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Do you let your kids watch Honey Boo Boo? How do they react to the show?

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I Let My Sheltered, White-Bred Kids Watch 'Honey Boo Boo' & Now They Wish They Were Rednecks

Posted by Cynthia Dermody on October 9, 2012 

All Honey Boo Boo familyfamilies are different. Honey Boo Boo's family is very different, at least from mine, and not in a good way or a bad way -- just an ohmygah so drastically different way. I mean, they are rednecks, y'all, and proud of it. Good for them. And my kids ... well ... my kids are just about the exact opposite of redneck. They are not rich or spoiled by any stretch, but we live in the suburbs of the East Coast, in a town that has blue-ribbon schools, shop at the local farmers' market every Saturday, and put a lot of emphasis on sports, fitness, and health. We do not feed our newborns soda, shop from a dumpster, keep recliners in our front yard, or refer to a part of a woman's anatomy as a "biscuit" ... you get the idea.

With all the attention Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is getting, I was dying to know how my sheltered, white-bred, middle-class 9-year-old and 7-year-old would react to a bunch of hillbillies from McIntyre, Georgia. We don't get out much (all those organized sports), so I broke the "one hour of carefully monitored television viewing, weekends only" rule and let them watch two episodes of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo while recording their running commentary:

Oh my gosh.

Are they sort of big?

You wouldn't let us do that, Mom. You'd give us a consequence.

Which one is the mom?

They're rich. They get to do everything. Fun stuff.

They're so lucky, they have a dog.

What the heck?

Did you see her neck?

She doesn't have a neck.

Ew. They are taking stuff from the garbage. They are littering, too.

What are they eating?

They are about as rich as us, maybe a little less.

I'd like to get that pool.

How does a teenager that age not know how to spell "lemonade"?

They talk funny.

They're from the South, that's how they talk there.

She has one big belly.

That is so disgusting.

That is ice cream. They eat ice cream and ketchup.


I would hate a meal like that.


I bet nobody in this state would have that. Literally, ever.

Is that pasta?

She screams like crazy.

They have tons of toilet paper. It's like a whole shop.

I don't know why he's called Sugar Bear.

That is one rude family.


They are different from all other families.

That's a big couch. And they are lazy.

Their mom is about four times the size of me.

The great thing about this experiment was that my kids came into this without any judgment, and left the same way, which made me really proud of them. They were simply fascinated by a family who looks, acts, and lives so differently from them. I actually felt at times like they were jealous, wished they lived more simply and carefree like June and her clan -- had less of the structured chaos of organized sports, homework, and playdates and more lazing around the pool all day, laughing about passing gas, eating junk food ... exactly what my kids would do all day if their parents weren't around forcing them to go to school and eat their bananas and stuff.

I didn't bother to mention to my kids that Honey Boo Boo and her family are now making $50,000 an episode, and will likely end up way "richer" than my family will ever be if they play their cards right. That's a lesson for another day.

Do you let your kids watch Honey Boo Boo? How do they react to the show?

by on Oct. 10, 2012 at 9:45 AM
Replies (21-30):
by on Oct. 11, 2012 at 1:38 PM

i have never seen it and don't want to.

by on Oct. 11, 2012 at 2:10 PM

 No way.  I can hardly stand it!

by on Oct. 11, 2012 at 2:50 PM

I will not let my kids watch that.

It's ridiculous what they put on tv :-/

by on Oct. 11, 2012 at 4:34 PM
I wont watch it, dont want to encourage that crap on t.v.
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by on Oct. 11, 2012 at 4:46 PM

 I don't watch it, so my kids don't. 

by on Oct. 11, 2012 at 4:52 PM

 I won't let myself watch it.  lol

by on Oct. 11, 2012 at 5:05 PM

I have no desire to watch it.

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by on Oct. 11, 2012 at 7:48 PM

If he did watch it, I would be saying things like, "This is how you dont want to be when you grow up." 

by on Oct. 11, 2012 at 8:00 PM

We did watch it a few times.  The two year old loves her and the older two girls are fascinated in a horror struck way.

by on Oct. 11, 2012 at 8:43 PM

My kids dont watch it. Its on late at night, here. I think they have some horrible manners, and unhealthy ways of living. My dh wont allow it to be on the tv. I have watched once or twice while he was sleeping though. 

I thought it was nice that they put together that ridiculous santa thing so that they could get food and toys for people that werent well off in their community. 

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