And shit needs to be called out because now it is just NOT okay. How are we supporting women by shipping them with men who abuse them and rape them? You want some random bitch up in your bed? They act like we are fucking stupid. We researched this shit. It says no right on red and the speed limit is 25, Jimothy. Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. Ashley F. Ashley Miller. Miller, All Rights Reserved. It could not have been done without her. Redneck women. redneck white trash girls with guns pbr pabstblueribbon brandie graves flannel · notes. notes. Jul 24th, Open in app; Facebook. Dependent as the show is on stereotypes of rednecks and poor white trash, especially white trash women, it is also remarkably progressive around issues of.
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Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. Ashley F. Ashley Miller. Miller, All Rights Reserved. It could not have been done without her. Nicol Cabe for ensuring my inescapable relationship with the Internet and pop culture. This study examines Tumblr posts about Here Comes Honey Boo Boo to understand the nature of Tumblr and the way a convergent culture that includes non-viewers negotiates a television show dependent on stereotypes.
Discourses around authenticity, LGBTQ issues, and body acceptance resist the negative white trash connotations of the show, but this resistance is embedded in stereotypes around race, class, gender, sexuality, and geography.
The result is a continuum in which users negotiate what the show means in how they use that show to communicate about other issues based on which axes of power they resist and uphold. This analysis gives insight into how online culture serves to reflect hegemonies without necessarily undermining them, how Tumblr memes serve to define the values of the site, and how an individual television show is co-opted into the online language of memes.
Talking about Stereotypes 14 1. Literature Review Discourses of the Body Discussion and Conclusions Introduction My first realization that Honey Boo Boo1 had become a complex discursive phenomenon came with the appearance of an image from the show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo in my social media feeds.
In this animated image, June Shannon, the overweight matriarch of the show, careens down a waterslide in her bathing suit with joy on her face. This study explores how online content creators engage with television stereotypes online. Specifically, this study seeks to understand the ways in which online content that is created using a reality television show as source material supports, undermines, and interacts with the tropes of the white trash stereotype.
It also seeks to 4 Ryan M. This research uses discourse analysis to examine the Tumblr content created with, around, and about the phenomenon of Honey Boo Boo. How does Tumblr content use Honey Boo Boo in discourse explicitly and implicitly about race, class, gender, sexuality, and geography? What are these discourses? How do these discourses adopt, negotiate, or resist common U. As a progressive space, does Tumblr resist the hegemonic narratives of Honey Boo Boo?
The family on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo represents a unique intersection of poor, white, fat, southern, LGBTQ-allied, and female-dominated social actors, positioning the show along the power axes of class, race, weight, geography, sexuality, and gender. This study attempts to understand Tumblr discourse about Honey Boo Boo through the framework of intersectional theory.
Intersectional theory assumes that social categories of race, class, and gender are intertwined and together constitute identity and 7 All discourse gathered for this study pre-dates the cancellation of the show. The analysis does not focus on the molestation scandal, which will be discussed briefly in the conclusion.
How do these axes of power interact in online discourse? Launched in , Tumblr is an active, expanding Internet site with more than million users from around the world. Unlike Twitter, Tumblr has no character limits, deemphasizes the importance of individuals and conversations, and does not limit the kind or length of content posted. Tumblr offers full integration of animated gifs, which makes the content more dynamic than Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest, or Instagram.
The focus on gifs and image macros increases the importance of the hashtag system because they often serve as the only searchable information on a post. The hashtag functionality makes content easy to discover, and on Tumblr gives nearly equal footing to new users with few followers and large established blogs. The result is a site where trolling and relationships between users are both deemphasized.
Users are not required to fill out a profile, are allowed to have as many blogs as they want, and generally use a pseudonym as their username. It is a site of feminist and trans-activism. Connell and James W. Hegemonic Masculinity and the Dr. They are poor and have been preceded in life by generations of poverty.
June was 15 when she had her first child and was 32 when she became a grandmother. The show follows the family couponing, participating in pageants, and going on adventures to events like the Redneck Olympics.
Unlike other toddlers on the show, she did not throw tantrums and was not being controlled by a stereotypical "stage mother. They view pageants as a way for girls to learn how to be successful women. This use of money on pageants rather than on necessities plays into the idea that poverty is self-inflicted. The representation of a poor white family in a mainstream television space is, even if a problematic representation, still resistance to erasure.
