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Who is Honey Boo Boo?

Updated on June 13, 2015
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Just Who is Honey Boo Boo Child?

Who is Honey Boo Boo Child and why is she famous? Love her or hate her Honey Boo Boo is one hot topic. 'Who is Honey Boo Boo?' was one of the most asked questions of Google in 2012. I didn't know who Honey Boo Boo is so I thought I'd better get aquainted with just who Honey Boo Boo (or Honey Boo Boo Child, as she calls herself) is and why she's so darn popular.

Boy did I dig up some stuff!

I found out that Honey Boo Boo is Alana Thompson a child beauty queen, and that she stars in reality TV show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo along with her family, mother, 'Mama June', father 'Sugar Bear' and three sisters. But it doesn't end there. Mud is slung, babies are born, rumours are spread.

Love her or loath her? This is one little lady who generates a whole lot of opinions about herself and her family - some good, some bad and some just plain ugly. It's obvious that a load of folk love the little lady, but there's also a gang of guys out there just set to knock her down. So what is the truth about Honey Boo Boo Child? Beauty or Beast? I'd like to know what you think.

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Honey Boo Boo Latest - Thompson family in Car Crash - see report and video below!

Honey Boo Boo Family in Car Accident

The New Year got off to a crashing start for the Thompson family

6th January 2014 the HBB family came out of a car crash in Milledgeville, Georgia shaken but sore according to Mama June Thompson. "Sugar Bear" Thompson (Alana's father) was driving at the time that a truck came through a red light into the the Thompson family car.

Along with Alana and her father and mother were her sisters, Lauryn (called Pumpkin) Shannon and Jessica (called Chubbs) Shannon were all in the car at the time of the accident. They were whisked off to hospital for a check-up and, as they were all relatively OK after the car crash, their first priority was 14 year old Pumpkin's birthday. Happy Birthday Pumpkin!

What the Media are Saying about the Honey Boo Boo Car Crash - Are they making too big a deal of this?

They are calling this 'bump' a "fender-bender" and tell how shaken the family were, but are they making too big a deal of this accident?

A taste of Honey Boo Boo Child

what the media are saying about the Honey Boo Boo car crash


So Who Is Honey Boo Boo And Why Is She Famous?

Find out who Honey Boo Boo is

Why is Honey Boo Boo popular? She's certainly caught the public imagination. Cast your eye down this page, take a look at the videos and check out her family. All the ingredients of fame are there - gutsy, outgoing and amusing child, interesting pro-active parents and a great deal of savvy promotion.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

Reality TV Show

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is TLC's hugely successful reality television show staring the then six-year-old Alana Thompson. The show mainly takes place at the family home and the hometown of McIntyre, Georgia, United States.

The regulars in the show are Honey Boo Boo of course, her mother, June "Mama" Shannon, father Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson and sisters Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon, Anna "Chickadee" Shannon, Jessica "Chubbs" Shannon and little Kaitlyn "Baby Kaitlyn" Shannon. Other stars of the show are Lee "Uncle Poodle" Thompson, Tony "Crazy Tony" Lindsey and Tyson Jackson.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo! - Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Episode One from Season One DVD

This is My Crazy Family
This is My Crazy Family

This is My Crazy Family" is first episode from the first season of the fabulously popular "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" TV reality show.

Honey Boo Boo introduces us to her family and her home in Georgia. Summer is here and the summer games are in full swing ......

Runtime is 22 minutes

First shown in August 2012 on TLC network.

This season is also available in HD


Do You Know Who Honey Boo Boo Is? - What is Honey Boo Boo and why is she famous?

Everyone is asking the questions who is she, what is the HBB show and why is she famous. What do you know about this little girl that has captured everyones attention?

Have you already heard of Honey Boo Boo?

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Honey Boo Boo Wedding Do - Mama June and Sugar Bear get wed - or did they??

Honey Boo Boo's Mom, June Shannon (33) married her partner Sugar Bear (Mike Thompson aged 41) on Sunday the 5th of May (International Scrapbooking Day!) in a budget bargain basement

Cinco de Mayo fiesta wedding shindig. It was no big deal money-wise: June's sister baked the cake and they splashed most of the cash on a BIG BBQ.

They got it together nine years ago after meeting in an on-line chat room - hey, that really does work? - and now here they are with dress and neon roses and cake and all the family - but for what? Did they really do the act or was it all just talk and show? June and her Sugar Bear are just not telling.

