COLUMN: Honey Boo Boo captured my heart


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She’s the curly-haired blonde girl who we’ve seen compete in pageants on TLC’s Toddlers and Tiaras.

But on Aug. 8, we saw “Honey Boo Boo," also known as Alana Thompson, grace us with her presence elsewhere on her very own television show called “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

When I first saw commercials previewing the series premiere, I thought to myself there is no way I am going to watch it. I thought it looked ridiculous and couldn’t even understand why TLC would create such a show.
However, soon enough, the show premiered and I couldn’t help but watch at least a snippet of what all the hype was about. Not too long after I started watching, I kept asking myself why hadn’t I changed the channel already.
As I continued to watch, I couldn’t help but find humor in Alana’s family by realizing that this family really is that loud and in your face type. They are unlike any other family on TV or in real life that I have come across and I think that’s what kept my eyes glued to the channel.
My original opinion was the show was going to be just plain stupid, rather than stupid funny, but it turns out I was wrong. Watching Alana and her family made it pretty easy to tell they are not your average, everyday family.

They are a family who goes bobbing for pig's feet at an annual “redneck” festival held near their hometown, had a pet pig named “Glitzy” and even wash their hair in their kitchen sink.

While I can’t say I would find enjoyable the things they do or even understand why they do some of those things, they are a family that has something about them that leaves some people, myself included, wondering and wanting more.
It’s a show I have a love-hate relationship with, but somehow Honey Boo Boo has captured my attention and made her way onto my TV every Wednesday night.

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