Subscribe Now

travelers today

Home » City Guides

Honey Boo Boo Has Georgia Residents Concerned About How Their Town is Represented

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Sep 18, 2012 10:37 AM EDT

Text Size: A A A

honey Boo boo
McIntyre, George residents are concerned about how their town is being portrayed in "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."(Photo : Facebook)

Honey Boo Boo may be a hit on TV, but Alana Thompson's neighbors aren't too happy with the way their town of McIntyre, Georgia is portrayed on the hit TLC reality show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."

The show features 7-year-old beauty pageant star Alana, also known as Honey Boo Boo. The young girl may be little, but she had a large personality that fits right along with her mother June Shannon's and the rest of their family. The show plays on redneck stereotypes and crude behavior.

Alana Thompson loves every minute of the spotlight.

Share This Story

"This is who she is," Honey Boo Boo's mother Shannon told the Associated Press. "This is her everyday life. She's got her own little personality, especially like when the cameras come on and when she's got attention."

The show is growing in popularity as it attracts two to three million viewers a week, but those who live in the town on McIntyre, GA, where the show takes place, are a bit concerned over the way their town and the south in general is portrayed.

McIntyre is a small town with a population of 650 and 40 percent of families with an income that falls below poverty levels. It is in a rural county that exports kaolin, a chalky clay used in products such as makeup, medicine, catalytic converters for vehicles and even heat shields on space shuttles, according to the Associated Press.

However, in order to fit with the theme of the show, episodes often feature the negative sides of the town such as shots of junk cars, stray animals and garbage dumps and Wilkinson County Chamber of Commerce president Jonathan Jackson isn't too happy about it.

"You can't very well ask and expect a television network to possess tact and taste - unless it makes them a dollar," he told the AP.

While residents recognize that she show is putting McIntye on the map, they want people to understand that the show doesn't represent the town as a whole.

"I don't mind it, it's just that it doesn't give a good image for the county since it is a small county, and it's a really family-oriented county, and we are basically, you know, church goers down here, and a lot of the things they do ... we don't agree with it," said Carolyn Snead, a McIntyre tax preparer, according to AP.

Flower shop owner Anita McGahee often has fans stop by her shop to buy stuffed animals and gifts for the wild family. She often watches the show, but agrees that the way the family acts is not a fair representation of all of McIntyre.

"It bothers me a little that people might think that that's what everyone here is like. It's like we all don't have any manners," McGahee told the AP.

Tommy Floyd, who used to live near the family can vouch that what viewers see on TV isn't just an act.  "They don't put on," he said. "That's everything they do every day. It ain't just put on for the show," he told the AP.

Others joked that outsiders already stereotype the south regardless of the show and that the show just represents the stereotypes in a fun way.

Whether or not the residents enjoy the show, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" is a hit, but it is not clear if TLC will continue it for a second season. The season finale of the show is on Sept. 26.

 

© 2015 Traverlers Today, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.
Join Our Conversation

Travel Tips

Lima, Peru

A Travel Guide to Peru: Things to Know

Peru is a cultural hub filled with unique sights to see, amazing cuisine, a plethora of activities, and is definitely somewhere worth putting on your travel bucket list, but there are a few things to know before planning your trip.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Receive the latest travel news, reviews, and more..

Want more Travel?

Most Popular

AirAsia plane

AirAsia Search Area: Search For Missing Bodies In Crash At Java Sea Officially Ends, 106 Bodies Recovered, 56 Bodies Still Missing

AirAsia Search Area – The search for the missing bodies from the AirAsia flight QZ 8501, which crashed Dec. 28, 2014, has officially ended. According to the head of the Indonesia rescue agency, the search for the bodies at the Java Sea ended Tuesday night.

Ryanair $15 Flights From Europe To America Coming Soon

Ryanair $15 Flights From Europe To America Coming Soon

Ryanair $15 Flights – Ryanair, Europe's largest discount airline is reportedly going to begin flights to the United States, with some seats selling for less than $15 each way. The board of the Irish-based airline OK'd adding the Ryanair $15 flights Monday, ending years of conjectures of when the airline would eventually turn its sights to North America.

Hajime Robot restaurant

Anti-Robot Protesters at SXSW: Fighting the Artificial

In what seems to be the precursor to a real-life Terminator movie, dozens of anti-robot protesters rallied near South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas, yesterday, protesting, of all things, the rise of artificial intelligence technology. They were evidently concerned by the rise of artificial intelligence, and showed their disdain for ‘thinking machines’ with signs, shirts, and other protest memorabilia.

Myanmar

Ferry Capsizes in Myanmar: 34 Dead, More Than A Dozen Still Missing

Tragedy strikes as a double-decker ferry capsizes in Myanmar killing at least 34 passengers, according to police reports in Saturday.

Megabus crash on Interstate 65

Fuel Truck Overturns On Interstate 95, Two Reported Injured, I-95 Reopens After Almost 10 Hours

Fuel Truck Overturns – A tanker truck passing through Prince George County had overturned at the Interstate 95. The incident occurred Tuesday morning. The said truck had been carrying more than a thousand gallons of biodiesel fuel.

Kim Jong Un

North Korean Missiles Aimed at US?

Recently, North Korea made another bold display of its military might by launching a ‘cutting-edge’ anti-ship missile on the nation’s east coast. The launch happened just as the United States held the last day of joint military exercises in South Korea. As expected, the North Korean’s statement caused further tension with the West, especially with their neighbors in the south. This news got people asking: Are there any North Korean Missiles aimed at US territory?

Alligator in Golf Course

Alligator In Golf Course New Orleans Repeats In Florida: Rare Sighting Photographed By Golfer May Not Be Doctored After All

Alligator Golf Course New Orleans - The rather shocking incident during the 2013 Zurich Classic of New Orleans recently happened once again. This time, the reptile was spotted at a golf course at the Myakka Pines Golf Club in Englewood, on Florida’s west coast.

Two People Shot Dead At Jennifer Hudson's Mothers House

Baby Utah River: 18-Month Old Baby Girl Found Alive In Upturned Vehicle, Mother Found Dead, Rescuers Allegedly Heard Voice Saying ‘Help Me’, Voice Not Of Child

Baby Utah River – An 18 month old baby girl was rescued from an upturned vehicle at the Utah River 14 hours after the deadly crash. While the mother was found dead, rescuers found it miraculous that the baby survived the icy temperatures. However, the most surprising incident from the rescue was the fact that rescuers had heard cries for help.

Jihadi John Apologizes To Family, 26-Year-Old Not Sorry For Beheadings

Jihadi John Apologizes To Family, 26-Year-Old Not Sorry For Beheadings

Jihadi John Apologizes – Mohammed Emwazi, also known as The excecutioner ”Jihadi John" in a slew of Islamic State videos, has apologized to his family for the trouble he has caused them after he was identified as the masked ISIS militant butcher from Britain, The Sunday Times of London reported.

Find Us on Facebook

travelers today

© Copyright 2015 Travelers Today All Rights Reserved.

Subscribe to our newsletter
Real Time Analytics