Skip to comments.Does “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” Underscore the Pro-Life Message on Abortion?
Posted on 09/22/2013 3:15:55 PM PDT by Morgana
have a confession to make: I watch Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo.
You are now taking a sip of water, clearing your throat, and preparing your diatribe about the sorry state of American culture, the anti-intellectualism that has taken over our society, and something about how the movie Idiocracy is totally coming true and Honey Boo Boo is proof.
Im not saying youre wrong. Im just saying I get it, Ive heard it, my husband says it every day, and I dont care. I like watching Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
Lets go ahead and get this out of the way: the Thompson-Shannon family have some disgusting habits. They burp, fart, and swear. They play a game called Mystery Mouth. (You dont wanna know.) Each of the four daughters of Mama June Shannon has a different father: eighteen-year-old Anna (single mother herself to an infant daughter, Kaitlyn, who was born with an extra thumb on one hand) is the daughter of an ex-con. Sixteen-year-old Jessicas father is a registered sex offender in Georgia. No one seems to know or want to tell who thirteen-year-old Lauryns father is.
Eight-year-old Alana, aka Honey Boo Boo, is the only one of Mama Junes daughters who has a relationship with her father. June and Sugar Bear have cohabited for nine years, and recently pledged their devotion to one another in a televised woodland-camo-bedecked commitment ceremony.
June lived for years off a combination of government assistance and child support checks from the girls various fathers. Shes no stranger to arrest herself passing bad checks and stealing from McDonalds as an employee will get you busted. So will robbing hunting camps ask Sugar Bear, who was sentenced to five years.
So theyre not the Cleavers. Granted. My purpose here is not to defend them as parents. Most of us dont think its a great idea to give a seven-year-old a mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull, with a side of Pixie Stix. I for one dont think its a great idea to feed your children or yourself - sketti, a recipe that calls for naught but spaghetti noodles, margarine, and ketchup.
But just how horrifying are these people really?
A reviewer for Forbes said it well: TLC is trying its hardest to portray Alanas family as a horde of lice-picking, lard-eating, nose-thumbing hooligans south of the Mason-Dixon line, but its not working. It falls flat, because theres no true dysfunction here, save for the beauty pageant stuff.
Truth is, behind the bodily functions and junk food is a family that actually loves each other and has a good time in general. In a television wasteland littered with manipulative, self-involved heiresses and neurotic, nipped-and-tucked housewives, watching a bunch of regular fat people laugh at each others jokes and legitimately enjoy life is, I have to admit, pretty refreshing.
Hank Stuever of The Washington Post said of the show: [It] feels as real to me as the Great Depression images shot by the WPA photographers. And I cant argue. These people for good or ill are real people. Not real as in reality TV. But real as in real neck crust, foot odor, extraneous thumbs and all.
So what does this have to do with the sanctity of life?
June Shannon, a single welfare queen with assorted baby-daddies, is exactly the type of woman who would be encouraged by fauxminists to abort her baby. Im no advocate of a welfare state or serial anonymous baby-making. But Id like to point out that baby number four, Alana, a baby that was a bad idea on paper, is something of a wonder.
Alana is magnificent. In many ways, shes a product of her environment: she says things like bling bling and honey chile. She is also, inexplicably, really smart. Her precocity is sometimes a consternation to the adults in her life. (Witness her trying to convince a manicurist to tell her what menopause is.) And, sure, she can be a bit bratty.
But look: you dont get your own show at age six without having something and shes got it in spades. Shes intuitive, bright, and possessed of not only a sense of humor, but an enviable sense of comedic timing.
Abortion advocates would have applauded the killing of Mama Junes fourth child as a responsible choice, and the world would have been deprived of June and Sugar Bears little blonde anomaly, a child who against all odds has emerged from the obscurity of rural Georgia to become a household name.
Sure, being famous at six years old has its drawbacks, and theres no guarantee Alana will ever have a normal life, or that it will remain as happy as it appears. But with her intelligence and pluck, she has a shot. And we all deserve a shot.