Centre stage in pink tull and looking good enough to eat was you know who - Honey Boo Boo. My, that child gets everywhere!

And Honey Boo Boo's Mama's advice to her girls? "Never settle for a man who doesn't treat you right." Mama June is one wise woman!

Wedding bells ring for Mama June

"If a man doesn't love everything about you, move on," says Mama June.

Don't hang around with a man that doesn't treat you right, says Mama June.

(I'm getting to like this lady more and more!)

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Season 1 Episode 1 This Is My Crazy Family

Have You Seen 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'? - What do you think of it?

Have you seen Here Comes Honey Boo Boo on TV?

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Toddlers and Tiaras - Children in beauty pageants

Honey Boo Boo began her stage career as a child beauty queen on the TLC reality television show Toddlers & Tiaras is an American reality television series on TLC January 27, 2009. The series follows the families and children who take part in child beauty pageants.

Contraversial - controversy is the lifeblood of reality TV - and causing a huge stir when young girls are trained to act out adult rolls. One child became the centre of a custody fight in August 2012 where psychologists were dragged into the whole performance. Apparently one mother on the show padded out her daughter's chest to look like Dolly Parton. It has even been called a show for paedophiles.

Honey in Toddlers and Tiaras - you got to admidt she's got get-up-and-go

Tiny Beauty Queens - What a business!

Georgia's Most Beautiful Girls: Going for Gold
Georgia's Most Beautiful Girls: Going for Gold

Honey Boo Boo takes part in Georgia's Most Beautiful Girls pageant, Atlanta, Georgia

Original air date: August 08, 2012

Network: TLC


What Do You Think About Child Beauty Queens? - Cute or child abuse?

Are Child Beauty Queens Just Good Fun?

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About Honey Boo Boo Child and her Family

Where did they find Honey Boo Boo? Honey BooBoo is from McIntyre, Georgia

Honey Boo Boo was born Alana Thompson in McIntyre, Georgia on the 28th .August 2005 and she shot to fame in TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras show about beauty queens.

June Shannon became a mother at the age of 15.

On July 26, Honey Boo Boo's 18-year-old sister Chickadee gave birth to a baby girl named Kaitlyn, who happened to be born with two thumbs on her right hand

Amazingly hard to find biographical information about the family. Nobody seems to be very concerned with the reality of this reality-show star - I'll continue the search and post later!

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

What's 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' all about?

Famous for farting? Is this how June Shannon became a star?

Is the show really 'rednexploitation'? Is it aimed at a snobby audience ready to laugh at the poor? There are actually subtitles - is this because there's doubt that the audience will understand this 'breed' of humanity?

Food and food issues pop up all over. Clearly June has a big weight problem and the rest of the family, including Alana, seem to be going the same way. Is the weight issue class-related? Look at all the hullabaloo about the Honey Boo Boo Go-Go juice. Is this all part of appalling mothering? What about the supposed lack of parenting skills? Is this really a disfunctional family? There are many more questions to pose about Honey Boo Boo et al.

According to Christina Stiehl on Hollywood Life (see link below) both of Alana Thompson's parents have criminal records and both have spent time in gaol / jail. It turns out that each time it was for debt and burglary. Natural consequences of poverty?

There are also constant accusations of child abuse. Are they true or false?

When Alana's 18-year-old sister Anna gave birth to baby Kaitlyn there was yet more to talk about. What about Honey Boo Boo's niece being born with three thumbs and then being given caffein-loaded Mountain Dew Code Red to drink? Truth or fiction?

I think the family is doing a good job of hauling themselves out of the misery of poverty!

What do You Think?

Is Honey Boo Boo and family making good - or doing bad?

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Mama June and Family - Shrewd and grounded?

It has been reported that the family is paid a salary of $50,000 per episode, and Alana Thompson's own net worth is $300,000. This interview with Mama June shows her to be money-savvy.

Mama June has money sense!

Is Her Family Exploiting Honey Boo Boo? - Or are they providing for her future in an uncertain world?

Child exploitation or great business opportunity?

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What the Doctors says about Alana's weight and health

And did Honey Boo Boo Smack Dr Drew? - Well, not really!