Race and Class in America. Matt Wray and Annalee Newitz. London and New York: Routledge, , — Although this stereotype has been a prominent feature of daytime television talk shows since the s, it has been rare during primetime, even on the more daring cable channels, until the recent past. Daytime talk shows occupy a place in the industry similar to the current position of reality television — it is cheap to produce, dependent on stereotypes, and a genre that is treated with disdain.
While being heavily dependent on tropes of white trash, the show also portrays the characters behaving in ways that work against many of the stereotypes associated with white trash.
Honey Boo Boo has already been the subject of scholarly interest. As a popular reality television show relying on stereotypes of rural Southerners, it has offered scholars rich ground to explore those stereotypes. Bevie Tyo examined the redneck stereotype within the show, doing a cultural value analysis of the problematic representation of the main characters and noting that the show was constructed to use those stereotypes for entertainment.
Newitz and M. Scholars like Geoffrey Parkes and May Friedman have pushed back against a simplistic understanding of the show as merely exploitative of Southern stereotypes, suggesting instead that it also serves as a site of resistance. The show also offers resistance to issues of class expectations and, in that way, serves, at least partly, as a site of resistance against the Southern stereotypes it uses. Oddities of Culture, ed. Alison F. Slade, Amber J.
Narro, and Burton P. Buchanan Lexington Books, Social media has allowed audiences to interact much more closely with television while reality television has encouraged a sense of intimacy for audiences. These two phenomena have led to the creation of fascinating sites of discourse around reality shows. Cavalcante even extends this research into online social media spaces, where there has been less analysis of stereotypes, by locating his discourse analysis in the medium of Facebook.
This study wishes to add to that scholarship by focusing on an area of social media that has been under-studied Tumblr and the image macro and that offers new insights into the stereotypes and resistance to cultural expectations while also offering insight into the cutting edge of online communications.
Talking about Stereotypes The Internet has been studied extensively as a site of communication and location of discourse, but, in many ways, it also acts as a site of community creation.
While social networks may offer a new kind of interaction between people, they also offer a new way to build communities. Before the Internet, audiences had to wait to talk about Seinfeld around the water cooler at work the next day, but audiences are now able to talk to a much broader community of people interested in a show as it is happening, creating a sense of watching television together.
Television shows have official hashtags that their networks promote on air and online, and reality television shows often ask for audience feedback and voting. Competition shows are especially reliant on participation from viewers in their voting processes, but shows with large fandoms or that are popular in cultural discourse often feature heavily in Internet communications.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is an example of a show that became part of the cultural mainstream, primarily through mainstream news coverage, and found itself as both the subject of online communications and part of the online language used to talk about other things. The Internet not only changes communication by creating virtual communities, but it also offers new ways of communicating.
Thanks to the speed of modern Internet connections and the ready availability of simple and easy to use multimedia editing tools, people are no longer limited to text or speech as a way of interacting with others.
Their 52 Ibid. Image macros are a kind of image-based meme comprised of still or moving images with text over them. Thus, the original image macro can become the basis for jokes that play on the original.
The image macro is particularly important in my study of Honey Boo Boo discourse on Tumblr because the majority of posts on Tumblr use both images and text to create meaning, and this content on Tumblr offers rich cultural content to analyze, richer than in other online spaces.
All of these uses are memetic; they appropriate the image or catchphrase that has spread, but the resulting image macro yields new meaning. Many of the image macros and memes on Tumblr make use of humor, of course, but beneath the humor is serious engagement with issues. Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era, , 8. Some captions make fun of the catchphrase or the show and some use the image to describe other circumstances.
A meme can be referenced in other media, like a different television show, and then that new reference can be used in a similar way that the first one was, but with different connotations.
For more information, see Chapter 3. All of these different images play on the content of the original, offering moments of embracing or identifying with Alana and her catchphrase or mocking the character and the catchphrase.
Often, both in positive and negative interpretations, stereotypes are relied on to convey messages. Tumblr exists at the center of a new intertextual and multimedia way of communicating. What Tumblr provides is a wealth of material to analyze that lives fully inside the Internet as an Internet-specific way of communicating. It is not possible to share in a print-based document most of the content as it actually appears on Tumblr. Online content creators have collectively constructed a distinct online discourse about the reality television show and a range of other topics salient to U.
This study examines this online discourse as it appears on Tumblr in an attempt to understand how viewers interact with and communicate about television in the digital age. Which stereotypes find their way into the Tumblr discourse? Are these stereotypes parroted and accepted? Are they challenged? Are they used to communicate different meanings than those seemingly offered in the show? Reality television, especially shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, depend heavily on stereotypes for their success.