• Sat, Mar 9 2013

Honey Boo Boo Proves Exploiting Your Children For Money Works!

large-1I’m sure there was a part of my brain that realized that the immense popularity of the show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” was probably making her family very rich. I just tucked that knowledge deep into the corners of my mind. I guess I can’t really face a world that wants to see a little girl pumped full of Mountain Dew and paraded around a stage looking like a Tammy Faye mini-me.

For its latest issue, Parade included a story called “Celebrity Salaries Revealed.”  Because I am a glutton for punishment, I read it. Some of the news was more soul-crushing than others. I can’t believe how much it pays to be famous. Guy Fieri – who I’m pretty sure is going to have a heart attack on live TV one day while ingesting a handfull of chili fries – gets $100,000 per personal appearance. (This is a side note – but if you enjoy laughing until you think you may actually vomit – go here.) Paula Deen – who has made a career out of basically teaching people how to give themselves Diabetes – has a $6 million dollar deal with diabetes drugmaker Novo Nordisk.

There were some obvious big-earners on the list. We all know Brad Pitt makes a zillion dollars every time he does a movie. Well, it’s actually not a zillion - but with an estimated salary of $35.5 million – its pretty close. He made $7 million for those ridiculous Chanel Ads!

But I think the most surprising salary of all, is the one that Honey Boo Boo’s family pulls in per episode. How much do you think it is? I’ll give you a clue – it’s about a year’s worth of blood, sweat and tears for the average, middle income sucker. Yes, Honey Boo Boo and family get $50,000 an episode. Oh my god. No wonder so many parents have YouTube accounts – trying to show the world they have the next, big thing.

I have to admit, I’ve only seen the show a couple times. It actually looks like a pretty loving family. Honey Boo Boo genuinely seems to enjoy being on stage and living the life of a pageant kid. I’m just weary of what the repercussions of living a life on live TV are going to do to some of these kids. We’ve already seen how damaging it can be to be a child star. I can’t imagine how hard it may be to be a reality star – and see your whole childhood played out on camera.

Time will tell. But with a pay-off like this – I’m pretty sure there will be plenty more families trying to breed the “next big thing.”

(photo: Twitter)

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  • http://www.whatwouldshethink.com/ Rachelle

    :( Although I HATE pageants to friggin die for, Honey Boo Boo makes me laugh, sad to admit. She’s a total ham, and though I disagree with the healthiness of what they do and some of the choices they make, they clearly love each other. And honestly, I can’t help but compare it to a reality show version of “Roseanne”… which I also used to love watching.

    I’m going to hell.

  • chickadee

    My concern with the Honey Boo Boo thing is that despite what does appear to be a genuinely loving family, they model (and apparently engage in) desperately unhealthy habits, and people seem hesitant to criticize this. And I understand, because there is a problem with obesity that conflicts with our relatively recent understanding of health at any size.

    Although I have issues with the uniform application of the BMI, I don’t think anyone could argue that several of the family members are obese, and are unfit. I don’t think by any means that they should be mocked for this, but I wish the producers wouldn’t make their poor nutrition habits so central. There is no way that they are trying to demonatrate that eating poorly is bad–if anything, they seem to hope audiences will think it’s funny.

    I’m leaving with my soapbox now…

    • Makabit

      I don’t think people are hesitant to criticize at all. People have been unrelentingly hostile and scornful about the family’s eating habits and size.

      But I agree that the producers are playing it for laughs.

      I don’t know if any of this will make people more or less likely to eat healthily.

    • T Renae Hyche Smith

      THEY MAKE ME FEEL NORMAL….LOL….IT CANT BE SANITARY WITH A CHICKEN RUNNING AROUND POOPING ALL OVER THE HOUSE…NOT EVERYONE IN GA ARE LIKE THIS FAMILY BUT I DO SEE THE LOVE AND DEDICATION WITH THEM.. I HAVE TO ADMIT , I LOVE WATCHING THE SHOW. I LAUGH AT THEM AND CANT WAIT TO SEE WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO AND SAY NEXT…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shelly-Lloyd/826469442 Shelly Lloyd

    I’m not sure about this, but it seems like I read somewhere that the mom puts all the money they earn from the TV show into a trust fund for the girls and the family lives entirely on the money that the father earns. That the network they work for even offered to buy the family a new house and they turned it down.

    • Kelly

      Yeah thats true! the mom isnt exploiting kids to get rich. The kids get all the money and mama june and sugar bear basically get nothing.