In his lovely, lengthy essay on misunderstood TLC reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Sam Worley prognosticated that “fart” would be among the aromas featured in the “watch-and-sniff” second-season premiere. (A six-scent scratch-and-sniff card came tucked inside the latest issues of both
People and Us Weekly—I won’t even pretend I don’t like having an excuse to buy Us Weekly.) Worley’s was a reasonable prediction for a number of reasons. Or, rather, one reason: The family from whence Honey Boo Boo (I’m talking about seven-year-old Alana Thompson) came is a family full of farters. In fact, in the first half of the two-episode premiere, an entire segment is devoted to the whole gang teaching a professional wrestler to cup a fart and throw it at his opponent.