Over on Salon, they managed for a moment to take a break from ultra-liberal outrage and trolling headlines to post Christy O’Shoney’s insights into the Honey Boo Boo appearance on The Tonight Show this week. You may not be surprised to learn (after they cut Shailene Woodley’s feminist rant) that The Tonight Show once again sought to edit together the most favorable cut of the interview so as to ensure that the illustion of Honey Boo Boo as an adorable, Mt. Dew swilling redneck be kept intact.
In fact, however, Honey Boo Boo was frequently fed answers by her mom (or her Mom simply answered for her), and Boo Boo’s hostility toward her Mom was also left on the cutting room floor.
From O’Shoney’s account of the taping on Salon:
For example, the friendship bracelet moment seems cute and quick on TV, but in person, it was actually kind of agonizing. It didn’t just happen once, but several times, and the more it was discussed, the more openly hostile Boo Boo became. And in addition to the friendship bracelet crisis, the episode left out some deeply uncomfortable spats between Mama June and Alana. You see it a bit in the broadcast, but Mama June was continually either answering questions on behalf of Boo Boo or mumbling answers to her. The quick wit we’ve come to expect from Honey Boo Boo was nowhere to be seen, but instead it was fed to her by her pageant mom. The scene reminded me of the cringe-worthy “Today” show interview with Kate Gosselin and her twin daughters, Mady and Cara - the one where the 13-year-old girls fell silent when asked if they were doing OK.
But the most notable moment to be left out of Honey Boo Boo’s appearance on “The Tonight Show” was when she became so fed up that she actually struck Mama June. Up until this point, Fallon had been doing a great job of navigating Alana’s weird behavior, but it was at this moment when he became positively awesome. “NEVER hit your mother!” he exclaimed, in a voice that was serious with just a hint of a joke, and the studio audience erupted in applause. Finally, we thought, someone is addressing this child’s attitude.
Good for Fallon for stepping in there and providing an ACTUAL parenting moment for Boo Boo, whose own mother doesn’t seem to be too keen on doing any actual mothering herself, otherwise Boo Boo would know better than to appear on a talk show and feign sleeping to express boredom toward someone who is not only paying her to appear but helping to promote her career, as happened a couple of years ago when Boo Boo appeared with Dr. Drew.
This child is a monster, and her mother is the Dr. Frankenstein in the equation.