In the season finale of the TLC reality TV show, “Here comes Honey Boo Boo”, Alana and the rest of her family show a quirky kind of support for the GLBTQ community.
While some of the phrases used in the episode kind of make you raise an eyebrow for the stereotypical nature, for the most part the family is very inviting of “Uncle Poodle” (Alana’s father’s brother, AKA “Sugar Bear”), Honey Boo Boo Child’s gay uncle.
Since the premiere of the show, celebrities from all over have chimed in on the show. Even Kris Jenner had a few words to say, and not very good ones!
Maybe some of these questionable gay stereotypical phrases are why Kris Jenner can’t find it in her heart to show some love for Honey Boo Boo and her McIntyre, GA family! As late as September 25, 2012, the New York Times reports Kris Jenner, mother to Kylie and Kendall Jenner, actually feels threatened by the “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” show!
In the finale, Uncle Poodle is invited over by the family to give Alana a bit of ‘sass’ before a big pageant, since of course all gay men have ‘sass’ right? Cue the barrage of stereotypical phrases about the GLBTQ community. While everything in the show is meant to be said in jest, is it all really that harmless?
Honey Boo Boo lovingly welcomed her Uncle Poodle with open arms when he shows up at the house to help her prepare for the pageant. In a clip reflecting on her uncle being around, Alana quips:
“Ain’t nothing wrong with being a little gay,”
“Everybody’s a little gay.”
One of the other girls however, seemed like she was actually making fun of her Uncle, gesturing each time he spoke in a mocking manner. Was this her way of showing support or poking fun at her Uncle’s sexuality? Several time throughout the show, family members uttered message laden with stereotypes related to the GLBTQ community. One example of such a message was from Mama June Shannon:
“He’s got a little fruit in his tank, what can I say?”
As the matriarch of the family, June stands to influence the rest of the members and their views of the GLBTQ community. While outwardly somewhat positive, what messages are the children really learning about the gay community?
Even Uncle Poodle seemed uncomfortable with the phrases they were using about him. What do you think? Is reality TV supposed to influence people to view others in a positive light? Does the reality TV show “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and Mama Kris Jenner do justice in showing respect to the GLBTQ community?
Sources: Gawker, The New York Times
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