Like it or not TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo” has unbelievably grown into somewhat a pop culture phenomenon. Both Britney Spears and Ke$ha post quotes from the show on Twitter and Rosie O’Donnell compared little Honey Boo Boo (Alana) to a down trodden Shirley Temple character who wants to buy a house for her family. (OMFG!)
But one thing positive did come out (literally) in the season finale of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” and that was a visit by her much-loved ”Uncle Poodle” (Sugar Bear’s openly gay brother 29-year-old brother Lee Thompson), to which Honey Boo Boo noted, “Ain’t nothin’ wrong with bein’ a little gay. Everybody’s a little gay.”
So just like that gay rednecks are now represented on television and Lee Thompson is damn well proud of it and to be the poster boy for them.
Lee Thompson married his husband, Josh, this past August.
From the GA Voice:
“Things are changing. My husband and I live in Milledgeville (GA) because we want to be out in the country. I’m gay, but I’m as redneck as I can get, and we want to be somewhere we can fish and jump on a four-wheeler, go hog wallowing. There’s probably 40 or 50 of us — gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered people — around here, they’re all open about it, everybody knows it,” he says.
“It’s not like there’s a gay bar here. We go to the same bars as everybody else, we’re all part of the same community… If there’s people who have a problem with it, they keep it to themselves, just like if I have a problem with them, I keep it to myself.”
“But,” he adds, “If you want people to accept you, you have to show you don’t have a problem with yourself and just be up front about who you are. If you do, you earn people’s respect. If everybody would just go on and do that, ignorant people couldn’t cause so many problems. I know this is how I was born and I don’t need to explain it to anybody. I live my life for who I am. That’s why ‘Born This Way’ is gonna be my next tattoo.”
While a second season of the series is still in negotiations, TLC has announced plans to air a series of “Honey Boo Boo” holiday specials and Lee is ready and willing to return even with all the extra attention he gets now.
“I was at the Wal-Mart in Forsyth, getting ready to check out. And this woman kept following me, like it was obvious she was following me. Finally, I turned to her and said, ‘Ma’am, can I help you with something?’ and she said, ‘Can I ask you a question?’ I told her if her question was if I’m Uncle Poodle, yes I was. She said, ‘Can I get my picture with you?’, and she was so excited, she said her husband wasn’t gonna believe it. That’s how it goes now.”