Honey Boo Boo Child’s Show Is a Hit, Depressingly

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Honey Boo Boo Child is officially America’s biggest new obsession.

The tot from Georgia has definitely been “redneck-ognized” by fans fascinated with her over-the-top personality (which is probably a product of all that “Go-Go Juice” that she drinks) and crazy catch phrases like “A dolla make me holla!”

Little Alana Thompson and her mother June first gained fame on Toddlers & Tiaras, where the world was introduced to Alana’s odd nickname and the mixture of Mountain Dew and Red Bull that seems to bring out her sassy side. Alana might not do as well at pageants as some of the other Toddlers & Tiaras stars, but TLC recognized that she was something special and gave her and her family their own reality show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Americans were eager to get another glimpse inside Alana’s world—the show scored 2.2 million viewers and ranked No. 1 among all ad-supported cable during its time slot (you know these ratings just have to kill poor Bristol Palin). So why do people find the show so appealing?

Perhaps there just aren’t enough reality shows dedicated to rednecks like the Thompsons—they’re almost the exact opposites of the Kardashians, except Alana does get to get all dolled up like Kim Kardashian occasionally.

The show might also stay popular because it’s like a lot of different reality shows all rolled into one—June is a coupon-cutter with a stockpile (Extreme Couponing); Alana’s 17-year-old sister Chickadee is pregnant (Teen Mom); and Alana participates in pageants (Toddlers & Tiaras).

There also a ton of other reality show crossovers that the Thompson family could go for in the future. Overweight June could try to shed a few pounds with a redneck workout routine (The Biggest Loser); her stockpile could get out of control and start taking over the whole house (Hoarding: Buried Alive); and one of her other kids could develop an odd habit of eating nothing but pigs’ feet or mud (My Strange Addiction). And of course it would be reality show gold if the family ever decided to vacation on the Jersey Shore.

As some of these other shows have proved, America has definitely embraced its oddballs lately, and they don’t come any odder than Miss Boo Boo and her clan. So while the show might promote ignorance (one girl thinks she can lose weight by farting); an unhealthy lifestyle (the family eats way too many cheese puffs and pork rinds); and child exploitation (well, at least Alana hasn’t padded her butt to look like Kim Kardashian in a pageant), it’s not likely that it will be going away anytime soon.

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