Inside the Honey Boo Boo Family Scandal

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Alana Thompson, commonly known as Honey Boo Boo, has been a popular tv personality throughout the past few years in pop culture. The child star got her start on the show Toddlers and Tiaras, on TLC. Honey Boo Boo, her mother, and other family members appeared on the show. Honey Boo Boo used to compete in pageants and quickly gained popularity for her unusual charm and personality. This led to her family getting their own spinoff series, entitled “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”

The show was popular, mostly for its comedic value, and was often considered to be funny because the family was known for encompassing an extreme amount of ‘redneck’ stereotypes. The reality series followed the family and showed what their life is typically like. The Shannon-Thompson family and all four sisters were known for their sense of humor and the show’s entertainment value. However, the family also faced a great deal of criticism once they were in the public eye for several things, such as Anna, the eldest sister, having a teen pregnancy, and the controversy that came with that, issues concerning Alana’s health, and the fact that her mother gave her red bull when she was 7 years old. People also began to become concerned that it was child exploitation to film Alana’s daily life at such a young age.

The show, which started in 2012, continued growing in popularity and was commonly referenced in pop culture and various tv shows. However, about two months ago, when the family began filming for their next season, questions arose about June Shannon’s relationship with a previous boyfriend, Mark McDaniel. Mark McDaniel is a convicted child molester, who sexually abused Shannon’s oldest daughter Anna, when she was 8 years old. After he got released from his 10 years in prison, pictures surfaced of Shannon with McDaniel and even of Alana with McDaniel. Once this was discovered, TLC immediately stopped filming and any other activities surrounding the series, stating that their main priority is the safety and well-being of the children.

Anna Cardwell has spoken up since the controversy has come to light. She has stated that she is very hurt that her mother is seeing the McDaniel and angry that she would take him around her other three daughters. Shannon took her daughter Lauryn, commonly known as Pumpkin, to meet McDaniel recently. This was because Pumpkin had questions as to whether McDaniel was her father, why he went to prison, and other questions along those lines. Many fans have been disappointed by the actions of ‘Mama June’ Shannon, and are concerned for her daughters.

Cardwell also revealed in several interviews that her mother is dating Mark McDaniel and has been spending a significant amount of time with him in recent months. Shannon vehemently denied these accusations, stating that she saw McDaniel only twice, once for Pumpkin to ask questions, and another was by coincidence. However, images have surfaced of Shannon and McDaniel in a bed together, which were published by TMZ. Shannon claims these images were photoshopped.

Earlier this week, Shannon appeared on the Dr.Phil show in an attempt to clear the air concerning the recent controversy surrounding her. She denied everything, stating that they were rumors, and that her daughter Anna had lied about some things. Shannon’s mother also appeared on the show briefly, expressing her concern for all four of her granddaughters. The next day, Alana’s uncle, Lee Thompson, appeared on the show. He said that Shannon lied about several things during the interview, including her relationship with McDaniel and how many times he has seen the kids. Dr. Phil asked Thompson if he was willing to take a polygraph test, and he agreed. The polygraph results show that he was telling the truth.

There is a growing amount of concern with regards to the well-being of June Shannon’s daughters. TLC has reached out to Anna to offer counseling and does not plan on continuing on with the show. What do you think of the recent scandal regarding Honey Boo Boo’s family? Share your thoughts in a comment below.



Posted on November 19, 2014, in News, Top Stories and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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