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Mama, June, the overweight head of the household, maintains a self-described ‘redneck’ abode. From washing their hair in the sink to owning a pig named Glitzy, whom Alana decided was gay after it was pointed out that he was a boy…with a tiara. There are three daughters, all trying to start up their diets, just like their mom. Mama’s ‘baby daddy’ Sugar Bear, sits quietly throughout most of the episodes. The most emotion he has shown was when his 16-year-old daughter gave birth to her six-fingered baby.
Needless to say, the whole family has been a source of ridicule from across the globe. People watch the show to see a train wreck unfold. They think this family is oblivious to the real world, that they don’t see the criticism. But they do. They have a television (Mama’s three oldest daughters spend most of their time in front of it) and they know what the world says about them. People just can’t wrap their heads around the fact that they just don’t care.
In most people’s eyes, this family represents the lowest of low: living, literally right next to the train tracks. They’ve got a super couponer for a mother, a six-year-old pageant girl and a 16-year-old mom in the family, the show seems a cautionary tale. But this family should be seen in a new light. They know that a TV show was made about them for laughs, so people could see how the other half lives, but they couldn’t care less. And they are cashing in on it, earning somewhere between $15,000 and $20,000 an episode (according to TMZ’s website).
People can learn a lesson from Honey Boo Boo and her family. It’s refreshing to see a family on television that isn’t drenched in makeup and designer clothes, (cough cough Kardashians). This show is real. The cast is the epitome of a happy family that doesn’t care what other people think. America, and the world for that matter, could learn a lesson from the Honey Boo Boo family, and forget what other people think.