February 22, 2017 | Updated at 07:33 PM EST The Latest Entertainment & Celebrity News

'Honey Boo Boo' Offends Her Town of McIntyre, Georgia

Seven-year-old Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson is not only the center of attention - she's the center of controversy. Two to three million weekly viewers laugh-out-loud to her outrageous catchphrases - "A dolla makes me holla!" and "You better redneckognize!" however, residents of McIntyre, Ga. do not find the town's portrayal to be a laughing matter.

By Alyssa Goldman, EnStars on Sep 13, 2012 03:10 PM EDT
facebook tweet this pin it reddit plus
Sign Up for Newsletter
Honey Boo Boo Child
Honey Boo Boo Child (Photo : Dr. Drew Life Changers)

Seven-year-old Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson is not only the center of attention - she's the center of controversy.

The second-grader, who previously appeared on the TLC show "Toddlers & Tiaras," now stars in the show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" along with her mother June Shannon and their family.

Two to three million weekly viewers laugh-out-loud to her outrageous catchphrases - "A dolla makes me holla!" and "You better redneckognize!" - however, residents of McIntyre, Ga., do not find the town's portrayal to be a laughing matter.

Wilkinson County Chamber of Commerce President Jonathan Jackson said to The Associated Press that the show portrays the area unfairly - choosing to fixate on the town's unappealing qualities such as focusing the cameras on junk cars, garbage dumps and stray animals.

"You can't very well ask and expect a television network to possess tact and taste - unless it makes them a dollar," he said.

According to 2010 Census numbers (via the AP), McIntyre is a town within a rural county whose population is around 650 with nearly 40 percent of the families making an income that puts them below the poverty level. Main Street is only three blocks long and features a few businesses.

The AP reporter asked more than two dozen locals how they felt about the series. An overwhelming majority responded that, for better or worse, it has "put McIntyre on the map."

Many confessed that they watch and enjoy the show; however, most don't believe it represents the way majority of the people in the area live.

"I don't mind it, it's just that it doesn't give a good image for the county since it is a small county, and it's a really family-oriented county, and we are basically, you know, church goers down here, and a lot of the things they do ... we don't agree with it," said Carolyn Snead, a McIntyre resident who works as a tax preparer.

Anita McGahee, owner of a flower and gift shop near the family's home, dubbed the Thompson family as "simple, country people."

"It bothers me a little that people might think that that's what everyone here is like," McGahee said, though she is an avid viewer of the show. "It's like we all don't have any manners."

The town's residents who had strong negative opinions of the family did not share their names with the AP because it is such a tight-knit community

But Shannon knows not everybody in her town is a "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" fan.

"It's small town living," she said. "I don't have any trouble with anybody here or whatever, but people are going to have opinions. I mean, that's everyday life."

© 2017 Enstarz, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

  • SEARCH ENSTARS

Latest News

Donald Trump

Donald Trump Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star Vandal Gets Sentenced To Three Years Of Probation

James Lambert Otis, the man who defaced Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star, receives three years of formal probation

Naruto Shippuden Road to Boruto

‘Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road To Boruto’ Guide: Here Are All The Answers For The Chuunin Written Exam

Here is the cheat sheet for the Chuunin written exam of "Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 - Road to Boruto" DLC

Orange is the New Black

"Orange Is The New Black" Season 5 Spoilers: Cast Hinted Very Intense And Emotional Scenes; Laverne Cox Teased Someone To Die From A Riot [VIDEO]

One of the most anticipated returns on televisions this year is the American comedy-drama web series, "Orange Is The New Black." The series is set for its release of its fifth season and fans and viewers are already beyond excited for the events that are going to happen.

Doctor Strange

‘Doctor Strange’ Spoilers, News: Watch How ILM Created The Time Warp Scene In The New Visual Effects Reel

Industrial Light & Magic releases new visual effects reel for "Doctor Strange" that shows glimpses on how the Time Warp scene was created.

New York Comic Con

‘Pokemon Go’ Tips & Updates: Where To Catch Elusive Corsola, Farfetch’d, Heracross, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime, Tauros

“Pokemon Go” developer has still to confirm the regional availabilities of these Pokemon.

Real Time Analytics