“Alana has been raised to express herself in the urban patois of reality TV’s black women. Nearly every utterance includes a head swivel, a sassy snap or an “oh-no-she-din’t.” It’s a funny and deeply disturbing tangle of cultural cues, as this chubby little white girl essentially performs a 21st-century version of minstrelsy. By finding Alana hilarious and egging her on, her family and her viewers are participating in a complicated, multilayered, possibly benign display of latent racism that could keep linguistics professors and social scientists busy for decades.”
‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,’ the li’l Miss Sunshine we all deserve — Hank Steuver, The Washington Post
I watched Honey Boo Boo last night. And cringed a bit. The Toddler’s and Tiara’s spinoff manages to lampoon several cultures at once. But I’m not sure I hate it just yet.