Redneck Living Is TV's Newest Trend
It's the latest antics from TV's most down-to-earth new star.
In the episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, airing Wednesday night, little Honey Boo Boo shares the limelight with what else? Her pet pig.
The show has become a massive hit for TLC, but it's also sparking mixed reactions from viewers, with both sides going on YouTube to express their opinions.
"I give it five out of five stars because it's funny, it's hilarious," said one video blogger.
"I bow to you, my tiny, tiny queen," said another.
One said, "There's no point to it whatsoever, except that they're rednecks."
As unique as the show is, it's part of the latest pop-culture phenomenon, a trend being labeled "Redneck TV."
There's Hillbilly Handfishin' on Animal Planet, Duck Dynasty on A&E, Redneck Island on CMT, and Swamp People on History.
There are others, featuring what one TV reviewer called "rural, white, working-class people from the South ... real-life descendants of the Dukes of Hazard."
TV Guide business editor, Stephen Battaglio doesn't agree with some critics who say the shows are secretly mocking their stars.
Battaglio told INSIDE EDITION, "I think these people are making fun of themselves. I think they're in on the joke. They know they're characters in an unscripted TV show and they play them that way."
Love it or loathe it, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo probably isn't going away any time soon.