Mama June has her own reality TV show these days. It is a spin-off of Here Come Honey Boo Boo. Teasers for upcoming episodes of her own show reveal relationship problems with her new man, Geno, as well as health problems, according to Heavy.com. Mama June is under a lot of pressure right now and she seems to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown, but the teasers may be exaggerations.
Maybe life was simpler for Mama June back in the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo days... Even then, she got shade for her lifestyle and parenting choices...
Now, it's time to take a trip back in time to those Here Comes Honey Boo Boo days. We're going to look at 20 times we questioned Mama June during the show, which was on the air from 2012 to 2014.
When it comes to reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, some viewers are rooting for the cast members, while others are tuning in to judge the cast members. Mama June does have her critics, however. She isn't one of those reality TV moms who is so perfect every day. The fact that she doesn't have it all together is actually part of her appeal to her fans, but her imperfections do make her an easy target.
20 Her Healthier Living Challenge Seemed Dubious
In 2014, Mama June noshed on fruit and salad, which wasn't an everyday occurrence, to say the least. Why was she eating so light while the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo cameras were rolling? Why the sudden urge to get healthier? Well, according to the Dailymail.co.uk website, her desire for these out-of-the-norm foods was due to unusual food cravings. Her monthly "friend" hadn't made an appearance and was two weeks overdue for a visit. Mama June was worried that she was pregnant.
It all turned out to be a false alarm, and the healthy eating thing didn't last for long. Most people weren't surprised that Mama June soon went back to the usual, less-healthy lifestyle.
19 Did Her Mayo Phobia Really Require Hypnotherapy?
Mama June has a phobia about mayonnaise. I think mayo is a great condiment, but she definitely disagrees. Is a food phobia a good enough reason to get hypnotherapy? Mama June thought so. She sought out hypnotherapy to rid herself of her mayo phobia, once and for all.
Unfortunately, Mama June's understanding of hypnotherapy was pretty weak, according to Bustle.com. She seemed to have it confused with voodoo. Her confusion didn't help her to get free of her phobia, though. Apparently, the root of the phobia is the fact that Mama June had to eat a lot of mayo during her own childhood.
18 Her 'Birds And Bees' Talks Were So Awkward
In January of 2018, on June's new show, Honey Boo Boo asked her mom for information about the birds and bees and Mama June tried to avoid the subject, according to People.com. This was probably because past attempts to spell out the whole birds and bees things with her other daughters were super-awkward.
According to YouTube.com, Mama June compared female private parts to fruit loops and biscuits while explaining the hard facts to her daughters. As her understandably confused daughters threw question after question at her, Mama June got flustered and eventually fled the room. Hopefully, Honey Boo Boo gets a clearer explanation from mom someday soon.
17 Her 'Neck Crust' Grossed Us Out
Most people wouldn't be talking about their "neck crust" on television, but Mama June isn't most people. She's eccentric and a character and that's why she is still on TV today, after a lot of bad publicity about her love life and lifestyle decisions.
Pumpkin and Mama June were shopping when Pumpkin found a stain remover that she felt might be the perfect solution for her mother's neck crust problems. Mama June had neck issues, as well as a "forklift foot" that she mostly keeps concealed. Her forklift foot was the result of being run over by a forklift in the past.
16 We Questioned Her Taste In Men
Mama June has been with men that most women would run away from. One guy ended up in the slammer for crimes related to minor-aged females! Yuck. That person wasn't Sugar Bear, but Sugar Bear isn't everyone's dream man, either. Sugar Bear isn't Lauryn and Jessica's father. Their father is the one who got in trouble with the law for doing some bad things. His name was actually Michael Anthony Ford and he was featured on To Catch A Predator, according to Nydailynews.com.
This wasn't the extent of Mama June's poor decisions about romantic partners. She was also linked with another guy with the same kind of track record with minors, Mark McDaniel.
15 We Questioned Her Unhealthy Cooking
Oh, the infamous "sketti"! It's a "delicacy" made from pasta, gobs of butter, and ketchup. Many people would have great difficulty keeping this greasy and sweet (ketchup has a lot of sugar in it) pasta dish down, myself included, but Mama June and her family love "sketti."
