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Some Thinky Thoughts On Duck Dynasty

19 Dec

Duck Dynasty Season 3[Editor’s note: Not a book post]

I’ve been a Duck Dynasty fan since the first season, when I would sing the show’s praises to anyone within earshot and foist recorded episodes onto unsuspecting visitors. And while my friends and family feigned a begrudging tolerance for the show — which is too improvised to be scripted and too staged to be reality — I could tell that they weren’t sold, not like I was. “It’s going to be big,” I’d mutter to myself as they shrugged off my over-eager descriptions of Si’s wisdom, or Duck Commander workroom tomfoolery. “Just you wait.”

And I was right. Having recently finished its fourth season, Duck Dynasty is huge. Eleven million viewers huge. Extremely comprehensive Walmart partnership huge. For the same intangible reasons that reality-show predecessors like Jersey Shore and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo captured a certain [ratings-boosting] je ne sais quoi, DD has easily become one of the most popular shows in the country. Which makes it super awkward for A&E that cast member/patriarch Phil Robertson – a crucial DD dispenser of old-timer Louisiana wisdom – made a series of offensive comments in an interview with GQ this week. The crucial excerpts are as such:

“‘Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.’ [Paraphrasing Corinthians] ‘Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.’”

… “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

… ”We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ‘em, give ‘em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ‘em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

Understandably, many people were offended. Many. A&E on Wednesday suspended Phil from the show “indefinitely,” which is a natural knee-jerk reaction, but also kind of like suspending Santa from the North Pole. Whether or not Phil commands the majority of screen time on DD, he is an important element of the family dynamic that makes the show so popular (I don’t buy into arguments that the aforementioned je ne sais quoi is the Robertsons’ read-between-the-lines Christian evangelism). Suspending Phil is like Jersey Shore suspending Snooki, or Honey Boo Boo exiling Mama June. However valid the reasoning, it don’t make no sense. Continue reading

In Defense of Honey Boo Boo

10 Aug

So I know this blog is about books, but I think it’s important that we all stop for a second to reflect on something incredibly important that occurred in the pop culture sphere this week: The premiere of new TLC show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. (Non-TV people, you can check out now.)

For the unfamiliar, Honey Boo Boo, or Honey Boo Boo Child, is the nickname of six-year-old Alana, who made her reality TV debut in Toddlers & Tiaras. Unlike most young beauty pageant participants, Alana is basically the opposite of poised, which makes her a fairly shitty pageant contestant (she has yet to win a crown or any sort of money) but a normal six-year-old, and an amazing subject for reality television. It is quite unsurprising that out of all the toddlers profiled on that show, Alana was the one to get a spin-off.

So far, Honey Boo Boo is like the 50 Shades of Grey of reality TV—2.2 million people watched the premiere, making it the No. 1 cable show in its time slot among women. “Honey Boo Boo” was trending on Twitter through yesterday, and the ever-resourceful TLC has already pioneered Alana-themed ringtones (one of which is now my alarm.)  Continue reading

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