America’s Richest Rednecks

Nowadays, there are plenty of ways for someone to make a few bucks. For the people that our media culture have dubbed “rednecks,” their traditional occupation was farming or outdoor labor. The word redneck came from the red, sunburned necks of farmers and agricultural workers, and was typically used by upper-class people to remind their social inferiors that they didn’t need to work in the field, and instead had the luxury of choosing intellectual occupations.

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Now, many people who live in the American South have proudly reclaimed the word redneck, and use it to describe themselves in a loving and teasing way. Now, there are tons of TV shows that invite us into the lives of the proud rednecks of the America. And, tons of them have made a whole lot of money cashing those fat network cheques. Check out some of them below!

Honey Boo Boo and the Thompson Family

America was first introduced to Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Thompson and her kooky family through the show Toddlers and Tiaras on TLC. When we first met her, she was a contestant in a children’s beauty pageant, and in order to win, her mother plied her with “go-go juice,” a concoction of Mountain Dew and Red Bull energy drink. Unfortunately, she didn’t win, but her family’s antics in that episode prompted TLC to offer them a show of their own.

Here Comes Honey Boo Boo ran for four seasons, and the family was paid over $50,000 per episode. Alana’s mother, June, claims that the family continues to live simply, clipping coupons and pinching pennies, in order to save the reality TV money in trust funds for each of Alana’s siblings until they reach the age of majority.