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The first taste of White poverty came by way of old episodes of “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
They were backwoods and uncultured and sometimes criminal. But they were lovable, funny and filled with the down-home wisdom, which only comes from true salt of the earth people. This, along with the large sum of money earned from striking oil on their property, made them on par, if not better, than the elitist snobs, who judged them. As such, there was lots of pride to being a Beverly Hillbilly.
As a young Black kid, growing up on the North side of City Hall, in communities that where predominately poor, Black, brown and some Asian, White poverty was a stark and bitter contrast to who we were. Even when The Beverly Hillbillies were acting and behaving at their worst, they were victims of their circumstances, whose salvation came with the influx of money. Problem solved. Whereas, our poor weren’t always nice and lovable. And there was no pride in it to be had. Through television and through real life, people were always reinforcing the idea that Black poverty was nothing more than tragic and dangerous. And we were to be ashamed at all times for being poor, not prideful.
All that changed the year that I was bussed to the other side of town and had classmates, who were predominately White and poor. That’s when I learned that television was a lie. And that the White poor ain’t no more special than the rest of the disenfranchised colors. Just slightly more privileged and washed over.
And that is the other disturbing part of the entire saga of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” which very few are willing to talk about. “Mama” June Shannon is a sad and desperate woman. But she’s always kind of been like that. And so has the rest of the clan. From their junk food-packed dietary habits up to the criminal backgrounds, the Honey Boo Boos have long been steeped in some serious dysfunction and pathology. As the website Hollywood Life.com reported, Alana Thompson (Honey Boo Boo)’s father Suga Bear was convicted of burglary in 1994 and her mother Mama June was under investigation for a previous and unrelated (to the recent molestation controversy) allegation of child abuse.
Nothing about these facts and their overall conditions should have been a laughing matter. And in real life, glaring poverty and the dysfunction it produces, rarely is. The Learning Channel should have been pushing for therapy and intervention to help this family both heal and progress economically. Instead, Honey Boo Boo’s clan got repackaged and branded as a whimsical and unconventional, yet all-American family. And instead of crying and shaking our heads, pondering about how we can help those poor, desperate White people, we, the viewers, laughed at them as they ate cheese curls for breakfast and cracked sassy one-liners about being unapologetic hot messes.
And so we laughed. And many of us would continue laughing “with (but more like “at”)” the Honey Boo Boos for several seasons until the banes of dysfunction (by way of child molestation allegations against June’s boyfriend) could no longer be ignored – by the advertisers at least. Only then had White poverty stopped being lovable and comedic. But even as folks now finger-wag Mama June and shun the clan completely, we as a society have yet to acknowledge the role our own cultural biases might have played in influencing their conditions to begin with.
In the book Race and the Politics of Welfare Reform, particularly in the chapter How the Poor Became Black, Martin Gilens notes the media’s role in shifting the portrayal of the poor in America. More specifically he writes:
“The association of African Americans with the “undeserving poor” is evident not only in the changing media coverage of poverty during the mid-1960s, but throughout the period studied. From the early 1950s through the early 1990s, images of poor blacks increased when the tone of poverty stories became more critical of the poor and decreased when coverage became more sympathetic. Similarly, images of African Americans were most numerous in news stories about the least sympathetic subgroups of the poor. As I discuss below, these differences in the racial portrayal of the poor cannot be accounted for by true changes in the racial composition of the poverty population or by racial differences across subgroups of the poor. Rather, the media’s tendency to associate African Americans with the undeserving poor rejects—and reinforces— the centuries-old stereotype of blacks as lazy.”
Worse the aligning of Black folks with poor made White poverty virtually non-existent – at least in the media. As reported in this recent article in the Miami Herald:
“Though it’s true that African Americans are disproportionately likely to live below the poverty line, it is also true that the vast majority of those in poverty are white: 29.8 million people. In fact, there are more white poor than all other poor combined.
Owsley County (Booneville is the county seat) is the epicenter of that poverty. Median income here is less than $20,000. The obesity rate is 50 percent. Life expectancy: 71.4 years, more than seven years below the national average. With 36 percent of its citizens living below the poverty line and 98.5 percent of its population identifying as white, it is the poorest — and one of the whitest — places in America.”
The effects of this White-washing over White poverty has been disastrous for some communities in America. And as reported on the Appalachian Community Fund website, 40 percent of residents in Logan County West Virginia do not have access to safe drinking water. 50 percent of the counties located in Central Appalachia have access to only one hospital, while 1 in 5 do not have a hospital at all. And in Eastern Kentucky, where 60 percent of counties are consistently poor, the A.T. Massey company operated coal mines through 18 subsidiaries, has reported revenues of $1.1 billion. Therefore not only are the White poor invisible but because of how they are maligned and misrepresented through the media and particularly painted as happy-to-be-poor, smiling rednecks, they become prime and easy candidates for exploitation from more affluent Whites and international corporations.
So while you will get no arguments here that TLC did the right thing in pulling the plug on the series, they also will get cool points from me for trying to profit off of dysfunction in the first place. Nor shall the rest of television. “The Beverly HillBillies,” “Roseanne,” “Moonshiners,” “Cajun Pawn Stars,” “Son of Anarchy,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia” (which still might be on Netflix), etc…all have their roles in normalizing not just White poverty but criminality and other pathologies and distorting poverty in general.
