Honey Boo Boo Child

Honey Boo Boo Child

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About

Honey Boo Boo Child is the self-given nickname of six-year-old Alana Thompson, a recurring cast member of the TLC reality television show Toddlers & Tiaras.[1] She is known for her outlandish behavior and drinking “Go-Go Juice”[2], a Red Bull and Mountain Dew concoction that caught the attention of mainstream media for its perceived health risks.

Online HIstory

Though Alana does not have an official website or participate in social media herself, her family runs an official Facebook fan page[24], which has more than 6300 likes as of August 2012. Fans and critics of her have shared posts about her via the Twitter hashtag #HoneyBooBoo[25] and the Tumblr tag “Honey Boo Boo.”[26]

Reputation

Toddlers and Tiaras

The season five premiere of Toddlers & Tiaras, which aired on January 4th, 2012, featured a segment on rural Georgia native, Alana Thompson. The six-year-old was shown in talking head bits explaining that she was participating in beauty pageants for the money, stating “a dollar makes me holler,” and calling herself “Honey Boo Boo Child.” The next morning, this clip was featured on Best Week Ever[3] and Jezebel[4], with coverage on the Tosh.0 blog[5] on January 6th. Between January and February, two instances[6][7] of the clip on YouTube received a combined total of nearly 2.4 million views.



Notable Parodies

Video remixes and parodies of Alana’s clips began appearing on YouTube three days after her first episode aired.[18]




Go-Go Juice

Alana began to gain more mainstream media attention after she and her mother, June Shannon, did interviews with Doctor Drew on February 2nd (shown below, left) and Good Morning America[8] on February 8th, defending the use of caffeine-laden “Go-Go Juice” to psych Alana up before pageants. Immediately following their media appearances, the interviews were covered by the NY Daily News[9], the Daily Mail[19] and CBS Atlanta[10], as well as Buzzfeed[17] and Jezebel.[11]



On February 17th, 2012, June, Alana and three other mother-daughter teams from Toddlers & Tiaras made an appearance on Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show Anderson (shown above, right).[12] During the program, Cooper gave June a makeover, placing her and Alana in similar outfits. Photos of the makeover were shared on Buzzfeed[13], Jezebel[14], The Frisky[15] and the Tosh.0 blog.[16]

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

On May 31st, 2012, US Weekly[27] reported that Alana and her family would be starring in their own spin-off series, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo on TLC. Contracted for six half-hour episodes, the series debuted on August 8th. The day of the premiere, Alana and her mother June were interviewed on CNN[28] to plug the show.



The show’s pilot episode was met by mixed reviews: A.V. Club[30] gave the episode a C-, calling it a “train wreck”, Salon[29] called it “fascinating” but also “an exploitative mess” and the Washington Post said the show was “horrifying and yet strangely sweet.”[31] This sentiment was carried across a variety of blogs and news sites including USAToday[32], Gawker[33], Good Morning America[34], TIME Entertainment[35] and the Los Angeles Times.[36]

Search Interest

Search for Honey Boo Boo Child began picking up in January 2012 with her show debut, similar to the rise in searches for Toddlers & Tiaras in general. A similar trend can be seen in searches for Eden Wood[20], another child pageant queen who began appearing on the show in 2009. Becoming a fan favorite, she went on to release a single[21] before retiring from pageants in July 2011[22] and starting her own fashion line[23] in February 2012 at age six. With the premiere of her spin off show in August 2012, search interest for Honey Boo Boo Child began to skyrocket.



External References

[1]Toddlers & TiarasOfficial Site

[2]The Inquisitr – Go Go Juice Recipe: Honey Boo Boo Child Drinks Mountain Dew and Red Bull

[3]Best Week Ever – Meet Alana, The Most Spectacular Toddlers & Tiaras Contestant Ever

[4]Jezebel – Pageant Kid Succinctly Sums Up Our Feelings About Alcohol

[5]Tosh.0 Blog – This Child Should Win Every Pageant Ever

[6]YouTube – 6 year old BEAUTY QUEEN

[7]YouTube – Alana, Age 6, Best Beauty Pageant Kid Ever

[8]Good Morning America – ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ Controversy: Mom Defends Feeding Daughter ‘Pageant Crack’

[9]NY Daily News – ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ mom defends use of ‘go go juice’ and ‘pageant crack’; Reveals recipe she gives to 6 year-old daughter Alana

[10]CBS Atlanta – Meet Toddlers & Tiaras’ Honey Boo Boo Child

[11]Jezebel – Honey Boo Boo Child and Her Go-Go Juice Take Good Morning America

[12]Anderson – New ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ Controversy & Star of ‘NY Ink,’ Ami James

[13]Buzzfeed – “Honey Boo-Boo Child” And Mom Dressed In The Same Pageant Outfit

[14]Jezebel – This Image of Honey Boo Boo Child and Her Mom Will Change You Forever

[15]The Frisky – Honey Boo-Boo Alana And Her Mom In Matching Outfits

[16]Tosh.0 Blog – Hey, Look At This Adorable Picture Of Honey Boo Boo Child And Her Mom

[17]Buzzfeed – 25 GIFs Of “Honey Boo-Boo Child” Alana On “Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers”

[18]YouTube – Toddlers & Tiaras: How To Dance to Dubstep

[19]The Daily Mail – Toddlers and Tiaras mother defends controversial decision to give six-year-old beauty queen ‘pageant crack’ and ‘Go-Go Juice’

[20]Wikipedia – Eden Wood

[21]Crushable – Is Eden Wood The Next Taylor Swift?

[22]TIME Newsfeed – Eden Wood, Six-Year-Old Beauty Queen, Retires from Pageant Circuit

[23]HollyBaby – ‘Toddlers & Tiaras’ Eden Wood Launches Her First Fashion Line

[24]Facebook – Alana Honey Boo Boo Child Official Fan Page

[25]Twitter – #honeybooboo

[26]Tumblr – Posts tagged “Honey Boo Boo”

[27]US Weekly – Exclusive: Honey Boo Boo Starring in Toddlers & Tiaras Spinoff!

[28]CNNHoney Boo Boo Child’s mom: Our family’s crazy

[29]Salon – “Honey Boo Boo”: Lovable racist dysfunction

[30]A.V. Club – Honey Boo Boo

[31]Washington Post – ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,’ the li’l Miss Sunshine we all deserve

[32]USA Today – Honey Boo Boo Child – charming or disturbing?

[33]Gawker – What Honey Boo Boo Child Is and Why You Should Care: A Guide to Reality TV’s Trashiest Sensation

[34]ABC News GMA‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ Premieres On TLC

[35]TIMEThe Morning After: Honey Boo Boo Don’t Care

[36]LA Times – Debut of ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ stirs strong viewer reaction

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