I saw this article and thought "It can't be THAT bad, can it?". So I watched the show last night.I was expecting awful and found a family that enjoys life and loves each other. Alana is a bit bratty, but she's also endearing, and the Mom may be a bit of a stage mom, but she appears grounded.Is it over the top? Yes. Are the TLC producers slimy for filming it? Yes. But I have a general feeling that the family will be fine when this is all and said and done, and will not go the way of "Kate", several "Teen Moms" and any assorted Real World cast members.
Thank god for that review, because I had seen a few Twitter jokes about Honey Boo Boo and had no idea what they were about. I gathered from context that it was a reality show, but in my head, it was basically Queen of Jordan from 30 Rock. Incidentally, I don't want to get anybody in trouble by explaining how it is that I half-watched a half-episode of Beverly Hills Nannies, but it is exactly like Queen of Jordan, right down to the transparently staged conflict and the hangers-on desperately trying to pimp their catch phrases.
If the family in Honey Boo Boo is reality, Idiocracy and Wall-E are not visions of some dystopian future, any more than they are of a dystopian present.
Favorite Queen of Jordan line? "My new single, 'My New Single Is Dropping,' is dropping."
It's reminiscent of my favorite round name on the new Facebook You Don't Know Jack--"Cookie's Fortune Cookie Fortunes with Cookie 'Fortune Cookie' Masterston!"
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I don't always follow Tim Goodman regularly (his tone can be a tad unsavory to me, at times), but he's right on here. His seeming fixation on their weight was a bit odd, either as a focus or a tic, but his commentary on the depraved, leering nature of the program really hit home for me.
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