What does Honey Boo Boo mean for American culture?
First it was her Go-Go Juice on "Toddlers & Tiaras" and now we're getting to know the entire Thompson family via "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" -- like a trainwreck we can't turn away. Does the show's popularity reflect changing American cultures?
It's just one show. I think there are a lot pointless shows on t.v. but they entertain somebody and that's what's important I suppose. Not everything makes sense and there is a lot worse out there that I'd be worried about. I don't think it influences anybody to want to be like their family and it just reflects a super small population.
I think that go-go juice stuff is crazy. I was shocked when I saw that. I can't wait to see what the future holds for television after this and some other shows i've seen in recent years haha.
It makes American's aware that these families do exist. Living in Texas, I've seen a few myself but they normally stay away from the cities. Mothers with each child from a different father, bathroom humor used every 5 to 10 minutes, etc. Honestly, this is a little regular for me to see each year...
Thanks for your response. I'm interested -- do you think there was a *need* for Americans to become aware of these "types" of families? Does this awareness enhance our culture?
No, I don't believe it enhances our culture, just makes them aware.
American culture is awful. These people make Americans look pathetic on the outside BUT the one good thing about this family is that they love each other. There isn't much love in any other reality shows.
I lived in the US until I was 28 and moved to Canada. Most Americans aren't as seemingly uneducated and unable to articulate like this family.
Bread and circuses. Most notably, it demonstrates that Americans value those who make a living by using their bodies / appearance. Contrarily, there is almost no appreciation for intellectuals. It saddens me to live in a society wherein citizens can name a half-dozen super models but not one of their children's teachers.
I find it disturbing and exploitative. It's called "entertainment" but it's at the expense of a family's dignity. We are not laughing with them, we are laughing AT them and shaking our heads. I wrote a hub about this whole shift in how women and girls are being portrayed on television and how we have lost sight of acceptable images to which we should be exposing our girls. I agree, however, with LilaDaley that the only saving grace is that they do love each other. I've witnessed the same with the Kardashian clan and have to respect that about them. The love in the Kardashian family actually caused me to like them and occasionally watch the show.
I wouldn't believe everything you see on TV. Take a look at the people and the world around you. You don't see many of those eccentric lunatics. They managed to get on TV for a reason; and it is not because they are typical Americans.
It's a terrible thing, this "mockumentary" of declining human culture.
It's sort of showing the world how much things have gone down hill. I personally heard of Honey Boo Boo through watching South Park. That episode hit the nail on the head when it poke fun of standards dropping and dignity/pride.
by alexandriaruthk 6 years ago
Reality TV - Why is Honey Boo Boo so popular?Is this a sign that people are fed up with political and other news that they just watch reality TV. What makes Honey boo Boo ticks?
by TheHoleStory 6 years ago
Has everybody got their watch & scratch card for the new Honey Boo Boo show?I got mine out of "People" magazine for Wednesday's upcoming show!
by NiaG 6 years ago
What is the fascination to Honey Boo Boo even til this day?What is continuing viewers to watch her? Do people feel some sort of connection with her? Or is our cultural falling more behind and "dumbing down" on what we accept as entertainment?
by brittvan22 5 years ago
If you saw, Here comes Honey Boo Boo, what did you think?They obviously did not promote the go-go juice yet, but there were plenty of antics thusfare that were crazy. Redneck games, mud, teen pregnancy, ill-manners, almost illiterate, etc. What did you think of the premiere episode.
by Sonneborn 6 years ago
What the hell is this Honey Boo Boo that I keep hearing about?I feel like I might regret asking.
by Holle Abee 6 years ago
I was just reading some exceprts from his latest book. I thought he was supposed to be the one journalist who isn't biased?
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