To say Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson is on the “good ship, lollipop”, would be an understatement. Not only has Alana and her family received a hefty raise for their TLC show, but it has also been renewed for a second season. “‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ has become a pop culture phenomenon,” Amy Winter, general manager of TLC, said in a statement. “What you see is what you get and we are excited to share even more of Alana and her family’s unbridled hilarity, sincerity and love with our viewers.”

As a fan of Alana, since her debut on Toddlers & Tiaras, it didn’t come as a shock to me to hear the show was renewed. To say that Alana has spunk and sass is an understatement. Although the Thompson family isn’t what most people consider “traditional” or even what people want to see on television, they’ve made a name for themselves in the entertainment world. And Alana isn’t the first sassy, chubby, blond girl to leave a mark.

In a recent People interview, Rosie O’Donnell compared Alana to “America’s little darling”, Shirley Temple. “She has a presence and an intellect that goes way beyond her years,” says O’Donnell. “I love Mama June. I love Sugar Bear. I love Chubbs,” she says referring to some of the family members by their nicknames. “I love ’em all.”

Just like Alana, Shirley Temple’s rise to fame had everything to do with her precocious demeanor. By the time Shirley Temple was 7, she was an accomplished actress with merchandise that capitalized on her wholesome image that included dolls, dishes, and clothing. By the age of 22, in 1950, she retired completely from films.

Rosie O’Donnell’s admiration goes beyond being a fan. She also wants to help the family financially. “I’d love to meet them,” she says, “and buy them a house.”

Ride that good ship until your 15 minutes of fame wheels drop off, Thompson family!

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