Abortion advocates would also have encouraged then-seventeen-year-old Anna to abort Kaitlyn, the adorable blonde baby girl with the extra thumb. The family evinced nothing but delight at Kaitlyns birth. Barely a mention was made of her deformity. They accepted her the way they accept themselves: with love and glee.
One of my favorite things about the Thompson-Shannon family is their acceptance of themselves. Yes, it has a dark side, but were all human and we all sin, and maybe its just refreshing to see sloth and gluttony represented on reality television weve no dearth of pride, envy, wrath, lust, and greed. In fact, I just summarized an entire season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
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Its borderline heart-warming to view on TV a family of people who admit to being fat and lazy (except Sugar Bear, who works his butt off as a chalk miner) and really dont mind it. There is no sense of self-loathing or envy whatsoever. They are utterly accepting of what they look like and who they are. And, you know what, its really nice to see that.
I suspect at least some of the sniffy, self-satisfied disgust expressed by critics of the show is pure posturing. Talking about how Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is repulsive gives some the same kind of superior feeling as saying grandly, I dont even own a television. And much of the no-holds-barred hatred expressed towards the family and especially little Alana is nothing but ugly snobbery. Calling an eight-year-old a piglet and suggesting she should have been aborted is far more repulsive than being poor and obese.
Im not defending June Shannons past (or current) choices, except for one: whatever her reasons, excuses, or mistakes, Im glad she brought these four crazy and beautiful girls into the world. Yes, I said beautiful. The sketti-based diet and total lack of refinement isnt doing them any favors, but underneath it all, Chickadee, Chubbs, Pumpkin and Honey Boo Boo are pretty. Theyre fun. Theyre funny. Theyre comfortable in their own skin. Im glad they exist.
And even if I wasnt glad they exist even if you arent you cant deny their right to be alive.
I'm not that smart so as it is and I lose IQ points if I even so much as accidentally come across a "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" commercial while flipping through the channels.
She is living inside my head.
This is the most disgusting show I have ever watched a few minutes of (the wife will have it on occasionally and I leave the room)
To be honest not a good model for the pro life movement.
Amazing how we pay these trailer trash to breed and stay stupid.
South Park was way too kind to them.
I’ve never watched this show, and more than likely never will, but I think the article here makes a very good Pro-Life argument. Thanks for posting.
I am now taking a sip of water, clearing my throat, and preparing my diatribe about the sorry state of American culture, the anti-intellectualism that has taken over our society, and how the movie Idiocracy is totally coming true and Honey Boo Boo is proof.
Just the thought of driving through McIntyre Georgia makes me cringe even without the presence of Honey Boo Boo.
No, there are more disgusting shows: housewives of any city, Kardashians, Bridezillas, etc. At least HBB is a true life drama. What you see is what they are. I may not like it but it is better than many other shows.
First of all, that kid, Alana, is the most annoying child I’ve ever seen in my life.
Secondly, the family has a homosexual relative and they all believe there’s nothing wrong with being queer. So I won’t be holding them up as any kind of example. I’m glad they didn’t abort their children, but it would be even better if they were married when they had them.
I have never seen any of those shows save that bridezilla crud that I cought a few minutes of as the wife had it on. As far as that show, it’s no wonder less and less young people are getting married.
> No, there are more disgusting shows: housewives of any city, Kardashians, Bridezillas, etc. At least HBB is a true life drama. What you see is what they are. I may not like it but it is better than many other shows.
Maybe so but to watch Honey Boo Boo you have to lower your IQ 50 points just to tolerate it.
I watch it, too. Reminds me of some extended family members but the good news is there is hope for anyone in this country with luck, talent and guts!
To be honest, the show gives me hope for this generation of welfare queens and baby-daddys to overcome their dysfunction.
I can’t believe there’s someone actually defending watching this. I’ve only heard it described and it repelled me. I pride myself on never having seen it.