You see, while the Evans family (as well as most of the Black families from low-income communities portrayed on television) were scratching and surviving, hanging in the chow line and going through all sorts of sad and depressing things (with some occasional laugh tracks mixed in) trying to get out of the ghetto to be with the rest of civilized society, the White poor are content. They are happy. And everything is good with them. Therefore how bad can poverty really be, right?
Yesterday we reported that the TLC hit series “Here comes Honey Boo” was cancelled after reports emerged that Honey Boo Boo’s Mama June was dating a convicted child molester who abused one of her relatives. Now, the identity of the relative has been revealed. It is Mama June’s own daughter, Anna!
In a statement to Radaronline, Anna exclusively revealed she was the 8-year-old victim forced to perform oral sex on Mark McDaniel in 2002 and 2003. When asked about her mother she stated, “I believe she is seeing him and hanging around him,” and “I’m hurt.” She also confesses that “I think me and Mama’s relationship may well be over,”
Initially Anna defended her mother and denied reports that June was dating Mark. However after more evidence was revealed, Anna believes the rumors are true. Mama June has repeatedly denied the allegations. On Facebook she wrote,“The statement of me dating a sex offender is totally untrue, I would not ever, ever, ever, ever put my kids in danger. I love them too much.”
Anna is now a married 20-year-old with a daughter of her own. She also previously revealed she had a difficult relationship with her mother during her childhood. Mama June had her when she 15 and left her with her grandmother. Anna had moved from her grandmother’s house just to appear on the show.
As for the convicted molester, he was released from Dodge State prison on March 1, 2014. Although his case with Anna was dismissed, he was later convicted on aggravated child molestation charges in another case.
Wow. This story is extremely heartbreaking and disturbing. If the rumors are true, as a mother how could you do that to your child?
I’m always amazed at the snap judgements reality TV stars make about other reality TV stars while constantly telling the public not to judge them. Hypocrite much?
Kenya Moore, the Queen of all things suspect, recently had an interview with In Touch Weekly and said some not so nice things about TLC star Honey Boo Boo and her mom. It appears the tabloid asked the former Miss USA what it takes to win a beauty pageant and this is where she took it:
”Honey Boo Boo is not a role model for young women. Her mother [June Shannon] puts her onstage looking like a glorified h**ker!”
Now there aren’t many who would argue that Honey Boo Boo is any type of role model, but c’mon is Kenya Moore? This is the same woman who bounced her booty all up on someone else’s man on a couple’s vacation, who busted out a potential JET beauty of the week about her c**chie issues in front of everyone at the Bailey Agency, and who rolled into a fundraiser with a netted cover-up on top of a skimpy bathing suit with visible butt pads. Is that the USA role model potential pageant applicants should look up to?
Kenya added a bit more to her response to make her point, saying:
“Pageants are about having poise and promoting self-esteem and self-worth. When a little girl wears a lot of makeup, fake teeth, and extensions, like h**kers do — that’s just not appropriate.”
Why couldn’t you just have said that in the first place? And let’s not act like Honey Boo Boo or her mama June were the first — or will be the last — to do it. Pageantry itself promotes this false sense of worth and encourages girls to look like h**kers, perhaps that’s the issue that should be addressed first.
What do you think about what Kenya said about Honey Boo Boo, was that too harsh?
“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” star “Crazy” Tony Lindsey is so dang excited by the recent redneck Adult Videos boom … he’s ready to make a hillbilly skin flick of his own!
We broke the story … sales of redneXXX films are surging — increasing 250% in the last two years — thanks in part to the redneck reality TV craze and shows like “Honey Boo Boo.”
“Crazy” Tony — HUGE hillbilly Adult Videos fan — tells us … he’s “honored” to have sparked the trend and is gunning to get in on the action — by bumping uglies with another bumpkin in his very own porno!
If you thought we, as in black women, had a problem with our reality TV presence, Adam Levine’s recent outlash at the TLC show “Honey Boo Boo” has completed eclipsed any of our concerns. As part of GQ magazine’s Punch List, the singer made no effort to hold his tongue when asked what’s scarier, waking up not famous or waking up as one of Honey Boo Boo‘s parents? Brace for his response.
Seriously, Honey Boo Boo is the DECAY of Western civilization. Just because so many people watch the show doesn’t mean it’s good. So many people witness atrocities and can’t take their eyes away from them, but that doesn’t mean they’re good.
That show is literally The. Worst. Thing. That’s. Ever. Happened. It’s complete f**king ignorance and the most despicable way to treat your kids. F**k those people. You can put that in the magazine: F**k those idiots. They’re just the worst. Sorry, I’m so sensitive to that—like, I don’t know, man, it’s upsetting. Just to clarify, I said, “F**K THOSE PEOPLE.”
I mean we’ve got some ratchet things going on in television, but no one ever approached the situation quite this way. While we’re trying to figure out how much folks like Joseline and Mimi are supposedly setting us back, Adam is just like eff those people. Maybe that’s the best way to approach it. No need to try to explain the ratchetry, just eff it.
Do you think Adam is being too harsh or is he on point about Honey Boo and ‘dem being the decline of western civilization?