By Patrick Kevin Day
1:57 PM CDT, May 6, 2013
Love it or hate it, there's no stopping Honey Boo Boo. And the country's most divisive 7-year-old will be back on July 17 with new episodes of her reality series, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."
To make things just a touch more romantic, it's possible that the new episodes will include Honey Boo Boo's mama's wedding to her longtime beau (and Honey Boo Boo papa), Sugar Bear. Us Weekly ran photos of the newly married couple after their May 5 ceremony, which had the newlyweds wearing camouflage and driving off in a yellow ATV with cans tied to the back.
On the one hand, "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" is one of TLC's biggest hits, averaging 2.3 million viewers last fall. That puts it on par with the channel's other big hits, "Sister Wives," "Breaking Amish" and "Long Island Medium." And it's drawn all kinds of attention from national media, including a parody on "South Park." But that's the downside.
June "Mama" Shannon and her daughter Alana "Boo Boo" Thompson have become targets of scorn across the media landscape. In addition to the "South Park" shaming, everyone from Dr. Drew to Anderson Cooper have weighed in on their disgust for the series and its subjects, the rural-dwelling "Boo Boo" family.
In a piece written for the Los Angeles Times last August, Ada Calhoun called the "ritual stoning" of the family "a little ludicrous."
But it has drawn praise from unexpected sources. Out magazine gave a thumbs up to the show after Alana endorsed her gay uncle, Lee.
In addition to possible wedding footage, the new episodes promise such events as butter rolling, tap dancing lessons and wrestling events. Let the debates begin!
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