Poppy, my life growing up was NOTHING like the shows we've mentioned as what we miss. But they taught me that there is a BETTER way to live than the dysfunction that surrounded me.
I wonder what people learn from Honey Boo Boo's family? "See, Mom, it's OKAY for the pig to poop on the table! Honey Boo Boo's mom wasn't upset!" (I, on the other hand would have turned that table into kindling and gone out to buy a new one.)
June is teaching those kids to be comfortable with their bodies to the point that one of them is pregnant, right? Maybe a lesson in proper public behavior and self-respect would be in order. Sorry I don't find anything admirable about these people.
I didn't even watch the Gosselins because I didn't like how she spoke to her husband. This is a whole 'nother level of horrible. I just find the whole thing pathetic and sad.
I was posting on the RHONJ thread and ness happened to mention this show. I'd never heard about it, so she suggested I look through the thread.
I did go through it. I've never seen Tiaras and Toddlers or any of the latest TLC samplings. Haven't watched the channel since Trading Spaces and What Not to Wear.
I did go ahead and look the Boo Boo girl up online. She looked like a beautiful little doll when she was all dressed up. I was surprised to see how she looked without the makeup. But, then, that's probably why they put all that makeup on. I've still not watched the show. Not sure that I'm ready for it.
Surprisingly enough when I was reading the Sunday Times today, they had an article on this show. Really good article.
Virtual stoning of Honey Boo Boo's mom is ridiculous: Perspective - latimes.com
I agree with the article. Ymmv
I have not seen the show yet..makes me laugh that there are already ten pages of comments
Thanks for the link, noreality!
In the sense that Ada Calhoun's article presents another viewpoint on the HBB juggernaut, it IS good.
I remember one of the things she said in her article was that HBB's mom really loves her, and the family loves each other (or words to that effect).
Even in this thread, while some have admitted watching this show and T&T (I can't say I've watched either), and liking neither one (IIRC), there are also even-handed appraisals here in those same posts that indicate that June really does seem to love HBB and all her family, for that matter.
BUT . . .
I think, in my humble estimation, the train goes off the tracks with this show (and T&T), June, HBB and the rest of the clan with a lot of people when:
1. HBB is apparently shown being tanked up by Mama Boo on Pixie Stix, and/or a mixture of Red Bull and Mountain Dew to make her "perform" better in pageants. Let me put it this way . . . I've had grown MEN tell me they couldn't drink Red Bull because it sent them straight through the roof, and they couldn't handle it. Grown. MEN. This child is, what, six years old? How is that to be construed as good parenting, I wonder?
2. I seem to remember posts here that indicate the child is already overweight. And, yep, she sure looked like it to me when I happened to see promos and clips advertising the show, I have to admit. So, for BREAKFAST, this loving mother allows this child to eat CHEESE PUFFS? So, since she's ALREADY overweight (at SIX YEARS OLD!), how much more weight will she pile on in the coming years, eating like this? How can Ms. Calhoun equate this scenario with good parenting, in ANY universe, or mind set?
3. Ms. Calhoun says in her article that June seems to enjoy her chalk-miner husband? Hmmm. Last I heard/read, although they've been together eight years, Sugar Bear Boo Boo is NOT married to Mama Boo Boo. Maybe she should've checked that out before she printed that statement?
4. And I suppose that Ms. Calhoun thinks it's an example of good parenting on June's part to have HBB "holla for dollas" while standing on a table (or bar?) in an establishment that sells liquor? A six-year-old child?
5. And let's not even bring up the pig and the dining room table.
And so on, and so forth.
JMHO, but if June Thompson is being "virtually stoned" right now about her parenting style and choices, then so be it. She's the one who opened the door for the "virtual stoning".