‘Honey Boo Boo’ Heads to Europe & That Could Be Bad News for America

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A personality as big as Honey Boo Boo's can't be confined to just the United States. The little hillbilly beauty queen is going international. TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is on its way to Eastern Europe, Australia, the Netherlands, Italy, and Latin America. In Poland, it's already #3. This is very good news for the family, but perhaps not so great for the rest of us.

I love that it means more cash for Boo Boo’s bank account. Mama has said she sets everything they earn in a trust for her. That will undoubtedly come in handy when she's too old for the pageant circuit. But now that the show's crossing into other countries, I worry about how her hijinks may reflect on the rest of us

I personally think Honey Boo Boo is hilarious. Yes, her family is crass, but beneath all the redneck shenanigans is a very loving group. The most important lessons from the show -- be yourself, be kind, be proud, be confident -- are often overshadowed by the sporadic farting, unappetizing meals (Sketti, anyone?), and crazy behavior. International viewers may not be able to look past it either. Already producers worry much may get lost in translation. Many of the countries plan to use subtitles and voiceovers, but I wonder how phrases like "A dolla make me holla" and "You better redneckognize" will actually translate?

It's weird to think that while we import Downton Abbey, other continents are airing our most low-brow television shows. You go to Venice or Hong Kong and they don't have any idea who celebrated newsman Charlie Rose is, but everyone knows Snooki and The Situation. It's kind of sad and more than a little embarrassing. Of course I understand why our reality stars are so popular abroad -- these people will do anything in front of the camera. Isn't that why we love it too? But my fear is that some viewers will make broad generalizations about American behavior based on what they see on TV. And I think we all know these shows don't reflect anything near "reality" for most of us.

What do you think international viewers will think of Honey Boo Boo?

 

Image via TLC

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nonmember avatar Ren

Could we have a more disgusting ambassador-family from the US?? YUCK!

tuffy... tuffymama

Gross. There is no hope for our image on the world stage.

zmont... zmontague

To the commenters, if you actually watch the show, and look passed their appearance, you will see that they are very loving people with good family values. They don't judge other on appearances, or their sexuality, unlike you.  So get off your high horses, and don't judge a book by its cover.

Tammy Jarvis

girl giving flowerApparently they are a very happy family. I think they may just add a little bit extra of the gross parts like farting n burping just to give viewers a bit more to be disgusted about.


 I think your all jealous because they are making money and your not!


zmontague-"So get off your high horses, and don't judge a book by its cover."


I don't think they are judging any one of the family members by the cover, they are all an open book. Lol


 


 

CPN322 CPN322

Other countries already look down on us and have access to numerous reality tv series that make us look bad. This probably won't make much of a difference.


zmontague - I agree. I hadn't watched in a while before last night and was reminded of just how much love is in that family. They are good people. Crude? A bit. I definitely felt bad for the camera crew everytime they farted because they eat some pretty awful things.

nonmember avatar Tom

She is an obnoxious child. Exploiting a child in this manor for profit is just wrong. I pity her when she reaches the age when others will never let her live this persona down. I see more psychological damage then good no matter how you perceive their happiness. The roll models for our children today is less then stellar in all areas of entertainment and this girl proves my point.

Tanst... Tanstaafl2

Last year, I was seeing commercials for "Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo!" and "Shark Week" at the same time.  Lord forgive me, but I couldn't help thinking THERE was a pair of shows I'd love to see combined.

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