Guilty Television Pleasures: Amy Silverman's Defense of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

Categories: Film and TV
But it's more than that. This is a family. There's a lot of dysfunction in this country (have you sat through an entire episode of Hoarders?) and these people certainly have their fair share. There is no debating the poor nutritional choices "Mama" makes for herself and her kids; and as much as I like a good thrifting experience, the epsiode where they visit the dump (which they call the Department Store) and one of the daughters gets wrapped in a dirty mattress was one of the sickest things I've ever seen. And one can only hope that "Sugar Bear" takes some of that money from TLC and gets to a dentist, stat.

Still, this is a family.

"You can't deny she loves her kids," a dear friend (who shall remain nameless -- you're welcome, dear friend) said the other day, explaining why she, too, can't stop watching. Yes, it was a little excessive when 4-year-old Alana (a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo) and her sisters toilet papered the entire house using the giant supply Mama's amassed by extreme couponing, but it was sweet, too, particularly when the parents got home from an anniversary date and instead of getting mad, cracked up. Then everyone cleaned up the mess together. You don't get more wholesome than that. And a lot of families could take a lesson from it.

Frankly, we could all use a little more Honey Boo Boo, because best of all, the members of that family can laugh at themselves. Now, they may not be laughing after watching how some of that footage was edited (I really doubt that woman actually farted during the taping of the intro to the show) but I hope they get the money they ask for -- and chuckle all the way to the bank.

Particularly since that means there will be another season for me to watch.

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