Courtesy of The Root
If a minstrel show airs on prime time, will anyone notice? That’s the existential question I asked myself before sitting down to watch TLC’s new show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, a reality show about a white 6-year-old from Georgia named Alana Thompson. She is nicknamed Honey Boo Boo Child because of her oh-so-cute “angry black woman” routine at the kiddie beauty pageants documented on the network’s hit Toddlers and Tiaras.
“Ain’t no one bringing home the crown but me, Honey Boo Boo Child,” declares Alana, as if possessed by Sheneneh Jenkins, played by Martin Lawrence, or Cita, BET’s long-defunct digital veejay.
Sort of like how you get a 2-year-old to say a curse word and then laugh hysterically afterward, Alana’s “no she di’n’t” finger-waving, eye-rolling and neck-twisting isn’t hers by rights. All of that belongs to a caricature on a ’90s sketch-comedy show.
“Honey Boo Boo Child is completely dead in the eyes when she tosses out the finger-snapping, ‘angry black woman’ lines branded into her, like ‘A dolla makes me hollllaaa!’ ” wrote Julia Bricklin in a review for Forbes magazine.