We've finally reached the end... of the beginning. "It Is What It Is" was the finale of Season 1 of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, but TLC renewed the show for a second season and is giving the Thompsons three "HOLLAday" specials for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not that I'm complaining.
With only one episode left of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo (this season, anyway), the editing monkeys are trying to squeeze out some ridiculous quotes while obviously saving the cream of the crop for next week's "family sized" finale. That doesn't mean "Ah-choo!" wasn't fun and disturbing... emphasis on the latter. Here's a quick look at what you're probably very glad you missed:
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo has come under fire for a new reason every single day since it first premiered. Most recently, the Huffington Post reported that some of the people of McIntyre, Georgia, aren't so happy with the way TLC is portraying their town -- sure, the Shannons are crazy, but the b-roll of junkyard cars, stray animals and abandoned buildings are hurtful to the proud people of tiny Southern town. McIntyre's population is about 650 and nearly 40 percent of the families had an income that put them below the poverty level, according to the most recently Census survey, and, as citizen Carolyn Snead puts it, "I don't mind it, it's just that it doesn't give a good image for the county since it is a small county, and it's a really family-oriented county, and we are basically, you know, church goers down here, and a lot of the things they do ... we don't agree with it." I believe that when Snead says "they," she's talking about TLC -- and if that's the case, I agree with her.
There's been some controversy over the news that the Shannon family only makes between $2,000 and $4,000 an episode -- a figure that June scoffs at. To that I say: Good for her. I hope that TLC is shelling out lots of money to this clearly low-income family, especially considering poor Sugar Bear has to work seven days a week to provide for his ladies. Rather than getting too deep into Honey Boo Boo politics, though, let's just enjoy the more bizarre and unsettling moments of "Shh! It's a Wig."
Last week, I was far too devastated to see the removal of Glitzy to even talk about what happened (though he lives on as the new Posh Pigs mascot!) in "What Is a Door Nut?" -- though I will say that watching children get tossed around in/near/by ATVs was at best disconcerting. Fortunately, I've recovered from my Glitzy withdrawal just in time to witness the crazy events of last night's "A Bunch of Wedgies" that further indicate an upcoming apocalypse:
After my initial review, where we could all agree that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is representative of Idiocracy dictating our lives, TLC brought back June and the gang for two more glorious episodes. Last night in "She Oooo'd Herself" and "I'm Sassified!" we saw some extreme couponing, pageant rehearsal, another round of weigh-ins, a baby shower, an anniversary date and Alana buy a new dress. And just in case you didn't watch but what to know the horrifying things that you missed, here are the episode highlights, or, more appropriately, "the signs of the apocalypse."
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