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’Honey Boo Boo,’ ’Cake Boss’ Throw Down on ’Family Feud’

by Kilian Melloy
Monday Jul 29, 2013
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Child beauty pageant celeb and reality television star Alana Thompson, 7, better known as "Honey Boo Boo," and her family -- including older sister "Pumpkin," mother "Mama June," and stepfather "Sugar Bear" -- have taped a segment of the long-running game show "Family Feud" in support of GLAAD, CNN and other news outlets reported.

The Honey Boo Boo clan went up against another reality television family, Buddy Valastro and company of "Cake Boss." Valastro and his family played to support ALS foundation Momma Mary Foundation.

The winners of the episode’s contest was slated to bring in $20,000 for their chosen charity.

The TLC series "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" had, in turn, received an honor from GLAAD "for their support of Alana’s "Uncle Poodle" aka Lee Thompson," reported Yahoo TV, where a number of backstage photos of the Honey Boo Boo clan appeared.

"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" has excited a certain amount of skeptical commentary as well as considerable buzz among the show’s fan base. An essay at Examiner.com speculated that the lowered economic expectations in the last few years have created a climate receptive to the show.

"As much as television shows like ’The Jeffersons’ and ’The Cosby Show’ represented very well the economic upward mobility and growth of the middle class during the economic boom of the 1980s, perhaps the new TLC show ’Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ is equally fitting for our current period of American decline and economic recession," the Examiner piece said.

The new season of "Family Feud" premieres Sept. 16.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor, writing about film, theater, food and drink, and travel, as well as contributing a column. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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  • Anonymous, 2013-07-30 15:43:39

    surgar bear is honey booboos biological dad not her stepdad!


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