be on any reality show. And not for the fact that they may embarrass themselves, because god knows we have all been there with our stupid decisions. But because the world will see it. And it will affect their adult lives when it comes to potential jobs and relationships. Of course now since we have twitter, Facebook and the like, I guess our personal lives are already on display. But I just don't see anything positive coming out of a reality show focusing on a seven year old and her unique family dynamics.

MamaM... MamaMandee

I wouldnt use the word bad ....more like HOT MESS!! 

undrc... undrcvrmom

I enjoy this family.  We all have things in our past that we are ashamed and embarrassed about.  I basically see June as a former '16 and pregnant' contestant.lol  Here's what you have to look forward to girls!!!lmao

Honey Boo Boo and her family deserve just as much fame and fortune from their reality show as the Kardashians or any of the Housewives franchises.  All those people have some skeletons as well.  


bills... billsfan1104

Jessicas father only wants something, because they are famous. So what that they all have different fathers. Alanas father has been in their life for 8 years and they consider him their father.

count... countrygirlkat

I wouldn't use the word bad but I always think with reality television every parent needs to evaluate whether the pay off for their children will outweigh the possible bad that could come from the children being public figures. 

Rushn311 Rushn311

It's a show? No I don't watch it but wouldnt mind. People that are a hot mess is hilarious to watch!

Tina Goff

It shouldn't be held against them that they are a normal family with a past. June is only in her 30s.  How old is this 'father' supposed to be? You don't stop to think that maybe she was mistreated by him or could have been a victim. Just because he is coming out now to get the spotlight doesn't mean June is going to let him get near her kids.This is a reality show of a different type. If anything it is MORE real than any of the others. Everyone has bodily functions, they will burp, pass gas or sneeze.  There is probably a barrel full of footage from the Kardashians on a cutting room floor where all their burps, farts and sneezes have been cut from the show. It's ridiculous that people want to attack this family because they don't fit into a typical 'tv family' stereotype. They are a loving family, they care about each other & spend time together. You don't see them sitting around watching tv. They do things as a family, they go OUTSIDE & PLAY with their kids. They aren't ignoring each other with their noses in video games.  They are the type of family that existed years ago. When people didn't text each other from across the house. They may be playing in the mud, but they aren't dropping their kids off at practice so a coach can babysit them. I know people who sign their kids up for multiple things so they can have 'time away' from their kids. Look at the older girls, how often do you see teens joking & playing & interested in family time? It's rare. 

bills... billsfan1104

Tina, did you see how Alana acted when her Niece Kaitlyn came. It was soooo adorable. Even Sugar Bear almost shed a tear.

Katie Cuddy Willis

the commet tuna goff made said it all, i could not of said it better myself,not everybody comes from a perfect world like you,

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