The video on YouTube showing the smacking incident has gone but , really, not a smack - more a tap. Honey was being anoyed a bit and so ..... she strikes back - a bit. It must be tough to be Honey.

Is Honey Boo Boo One Spoilt Child? - Or are they asking too much of a seven year old?

Do you think Honey Boo Boo is 'a spoilt little madam'?

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Dr. Drew Tries Honey Boo Boo's Go-Go Juice - What should children be eating and drinking?

Honey Boo Boo juice, called 'Go Go' juice seems to be a mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull - to give her the extra energy she needs to be a toddler beauty queen. Well, we can see how well that worked out.

Honey Boo Boo's Halloween

Halloween is a great family celebration and kids just love it. Wouldn't this be a great Halloween gift that everyone could enjoy together?

A Very Boo Halloween
A Very Boo Halloween

Anyone who thinks that Honey Boo Boo child is a little monster might relish dressing up as Honey Boo Boo at Halloween.

Anyone who thinks she's sweet and sassy might also love to be pink 'n' cute like our little Honey child.


Honey Boo Boo .... - Love her or hate her?

OK, you've seen the videos and read the story - what do you think about Honey Boo Boo?

Are You a Fan of Honey Boo Boo?

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Johnny Depp is a Fan - Which other famous people and celebrities love Honey Boo Boo?

According to the Huffington Post, Johnny Depp tells us that he watches the TV show 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'. Depp's latest claim to fame is his starring role as the 'Lone Ranger'. Who else loves to love this sweet child?

  1. Johnny Depp
  2. Bristol Palin - contestant in 'Dancing With the Stars'
  3. Anderson Cooper - Talk show host
  4. Rosie O'Donnell
  5. Tina Fey
  6. Britney Spears
  7. Snooki

Moves to Ban Child Beauty Contests

France to ban beauty pageants for children

Unease about the exploitation and sexualization of young girls came to a head in France when Vogue featured 10-year-old French model Thylane Loubry Blondeau dressed in glamorous adult clothing.

Calls for this to be outlawed bore fruit when the French Senate voted in September 2013 to ban beauty pageants for all children under the age of sixteen. Typically they wield a huge stick and threaten anyone entering a child or running beauty contests prison sentences of up to two years in prison and fines up to 30,000 euros (some reports say $40,000). Other countries may follow suit.

It's true! Honey is coming to the UK!

Brits Watch Our for Honey Boo Boo!

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo begins on 14th May at 9pm on TLC

According to the telegraph, Honey Boo Boo will be coming to Britain - I can't wait! What will Britain make of this 'redneck' show?

The series launches on 14th July 2013 (yes, Bastille day!) at 10am - 10:30am on the new channel TLC. The family fortunes are followed from their hometown in rural Georgia. Repeated next Sunday.

All I've got to do now is figure out how to watch it.

What Do You Think Of Honey Boo Boo? - (Or Honey Bo Bo - how do you spell BOO?)

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      Loretta Livingstone 

      4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Well, it's good that the money they are making goes into a trust fund for each of the kid, but it isn't something I would want to watch. I'm not keen on families living out their lives for the tv audience. At least I now know a little more about this child.

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      5 years ago

      Just so that Brits know, the dialogue captions on the show are required in America too, in order to understand them. There is at least one American show that is worse --- Toddlers and Tiaras. Truly bordering on child abuse.

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      Erin Mellor 

      5 years ago from Europe

      I do feel a bit uncomfortable with a child star like this, history tells us it's unlikely to end well for her.

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      Rose Jones 

      5 years ago

      This makes me sad. Yuck. Pageants should only be allowed for adults.

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      Angela F 

      5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Not a fan, although it doesn't surprise me that Bristol Palin and Snooki are.

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      Barbara Walton 

      5 years ago from France

      @anonymous: Thanks for dropping by and leaving a few of your thoughts on the Honey Boo Boo show, Tipi. I do wonder which would be worse - having to perform like they do or live a life of relentless grinding poverty. At least they can pay to get their eyes fixed to see or hips replaced to walk. Money isn't just about superficial things.

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      5 years ago

      These folks found a gig that works and they are playing it to the hilt...and making it big time, so good for them for now, even though I don't see the attraction at all. I hope she grows up to be a happy and fulfilled person with good memories and isn't the mess that so many child celebrities become. It's a head scratcher for me! I guess I wonder about the cost of what may be considered success and it makes me a little sad.