People have the right to eat what they want, and it's not surprising that Mama June's kids love sketti. Kids grow up eating the food that their moms make and that food is usually their comfort food. Critics think that sketti is bad for Mama June and her family. They think it's junk food with tons of empty calories.
14 Her Vulgar Habits Didn't Sit Well With Many Fans
Farting is the butt of jokes on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, pun intended. Some people loved the show because they didn't get this kind of vulgar humor while watching most other reality TV shows, but other people really disliked the vulgarity.
Mama June was just as vulgar as her kids, if not worse. She was flatulent in the show's intro, according to Phillymag.com. She was more than willing to fart to get a laugh. She modeled vulgar behavior and, of course, her kids would get into the vulgar humor thing, too. Alana had a 'fart in the can' joke and so on. The kids think it's all hilarious, but I think it's because they don't know anything else.
13 Her Relationship With Anna Raised Questions
Currently, Mama June and her daughter, Anna, have a very strained relationship. Anna has opened up about her childhood and none of it has been pretty. Her story is a sad one and she places a lot of blame for what she went through on her mother. In 2014, Anna talked to Dr. Phil about her issues with her mom. She says that June took her money from a bank account and spent it. She says her mom doesn't tell the truth, according to Usmagazine.com.
On Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Anna became pregnant at a young age. Her baby shower was featured during season one, and Anna got out of the family home very young.
12 We Shook Our Heads At Her Colorful Language
When Mama June wasn't cussing, she was making up some words. The whole Here Comes Honey Boo Boo clan was actually hard for a lot of people to understand, and not just because of the made-up words. It was the Georgia drawl that made many viewers flick on the subtitles to see what each character was saying, according to Ew.com. The people who did the subtitles for the show really earned their money. Some of that dialogue was very hard to figure out.
Now that Mama June's made-up words, such as “s’mage” and “smexy,” are part of pop culture, many critics thank that Mama June is dumbing down the U.S. They may have a point.
11 We Wondered Why She Sent Glitzy The Pig Back To The Farm
Glitzy the pet pig was a total cutie. Some Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, viewers were crestfallen when Glitzy was returned to the farm. Some viewers blamed Mama June for the family's loss of its pet. Mama June got rid of Glitzy because she felt that her children weren't caring for Glitzy effectively, according to Usmagazine.com.
Maybe critics were being too hard on Mama June on this one. She said she couldn't get enough shut-eye because she had to wake up early to look after Glitzy. Alana cried when she found out Glitzy was heading back to the breeder, Posh Pigs, but her tears didn't make any difference.
10 Her Couponing Obsession Was Out Of Control
Rich people are not usually extreme couponing fanatics, although there are exceptions. People get into couponing because they want more disposable income. So, maybe critics shouldn't judge Mama June for getting hooked on couponing. It might have helped to ease some financial strain.
Sure, she gets paid for her reality TV appearances, but now, in 2019, her estimated net worth is around a million, according to Thecinemaholic.com. For a celeb, that is a pretty low net worth but it's much more than what she had. Back in the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo days, her net worth would have been less. Anyway, she was heavy into the couponing and this left her ripe for mockery.
9 We Questioned The Nicknames She Chose For Her Children
Nicknames are supposed to be affectionate. Well, usually they are affectionate. Sometimes, though, they come with connotations which might be construed as negative. Mama June has nicknames for all of her kids and some seemed fairly harmless, including Chickadee for Anna. Jessica's nickname, "Chubbs," is a lot more questionable. Honey Boo Boo (Alana) came up with her own nickname.
Despite a nickname that could be interpreted as demeaning, Jessica made it through high school in 2015, and she was the first in her family to accomplish that goal. When she graduated, she was interested in pursuing education that would put her in line for nursing jobs in the future.
8 The Whole Pageant Thing Made Some People See Red
Toddlers and Tiaras was freaky and that TV show put Honey Boo Boo (Alana) in the spotlight. Mama June is Honey Boo Boo's mom and she was involved with getting her little daughter into the pageant world. Is this world a good place for kids? Should little children be permitted to guzzle "go-go juice" (Red Bull and Mountain Dew) to get quick energy before parading on pageant stages?
