While everyone else is busy pretending they hated the season premiere of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
and denouncing the future of America, I'm just going to go ahead and say it: I love
Honey Boo Boo and everything she stands for. She and her
Mountain Dew guzzling, cheese ball scarfing redneck family just happen to also be progressive, lovely people who teach their children that
tummies are beautiful and it doesn't matter how many chins you have as
long as you're happy.
the first episode of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," a show dedicated
entirely to documenting the ridiculousness of the Thompson family, they
proved their flippancy when they proudly weighed themselves on national
television. One of the four daughters decides she wanted to lose weight
(subsequently, her nickname is "Chubbs") and asked her very large mother
if she would join. The mother's response was music to my ears. It was
perfect. Like a choir of angels. She said, "I'm pretty happy with
myself, but for support for you, I'll do it." And fatties everywhere
rejoiced because finally someone on tv acknowledged that you can, in fact,
be fat and happy.
Lauryn said, "My mama, from her feet to her head, is enormous. What? I
mean there's no other way to describe her." It's true. June is fat and
happy and that's cool. Alana exclaimed, "My mama weighs the most in our
family because she's fat." Also true! And they all moved on and had fun with their fat mother because, as it turns out, fat people are human beings
that love and have fun and have interests too. Just like skinny people.
It is truly refreshing to see fat people portrayed as real people on television. In a world of The Biggest Loser, More to Love, Dance Your Ass Off and Mike and Molly, which all focus on fatness as a personal shortcoming or a joke, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is (pardon the pun) like a thick milkshake on a hot day.
there have only been two episodes, and there is still much room for
error, but this season looks promising. Not only has the family proved to be
incredibly body positive, but they're progressive in other ways too.
After losing a few pageants, Alana's dad, Sugar Bear, brings her a
glammed-up teacup pig to comfort her. Naturally. Alana decides that her
new (male) pig is gay and will therefore dress in drag while
accompanying her to pageants. When her sister cries that a pig can't be
gay, Alana so eloquently replies "It can if it want to. You can't tell
that pig what to do." Preach it, girl. Granted, Alana's definition of
gay is slightly problematic (if a boy dresses as a girl he is gay-- and
vice versa), she is, after all, only 6. And this six-year-old is both
aware -- in a vague sense-- of homosexuality...and is totally chill