honey boo boo and mama june

Mother of Honey Boo Boo, and costar of her eponymous show, “Mama” June Shannon has been critiqued quite a bit about her parenting, but also about her weight. Recently, a photo of her jumping into a pool was sold to tabloids taken and published by another guest. A Crushable editor Jenni Maier frustratedly said to me while we discussed the issue, “The only reason it was news is because she made a big splash.”

Fortunately, it seems like she is fairly unaffected mindset-wise by the awful comments people have made about her weight, though she did lose approximately 115 pounds last year. In an interview with InTouch, she had this to say:

“Everybody has opinions, and everyone has haters. I think you have to be happy with yourself, even if you’re big. If you worry about trying to make other people happy, you won’t be happy yourself.

“I gain a couple of pounds back and then I lose them. But even if I gained the whole 100 pounds back, I’d be okay with it. A lot of larger people beat themselves up when they gain, but I’m really happy with myself.”

Okay, first of all: I wish I felt that okay with myself doing the yo-yo weight thing (yes, even when I eat healthily and consistently exercise, in the event I was about to receive unsolicited diet advice). It’s really, really healthy to not get angry with yourself when weight gain or loss occurs; otherwise, dangerous body ideas can set in.

It is ridiculous to criticize their family for somehow being the downfall of our society — and not, say, attacks on women’s reproductive rights, the fact that gay marriage is still not legal, the ever-present wage gap, the economy, disease, hunger, lack of funding for schools, shrimp…I could go on. And yet, people like Adam Levine do just that (for the record: it’s still not okay to be an asshole about a child).

I have no qualms with how Mama June raises her child (from what I have seen of the show, at least). Many people cite the little girl’s “a dolla makes me holla” quote as being the equivalent of child abuse evidence, but honestly, kids were saying some way weirder, more age inappropriate words when I was a kid, too. Kids just say weird shit; they’re kids.

In general, it comes down to the same ol’ issue of not judging people by their bodies. Basing your opinion on their actions? Just fine! If you truly believe they are awful based entirely on their behavior, public appearances and camouflage dresses, then yes, that is fine. But honestly, I do not believe that there would be quite as much of a cruel, outraged stir had the pair not been considered overweight.

Photo: Michael Wright/WENN.com