Honey Boo Boo? Honey, Please

In TLC's show, a white kid makes black stereotypical slang her own. That may not be a bad thing.

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At 17-year-old daughter Anna's ultrasound visit, Mama June and the rest of the gang get their dance on to the new baby's heartbeat. It's so unreal it almost can't be fake.

And that's sort of the beauty inside Honey Boo Boo -- minus the pageants and the pre-packaged ghetto-isms -- some authenticity can be found even as the Thompson's native language is riddled with inauthentic "black talk." It doesn't really make sense, but somehow it works.

Perhaps it's the fact that the sassy black woman trope might finally be laid to rest in the backwoods of Georgia. That as the show gains in popularity (last week's debut won its time slot and demo) the origin of all Honey Boo Boo's "honey boo boos" will be pointless, as Alana and clan take ownership of them. And would that really be a bad thing, boo?

Helena Andrews is a contributing editor at The Root and author of Bitch Is the New Black, a memoir in essays. Follow her on Twitter. 

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Helena Andrews is a contributing editor at The Root and author of Bitch Is the New Black, a memoir in essays. Follow her on Twitter.