Honey Boo Boo was allowed to drink that juice. Before she developed a taste for go-go juice, she relied on candy, though. No kids go deep into the children's pageant world without parents helping. Some people blame Mama June for putting Alana in this world, according to Nicki Swift.
7 Was It Right To Put Pumpkin In A Pigzilla Eating Challenge?
Pumpkin got treated to a "Pigzilla" eating challenge for her birthday. Was this a healthy birthday gift idea for Mama June's daughter? Some viewers say no. Eating challenges can be very rough. If you've ever seen Man V. Food, you already know that these challenges are not easy to complete.
The Pigzilla Sandwich Challenge is held at Papa Buck's BBQ in Georgia, according to Foodchallenges.com, and the sandwich in question is a 4.5-pound meal. That's a lot of greasy meat in a bun. Would you encourage your child to eat the whole thing? Not many would...
6 Her Party Planning Skills Were Criticized
Should Mama June's party planning skills be applauded or criticized? It depends on whom you ask. Mama June tried to cook up her first turkey for one Thanksgiving party, according to Imdb.com, and she got super-stressed while planning a baby shower for daughter Anna. Let's not even talk about Mama June's own commitment ceremony, which included a garish camouflage wedding dress.
This family is into gaudy celebrations, but the truth is, viewers would be disappointed if the special events weren't tacky. This is a reality TV family that a lot of people liked to poke fun at on the regular.
5 We Questioned The Sincerity Of Her Commitment Ceremony
Now, let's get into more detail about Mama June's commitment ceremony with Mike Thompson, who is better known as Sugar Bear. Some viewers were cynical about the ceremony because Mama June had expressed doubts about making a commitment to Sugar Bear in the past. Maybe they thought the whole ceremony thing was just to boost TV ratings.
Mama June and Sugar Bear dressed to the nines, redneck style, for this very special event. Sugar Bear was dapper in camo pants and a Hunter orange vest. Mama June wore what looked like a camo-print ball gown, with lots of tiers and ruffles, according to E! Online.
4 Her Stress Poops Were The Subject Of Derision
When you talk about your bowel movements on reality TV, you are going to get dragged online. It's just the way of the world. According to Christianpost.com, Mama June was getting the runs because of pre-wedding stress. The whole wedding planning thing was taking a toll on her digestive system.
Of course, this is classic oversharing. That's what Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was all about.
Despite intestinal challenges, Mama June still managed to get herself spray-tanned before the big commitment ceremony. It was not a legal wedding. It was just a ceremony. Just as well, as Mama June and Sugar Bear's relationship would soon be on the rocks.
3 Her Family Camping Trip Made Her Daughters Cry
A family camping trip reduced the daughters to tears, according to Tvfanatic.com. The reason was because the daughters had to leave their Smartphones behind. In this day and age, that is going to cause some emotional turmoil. Most of us would probably also cry if our moms took our phones away before some outdoorsy holiday if we were the same ages as June's daughters. This break from social media would not be enjoyed, right?
During the trip to a state park, Sugar Bear became a prankster by frightening June with a fake snake. The family also went fishing but didn't manage to catch anything. They feasted on wieners instead of pan-frying some freshly-caught fish.
2 We Questioned Her Attitude Towards Couples Therapy
The up-and-down romance between Mama June and Sugar Bear was one big storyline on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Sugar Bear and Mama June headed for couple's therapy, which was destined to break apart. This couple is no longer together today.
This couple's breakup was announced in a formal statement in 2014, according to YouTube.com. TMZ.com reported that Sugar Bear had been a presence on a certain online dating platform while he and Mama June were still together, which prompted her to bail out and stop wearing her commitment ring. Fair enough. Why commit to someone if you're going to do that, though?
1 Was Taking Her Kids To The Redneck Games Appropriate?
Is glorying in being a redneck family a good thing? Some people would say, "definitely not"! Mama June is clearly a proud redneck, as she took her family to the Redneck Games. At least the family got some fresh air and exercise. Alana (Honey Boo Boo) played in the mud and enjoyed it. People bobbed for slimy pig's feet, according to Usmagazine.com. In a promo for the show, Honey Boo Boo let fans know it was time to "redneck-ognize"!
This reality TV show was a guilty pleasure for many, whether they watched to cheer on the family or diss them.
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