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      Barbara Walton 

      5 years ago from France

      @julieannbrady: Hi JaguarJulie. Can't say I'm a fan exactly, but I admire the fact that they have marketed themselves so well.

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      Barbara Walton 

      5 years ago from France

      @gene-0 lm: It does seem like an alien world to me, gene-0. I think it is important to keep a foot in the real world.

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      Barbara Walton 

      5 years ago from France

      @renagirl: At first I was put off by all the showmanship but when I looked into it further the picture was much more complicated.

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      Gardener Don 

      5 years ago

      Just a heads up - the first 3 videos have been taken down by You Tube. I have a 5 yr old grandson who did a Google search on Mom's Ipad for Boo Boo, but misspelled it to Boob Boob - you can imagine what got returned.

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      Barbara Walton 

      5 years ago from France

      @GardenerDon: Thanks for the heads up, gardenerdon. The videos seem to be taken off fairly frequently. Dear me - what a boo boo!

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      5 years ago

      I am not a "fan" of Honey Boo Boo ... rather makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck ... or something. I don't get the draw for this kind of reality show!

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      gene-0 lm 

      5 years ago

      I just do not get it. But thanks for getting up to speed on. I feel so out of touch with pop culture

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      chi kung 

      5 years ago

      @BLouw: there are tons of poor people but they would not exploit their children - worse still to make her so spoiled and having no norm, no human behavior any more just stupidity at its worst

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      5 years ago

      I like honey booboo and her family .They are just down to earth people I like your lens to

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      Barbara Walton 

      5 years ago from France

      @anonymous: I agree aj. I also think the whole thing is problematic for women in general. what are we doing to our girls? Still, being poor in America can't be much fun either. Being financially secure CAN buy you health care, good housing, education and can release you from money worries and debt. some debate huh?

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      Barbara Walton 

      5 years ago from France

      @moonlitta: Not sure the family is that ordinary - how many people would put their six year old girls in for beauty contests? It does all make you think though. Thanks for the comment moonlitta.

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      5 years ago

      I had to click the off button on the first video - I have 3 daughters but no way would I put them through anything like this. This is huge child exploitation, that can only damage the child.

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      5 years ago

      First time I hear about it- it's a bit sad. Why would people need a reality TV show about an ordinary family and make a parody out of it?

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      5 years ago

      I keep hearing so much about this show. I need to check it out.

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      Barbara Walton 

      5 years ago from France

      @MartiLawrence: Thank you so much for your comment, Marti. I do think it's a much more complex subject than I imagined when I began to find out who Honey Boo Boo is!

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      Marti Lawrence 

      5 years ago from Grain Valley, Missouri

      Great lens! I had seen one or two of the shows, but I thought it was kind of exploitative, so didn't watch any more. They are certainly interesting though and you did a great job explaining their family and the program!

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      Barbara Walton 

      5 years ago from France

      @BarbaraCasey: I'm intrigued. Will be interesting to know what happens next. Thanks for visiting and blessing Barbara.

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      Barbara Walton 

      5 years ago from France

      @Frischy: Thanks so much Frischy, for leaving these comments. I suppose the problem is the audience rather than the programmers. I began looking into this simply because I seemed to be the only person who didn't know who Honey Boo Boo was, but now I realise that it touches on so many of the big issues of our age - feminism, poverty, media, psychology, inequality, food and the food industry ..... I could go on.

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      Barbara Walton 

      5 years ago from France

      @ismeedee: There seem to be so many exploitative programmes like that. I wonder how low they'll stoop. I feel sorry for the family - but envious of the cash!

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for the info. I wondered about all the Honey BooBoo hoopla... and now I know as much as I care to. I like your "public service announcement" approach to the whole thing.

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      5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I had to watch a video a few weeks ago to see what Honey Boo Boo was, since I kept hearing about it. I thought maybe it was a stripper. A little girl?! These shows try to be as outrageous as possible, but they are really a sad commentary on American life. Can't we find something uplifting to watch? Maybe these days especially we all need some inspiration. I guess we can watch Honey Boo Boo and think, "Well, I'm not that bad, so I guess I am okay." That's pretty depressing.

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      5 years ago

      I don't particularly have any opinion of the child or the family, just think this is the crappiest of crappy tv!!!


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