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

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

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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.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2014 06:12
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2014 00:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: homophobia; gay men; stereotyping; television shows; reality show; family life; pop culture
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9502 Communication > 950204 The Media
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23932

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