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'Honey Boo Boo': The Talk of McIntyre, Ga.

Critics call it "Reality TV's Trashiest Sensation."

It's a show on the TLC Network, and Central Georgia can proudly say it's shot right here at home.

We're talking about "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." It's shot in the tiny Wilkinson County town of McIntyre.

The show has the whole town talking and debating their moment in the spotlight.

It's population is about 1,000. Officer Joe Kump told us, "It's your basic small town. Everybody knows everybody."

Kump is one of five officers on the McIntyre police force.

You can throw a stone from the department to most any place in town, including the "Honey Boo Boo" child's home.

Tom McFloyd lived next door the family. He said, "What they're doing on that show is not a put on."

Angie Coats at the Chalk Miner's Diner believes what she sees on TV, too. Coats said, "I've known them for awhile. To me it was normal, because I've seen them in action."

Michael Miskimen at the parts store doesn't know the family. He's only heard about them.

Miskimen said, "I don't think they telling that bunch what to do, from what I hear, now. They might be bleeping out a bunch, but that's about it."

Others argue that the show is scripted.

Pamela Roberts is the City Clerk and works across the street from "Honey Boo Boo's" home.

She said, "They're definitely putting on a little bit. A lot of a little bit, put it that way."

Joe Kump said, "The way they script it, they kind of made some folks look like backwoods rednecks."

McFloyd sees why some may call the family's behavior "uncouth".

He said, "It's probably the farting and stuff on TV, but that's stuff they do. If you went to the house now, they're liable to do that."

13WMAZ did go to the house. Nothing unmannerly happened. In fact, June Shannon, Alana's mom, was very polite and willing to talk to our crew on camera. It was her New York publicist that kept the interview from happening.

Shannon said that the mixed reviews from the community don't really bother her. She did say what you see on the TLC show is what you'll get at their home in McIntyre.

When 13WMAZ went to the house, Alana Thompson, was at school, along with her sisters.

The father whom they call "Sugar Bear" was at work. He works for a company that's a contractor of the chalk mines and he's also a volunteer firefighter, according to police officer Kump.

"Here Comes Honey-Boo-Boo" airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on TLC.


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