As if America’s once proud economy and culture were not already low enough, now are great artists are making 25 pound sculptures of Honey Boo Boo.
Honey Boo Boo is a show that follows the Theory of Hillbilly, as brilliantly put forward on Slate.com. The theory forwards the idea that during a time of social unrest and economic instability, Americans will turn to ‘hillbilly culture’ to feel better about their lives and the world around them. The soda Mountain Dew is slang for Kentucky Blue Mountain moonshine, the drink popularized during an economic recession for America. Shows like The Beverly Hillbillies, Swamp People, Call of the Wildman and countless other shows play into the theory.
But perhaps nothing shows America’s cultural pit moments better than Honey Boo Boo. The kid herself is cute and eccentric, outrageous and a bit remniscent of a Curly Sue gone wrong. But when adding in a severely overweight mother who makes her child guzzle down Go-Go juice, taking pride in living in a scanty where her other daughters are things like the ‘pregnantest’ and all the other nonsense we have come to know on the show, we somehow can feel that our lives are not so bad or stressful in comparison.
Is this art an ode to that current American attitude?