He's gonna be a little gay: redneckognising the queer American family in Here comes Honey Boo Boo

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Parkes, Geoff. 2013. "He's gonna be a little gay: redneckognising the queer American family in Here comes Honey Boo Boo." Mountfort, Paul (ed.) 4th Annual Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference (PopCAANZ 2013). Brisbane, Australia 24 - 26 Jun 2013 Auckland, New Zealand.
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He's gonna be a little gay: redneckognising the queer American family in Here comes Honey Boo Boo

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AuthorParkes, Geoff
EditorsMountfort, Paul
Journal or Proceedings TitlePProceedings of the 4th Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ 2013)
ERA Conference ID51027
Number of Pages9
Year2013
Place of PublicationAuckland, New Zealand
ISBN9780646915616
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://popcaanz.com/conferenceproceedings_2013/Gender_Parkes_ALittleGay.pdf
Conference/Event4th Annual Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference (PopCAANZ 2013)
Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual International Conference
Event Details
4th Annual Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference (PopCAANZ 2013)
Event Date
24 to end of 26 Jun 2013
Event Location
Brisbane, Australia
Event Details
Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand Annual International Conference
PopCAANZ
Abstract

Alana Thompson, aka Honey Boo Boo Child, emerged as an unlikely but loveable pop culture sensation from the series Toddlers & Tiaras, earning her family its own reality TV show. Reflecting, at bare minimum, a change in American viewing habits, episode 4 drew more viewers than the Republican National Conference. This paper will consider two important elements: the representation of gay men, especially Uncle Poodle, in the show and the resistant reading of the show by its audience. Attention will be paid to public responses that challenge apparent efforts by the show's producers to stereotype the Thompson family, showing how queer readings of Honey Boo Boo Child celebrate a re-working of camp, relationships and pop culture in American family life.

Keywordshomophobia; gay men; stereotyping; television shows; reality show; family life; pop culture
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440599. Gender studies not elsewhere classified
520599. Social and personality psychology not elsewhere classified
470214. Screen and media culture
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Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Arts
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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