“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” makes reality painfully real

Brace yourself, your Wednesday night just got a little crazier. TLC’s newest offering “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is taking the world by storm, and I can’t say I’m all that upset about it. The reality show follows much loved “Toddlers and Tiaras” star Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ through her daily life with her loud, proud country family in pursuit of a grand supreme pageant title.

The raucous brood is made up of parents June and Mike, better known as ‘Mama’ and ‘Sugar Bear’ and Alana’s three sisters; Lauryn ‘Pumpkin’, Anna ‘Chickadee’ and Jessica ‘Chubbs’. The family lives in McIntyre, GA and are self-proclaimed rednecks. Frankly, one can’t really argue with that after watching the show.

Mama is morbidly obese, Chickadee is 17 and pregnant and Honey Boo Boo routinely eats cheese puffs for breakfast before a long day of mud wrestling and playing on a homemade redneck slip-n-slide with her pet pig in a house decorated with year-round Christmas lights. Like I said, calling themselves rednecks is about as accurate as you get.

While this formula may sound like 30 minutes of torture and unimaginable hell to some, others will find it fun and quirky. The trick to enjoying a show like “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is simply opening your mind. While they may not be the most polished bunch, they are still an American family.

They might fart and burp without a care who may be around to hear or smell it, but as evident as their lack of etiquette is their love of one another. They have fun and don’t really care what other people think, which makes for some pretty hilarious situations, like the Redneck Olympics or mud tubing. They actually validate the term reality television, and to be honest, I think Honey Boo Boo could teach the Kardashians a thing or two.

Watch “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on TLC.