First off, I can't stand Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Yes, I have been forced to watch in, but I find nothing entertaining about it.
The show represents everything I have spent my adult life trying to escape. I grew up in a small town in Southeast Missouri full of Honey Boo Boos. And not to judge any of her family, but it reminds me too much of home and why I rarely go back.
Since I left Kennett for college I put in a lot of effort to mellow out my accent. Yes - I still sound like Honey Boo after a few too many drinks, but most people no longer immediately ask me where I am from as soon as my mouth opens. I still describe it as the accent that makes people assume your parents are related.
While some may say I should take at least some pride in where I am from, I consider it a handicap. People equate just the way I sound with stupidity. I despised being immediately stereotyped as unintelligent. Going into a job interview and sounding like a southern hick unfortunately puts you at a disadvantage.
Also, I hated when people embraced this redneck stupidity (and this is only about 10% of my hometown population). The people like Honey Boo Boo's family are just as intelligent as any other average American, but to decide to embrace and celebrate stupidity and redneck culture just amazes me.