One Writer Says Honey Boo Boo Isn’t As Precocious As You Think She Is

A dolla might make her holla, but fail to fork ovah the cash fast enough and Honey Boo Boo will launch into Full Brat Attack, complete with pouting and foot-stomping.

That’s that word from Christy O’Shoney, a freelance writer with Salon.com who had the opportunity (or misfortune, depending on who’s telling the story) of being on location at 30 Rockefeller Plaza as Honey Boo Boo (known to government officials as Alana Thompson) and her right hand woman, Mama June, sat down for a lively chat with The Tonight Show’s Jimmy Fallon. Lively, indeed.

O’Shoney has been sharply criticized for her criticism of TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo darling as “a tiny, dimpled monster.”

“The Alana I saw on The Tonight Show set was visibly troubled: disrespectful, defiant, entitled. Of course, with a bit of editing, ‘disrespectful’ becomes ‘precocious,’ ‘defiant’ becomes ‘sassy,’ and ‘entitled’ becomes ‘confident.’”

Salon eventually changed the title of Christy’s editorial to one slightly less polarizing — “The Real Honey Boo Boo: What Reality TV did to the Pint-Size Pageant Queen” — but the scribe stands by her analysis of Alana as a child star spoiled by her own celebrity. (Redneck roots, aside.) According to O’Shoney, Honey Boo Boo was so abrasive, bratty and rude to both Jimmy and June during last week’s taping, the cutting room powers-that-be were forced to scrap most of the interview footage.

The viewing audience found its fly-on-the-wall in Christy. O’Shoney notes:

“…The interview I watched on television that evening felt nothing like it had in the studio. Many of the major beats were there — Alana telling Fallon that he wasn’t so big and bad, the point where she refused to give him a friendship bracelet — but the broadcast left out all of the eerie tension.”

The most uncomfortable moment came, O’Shoney claims, when a frustrated Alana reached out and whacked her mom. The incident was the finally straw for an equally-frustrated Fallon…and much of the audience.

“…The most notable moment to be left out of Honey Boo Boo’s appearance on The Tonight Show was when she became so fed up that she actually struck Mama June. Up until this point, Fallon had been doing a great job of navigating Alana’s weird behavior, but it was at this moment when he became positively awesome. ‘NEVER hit your mother!’ he exclaimed, in a voice that was serious with just a hint of a joke and the studio audience erupted in applause. Finally, we thought, someone is addressing this child’s attitude. But really, it’s television, so instead of getting a timeout for hitting her mom, Alana was handed pompoms and asked to lead the audience in a cheer. We reluctantly played along for Jimmy’s sake, but it felt strange, like we were giving her some kind of reward for her behavior.”

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