Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Honey Boo Boo, even if you haven’t watched that crap show that TLC has given her and her family.
But, just in case you don’t know who she is, I’ll explain a bit. “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is a new show that airs on TLC. It’s a bit of a spin off from “Toddlers & Tiaras” that features Alana, AKA “Honey Boo Boo”, a beauty pageant baby, and her “redneck” family (their words, not mine). There’s her mom, June, her dad, “Sugar Bear”, and her sisters, “Pumpkin”, “Chubbs”, and “Chickadee”. I can’t make this ridiculousness up.
I can’t tell you what exactly goes on in the show, seeing as how I haven’t watched a single episode (and don’t intend to, thankyouverymuch), but apparently it’s drawing a big audience. It even scored more viewers among adults 18-49 than the Republican National Convention*. And since it’s drawing such a large crowd, it must be doing pretty well, which leads one to wonder what kind of salary Honey Boo Boo and her family are pulling from this whole shitshow.
Well, we now know. Or, at least, we think we know. The Hollywood Reporter is claiming that the family is earning somewhere between $2,000-$4,000 an episode. Which means in a 10 episode season, they’re raking in up to 40 grand, and may even be receiving a small “location fee”. But, TMZ is reporting that when June spoke with them, she “laughed out loud”, which they claim means the family is making much more than that.
Now, let’s take a minute to look over some statistics (we’ll use Austin, TX as a comparison, since I’m from Texas). According to Indeed.com, the average firefighter salary is $52,000, the average police officer salary is $38,000, and the average paramedic salary is $48,000. All of those are annually. So, the Honey Boo Boo family makes more than someone who risks their life to save others. America, I love you, but sometimes, you’re so embarrassing.
*Listen, I understand that the Republican National Convention isn’t for everyone, but if you don’t feel like watching it, just please watch something educational instead of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”. We’re better than that.