Seems mostly wives are watching this crap(including my own sometimes)Just stupid.
How, though? Not one of the Honey Boo-Boo women with kids is married. The mother had some kind of "commitment ceremony" instead of a wedding. I don't see anything here to praise.
I only watched the South Park version of Honey Boo Boo.
I believe it increased my IQ but only by a few points.
But James Cameron raised the bar for us all. Cue James Cameron’s theme
While I am not a watcher of the show I get the point. I happen to be a BIG fan of Duck Dynasty which I think is a wonderful family show that always leaves me feeling like I have watched a bunch of good ol’ boys put one over on the city slickers who think they are so much smarter. The Robertsons are laughing all the way to the bank with a prayer in their heart and a smile on their lips
Well, Honey Boo Boo is on TV and making a ton of money because Mama June had an idea that Alana was “somebody” and worth the effort. That’s “gutsy” and supporting her kid.
Also read that all the money goes to the child, Alana. If the other family members get paid for being hillbillies, good for them. They have an avenue to success out of poverty.
The commitment ceremony was a wedding, which is more than most commit to.
I don’t have a problem with hillbillies or rednecks. I live in rural central Virginia, Southern redneck central. I’m surrounded by some of the best people on earth. And none of them have the gross (lack of) manners practiced by the Boo-Boo clan.
I also don’t mind them making lots of money. Good for them, I say. But I won’t hold them up as any kind of moral example when they admit they approve of homosexuality, and when every female in the show who has borne children is unmarried.
You’re mistaken about that ceremony. It was not a wedding. A “commitment ceremony” doesn’t equate to the taking of marriage vows, no matter how many people do it.
I was at my sister’s house last month and she had it on. I wouldn’t watch it again, but I have to admit I kinda liked Sugar Bear. He seems a decent sort.
It’s the white southern version of Madea.
Your nose is so high in the air I don’t know how you don’t drown when it rains.
You are correct about the HBB bad manners....but the Obamas are crude also so I take that to class level and neither group have any.
As for the HBB clan accepting fags....it’s their family member. Perhaps they hate the sin and love the sinner. I don’t know. Obama seems to love them, too.
More babies today are born out-of-wedlock than ever and I blame Gloria Steinem and her feminist movement as well as the Dems for breaking up the family and marriage. Too many low-income, low-info voters are in this social group and trying to make it “normal”....just like being “gay”.
Neither are normal nor are acceptable in decent society but we are out-numbered. Now my nose is out of joint, too. Thank God it isn’t raining here.
Yeah, the Obamas are trash. What does that have to do with the Boo-Boos?
So my “nose is high in the air” because I don’t approve of their gross behavior? (shrug) Then guilty, and glad of it. But in your next sentence YOU admit their manners are bad, so I guess we’re both snobs, huh?
Actually I suspect their lack of manners might be exaggerated-—a reality show act. If that is the case, then shame on them for playing right into the stereotype that much of the country wants to believe, which is that Southerners are stupid, toothless hillbillies.
The Boo Boos said there is nothing wrong with being “gay”. That’s a plain, simple statement that they approve of queers in general. Obama probably IS a fag, but again, why do you keep bringing him up as though he has something to do with that bunch? I’m not seeing the connection here.
So you blame Gloria Steinem for the Boo-Boos’ unwed pregnancies instead of the women who made the decision to spread their legs? Seriously? Why would you remove the responsibility from the people on whom it belongs? Unless you believe they’re morons who don’t have the sense to understand what they’re doing, in which case you would be the one with your “nose in the air.”
Im not seeing the connection here.
I’m not even seeing the point of this stupid conversation about a stupid TV show so let’s smokem peace pipe and move on. Ted Cruz is doing a Senate filibuster tonight against ObamaCare.......reality TV at its finest and he’s well-mannered.
Fine with me! Peace, my FRiend. Think I will join you in watching Ted.
God bless :)
Nice talking with you. We should start a snob club but we’d probably argue over whose nose is higher. LOL Take care my FRiend!
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