Honey Boo Boo’s father, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, once said he smelled “like a bowl of oyster stew” and Mama June is known to scent the home with her unsavory-looking “multi-meal” cook-ups.
And now viewers can delight in the unlikely smells produced by the reality TV clan thanks to a new “scratch n’ sniff” initiative launched to coincide with the Season 2 premiere of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo on July 17.
TLC have produced ten million cards fragranced with six “mystery” scents, allowing fans to experience the “diverse and fragrant” aromas found in rural McIntyre, Georgia.
Each scent will correlate to various scenes in the all-new episodes. In a TV advert promoting the gimmick, June Shannon says: “Get your card. When you see the number on your TV, scratch the corresponding number, take big whiff and see what you smell.”
Many have attempted to guess what the aromas associated with the Boo Boo gang will be.
Scratch n’ sniff initiative launch will coincide with the Season 2 premiere of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo on July 17
IVillage points out that the Thompson family has shared their home with some odiferous pets, like Glitzy the pig and Nugget the chicken.
“And naturally, the Thompson family always enjoys a good game of Guess Who’s Breath?” it continues.
While The Stir wrote: “Can you imagine what your nose is in for? A whiff of Mama June’s multi-meals (which is basically a big mixture with all the leftovers in the fridge), those ever-present cheese balls, the smell of that questionable rug in the family room.”
Explaining how the idea came about, Amy Winter, TLC’s general manager, said: “We couldn’t think of a more fitting way to kick off the new season than with two Watch ‘n Sniff episodes.
“The family loves coming up with crazy games and hijinks, so now our audience gets to play along with one. It’s an experience they certainly won’t want to miss!”
The scratch cards will be distributed in People and Us Weekly magazine, which will hit newsstands on July 5 and July 12 respectively.
Additional cards will also be available at select Time Warner Cable retail stores nationwide and distributed by “street teams”.
The series, which averaged 2.3 million viewers last fall, provides a candid look inside the family’s unapologetically loud and unique lives.
The season premiere of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo will air on Wednesday, July 17 on TLC at 9 p.m.
Toddlers & Tiaras star Honey Boo Boo, a second grader from McIntyre Georgia, is in high demand after her TLC reality show drew more viewers than vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s speech at the Republican National Convention.
Yesterday the seven-year-old pageant queen learned the heavy price that comes with fame as she busily signed head shots at a local amusement arcade before rushing off to a TLC press junket.
In an interview with The Associated Press this week, Alana Thompson said that filming the show was fun because she got to do things she doesn’t always get to do, like going to a water park.
And sure enough, the Here Comes Honey Boo star managed to squeeze in a little bit of me time at the local amusement arcade The Fun Zone in Milledgeville.
Honey Boo Boo signs autographs at the amusement arcade in Milledgeville
After a quick game of PacMan, followed by what looked like a quick telling off from mother June Shannon, the canny kid and her bagful of tokens headed straight to the Skee Ball machine.
The bowling game, known by arcade aficionados to pay out the most tickets, delivered, and Alana Thompson, known for her outrageous catchphrases “a dolla makes me holla!” and “you better redneckognize!”, could not contain her delight.
But there was little time to cash in her tickets, as the mother and daughter were spotted not much later leaving home with wet hair and Honey Boo Boo changed into a pink t-shirt with the words “We Dream” with a pair of denim shorts and sparkly high heeled shoes.
Critics have accused the Thompson family of everything from child exploitation to glamorizing redneck stereotypes.
But June Shannon has said: “Life is all about experiences and this is one of the experiences on the journey of life, and if it continues, fine, and if it doesn’t, then we move on to be the same people we were before the show even started.”
The season finale of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo airs Wednesday, September 26 on TLC.
Alana Thompson, also known as Honey Boo Boo, and her family visited a wig store during the latest episode of reality TV show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
Honey Boo Boo, 7, headed to the hilariously named Shh! It’s A Wig store with her mother June, her father Sugar Bear, and older sisters 12-year-old Lauryn “Pumpkin”, 15-year-old Jessica “Chubbs”, and 17-year-old Anna “Chickadee” in search of the perfect wig for an upcoming pageant.
Alana Thompson decides that the right wig will help her win the competition and tries on various styles.
However she is unhappy with most of them and her mother agrees that the majority look “a hot mess”.
“I look like I’m gonna rob somebody!” jokes the pint sized beauty queen as she is fitted with a wig cap.
Her mother also gets in on the wig sampling action, much to the delight of partner Sugar Bear.
“When I saw June in a blonde wig, it kinda made me a little frisky and uhh I wanted to jump some bones,” he says.
Alana Thompson, also known as Honey Boo Boo, and her family visited a wig store during the latest episode of reality TV show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
Honey Boo Boo eventually settles on a gold sparkly wig, but mother June Thompson decides that the store’s selection are not suitable for her daughter, remarking that they look more like Halloween wigs than pageant wigs.
The Thompson family later celebrates Independence Day by having dinner together at a barque house, where Honey Boo Boo remarks that the food-loving clan are “fat”, before her father corrects her, adding: “We’re not fat, we’re pleasingly plump.”
“I want the chicken, and the barbeque and then I want the ribs,” says Alana.
“That’s three!” replies her mother, June Shannon.
“I know, but I get two sides, why can’t my sides be meat?”
The episode also showed the Thompsons driving over to the local dumpster, which they dubbed the “department store”, and sifting through the rubbish.
They excitedly reveal that they once found a surround sound with only one broken speaker at the spot.
“They should have a <<Dumpster Diva Pageant>> cos I would win,” Honey Boo Boo declares, before revealing: “All Pumpkin’s clothes comes from the dumpster.”
TLC first introduced viewers to Toddlers and Tiaras star Alana Thompson in January, where her amusing personality and self-confidence became a fixture in pop culture.
The network offered the family a spin-off series, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, an inside look into little Alana Thompson’s world.
Since premiering on August 8, the show has attracted millions of viewers and its August 29 installment attracted nearly 3 million viewers, eclipsing every network’s coverage of the Republican National Convention and Paul Ryan’s speech.
Each episode follows Honey Boo Boo and her unapologetically outrageous family.