Hollywood Hillbillies won't be premiering on the Reelz Channel until January, but the future reality stars have wasted no time slamming everyone's favorite redneck in Honey Boo Boo! Hollywood Hillbillies features YouTube star Michael Kittrell, whose "Angry Ginger" video titled "Gingers do have souls!!" went viral in January 2010 and has since racked up over 34 million views. Kittrell will be followed along with his mom "Mema," Delores Hughes, and his other family members as they move from rural Georgia to Hollywood and spend money they reportedly won through his YouTube channel. However, the Hollywood Hillbillies want no comparisons to Honey Boo Boo with their upcoming reality show.
When asked about the natural comparisons between Hollywood Hillbillies and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Kittrell's sister, Dee Dee Peters, said that Honey Boo Boo should be "spanked" for her bad behavior. "She's terrible," she said. "If I would be acting like that, we would have been buried in the backyard."
Speaking with TCA in an internet chat, Hughes said she was excited for Hollywood Hillbillies to air and predicted it would be a smash success. "Hollywood has just gained some weight," said Hughes. "Country has come to town, and we are two tons of fun, let me tell you." Kittrell said he was hoping to find love in Hollywood and said that while, "I'm not the best looking guy ... I'm a lot of fun."
However, it remains to be seen whether Hollywood Hillbillies can beat out Here Comes Honey Boo Boo in the ratings. TLC has a significantly larger viewership and reach than the Reelz Channel, and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo already has an established base of fans. Many people may also simply not give Hollywood Hillbillies a chance and dismiss it as a cheap knock-off.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo premiered in August 2012 to high ratings and controversy. The show is one of the highest rated in the history of TLC, but many have accused the show of exploiting redneck stereotypes, giving the South a bad name and poor parenting skills from the family. The mother, June Shannon, has been criticized for her daughter's diet that includes "Go Go Juice," a mixture of Red Bull and Mountain Dew.
The second season premiered two weeks ago and opened with 2.83 million viewers tuning in.