“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” mocks rural South


I have no words for this promo and this show. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo will premiere at 10 p.m. Wednesday on TLC. According to its website:

 The network has now picked up the new series HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO, an inside look into Alana’s world where the six-year-old pageant sensation proves that she is more than a beauty queen. When she’s not chasing after crowns, Alana’s with her family in rural Georgia doing what her family does best: four-wheeling through mud pits and picking up road kill for the family cookout.

Each episode follows Alana and her family: stay-at-home mom June, chalk-mining dad Sugar Bear, and sisters 12-year-old Lauryn “Pumpkin”, 15-year-old Jessica “Chubbs”, and 17-year-old pregnant Anna “Chickadee”. From family outings to loud and crazy family get-togethers, HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO takes us off the pageant stage and into the unapologetically outrageous family life of the Honey Boo Boo clan.

No, this is not a joke. Aside from the obvious poking fun of so-called redneck hobbies such as four-wheeling, it also shows the characters using phrases and enunciation reminiscent in stereotypes of black women in pop culture (finger-waving, neck-rolling while saying honey chil’ or  my baby daddy).

Unfortunately, I can’t say I will watch this spin-off because I don’t really watch Toddlers and Tiaras. The tired stereotypes of rural white Americans as ass-backwards, country bumpkins who speak so poorly that the network has to use captions is just isn’t appealing.