The Vulgar Games
Pondering the Honey Boo Booization of America.
Nov 11, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 09 • By JUDY BACHRACH
Well, I have just three things to say about that. Four, really.
One: Yes, I did used to threaten both Noah and Sam, my attractive sons, with no dessert and also an order to leave the table whenever they got out of line as children. Two: I’m not so sure “ruled the roost” quite covers the way we were perceived by those who were thus deprived of our company. Three: Threats of banishment or deprivation weren’t invariably successful civilizing instruments. Four: There was, for example, that time during a very long Rosh Hashanah service when the boys started punching each other, and I said, “You two do that again and I’m taking you both home in a heartbeat! And that’s a promise.”
All I am saying is, and I am certain Paula Deen would understand this part: Civilization ain’t easy.
Judy Bachrach is a contributing editor to Vanity Fair.