People have made such a big deal about Honey Boo Boo‘s Mama June Shannon lately. Between being played by Bobby Moynihan wearing a prosthetic double chin on SNL and everyone throwing up on the Internet over her now infamous sketti recipe, you would think Mama is the most horrifying matriarch since Mommy Dearest. Or Psycho. But despite the fact that she farts almost nonstop on TV, every interview with Alana Thompson‘s (a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo)’s mom suggests that it is in fact her levelheaded nature and ambivalence to fame that might just make her the best parent on reality TV, if not the best person. Take June’s interview on Jimmy Kimmel last night. Listen to what she actually says:
About the money the family will make off the show: “I wanted to put it in trust funds very equally for all the kids. So most of the money is there and the other money goes to our community outreach programs like the UR Brand that raise for the anti-bullying.”
About the reasons they agreed to do the show: “It’s all about my kids. This journey may last six months or it may last a year, but I don’t want 10 years down the road, Alana or any of the kids to be thinking like, ‘Oh my God, I have nothing to show for it.’ ”
Gawker’s September profile of the family only furthers our point. When asked about their fame, June shrugged. “Reality TV don’t last more than three years. People have a good run for about three years. Some people fizzle out within a couple of weeks. We’ve had about 10 weeks and if it stays for the next three years, great.” As for those who say they are giving some larger group a bad name, the mother of four replied, “I don’t feel like I should be embarrassed about anything. I didn’t say I am representing Southerners. I’m not representing people in Georgia. I didn’t even say I was representing people in our county. I’m just representing our family.”
How totally reasonable does that sound? If that wasn’t enough, we genuinely love that June lets Alana quietly sing to herself, answer her own questions and pretty much just act like a normal child whenever they’re in front of a camera. Haters gonna hate, ya’ll! But not us.
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