It was never clear why TLC had created a reality television series as a spin-off of their “Toddlers And Tiaras” program with their series “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” except to say that people tended to tune in to the show to see the main star, Alana (Honey Boo Boo) Thompson and her southern, redneck family and TLC got the ratings.
While viewers kept the show alive for 4 seasons and several specials, TLC has finally pulled the plug on “disgusting” when “Mama June” Shannon started dating her former boyfriend and convicted child molester/pedophile, 53 year old Mark McDaniel while still being married to co-star and current husband, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson.
TLC apparently cancelled the show in spite of having a season’s worth of footage of the show, taped and canned on the shelves which it says will not be shown.
Thirty-four year old “Mama June” had been dating McDaniel over several months after he had been released from prison, having served 10 years for molesting and sexually assaulting June’s eldest daughter, Anna Shannon along with another case of the same from a different county. Reportedly, Anna has issues with her mother and considers her mother’s actions as a betrayal. TLC considered it unsafe since June has allowed her youngest daughter Alana to be around McDaniel after having her sister molested by the man over 10 years ago.
Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson is the daughter of June’s current husband, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson.
Critics have long since hated TLC’s choice in this program to begin with but, with the dirty secrets that have now been exposed, TLC has seemingly taken “The High Road” by cancelling the program, shelving another taped season, getting child protective services involved and possibly taking June’s children away from her.
Incredibly, the show’s first episode had a 1.6 rating in the 18–49 demographic, attracting 2.2 million viewers.
For many though, the show along with its originating show “Toddlers And Tiara’s” struck a chord of child exploitation and critics leaped upon the hater bandwagon for the ethics behind TLC’s decision on both programs but, more specifically, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo”.
Forbes, the American Business Magazine, came down on TLC’s choice as trying to “portray Alana’s family as a horde of lice-picking, lard-eating, nose-thumbing hooligans south of the Mason–Dixon line,” stating that “it falls flat, because there’s no true dysfunction here, save for the beauty pageant stuff.”
Many would beg to disagree with this statement. There was everything “dysfunctional” about both this family as well as the programs on which they appeared, produced by TLC. There’s nothing glamorous or functional in parents dressing their toddlers up to look like they are 20-something year olds, complete with full faced adult make-up, fake teeth and revealing costumes, training them to walk and act like adult beauty pageant contestants. It’s a field day for pedophiles waiting to attract them.
Secondly, the family truly is skin-picking, lard-eating, nose picking, dirt rolling, farting, belching, over-eating, overweight, ignorant, dumpster-diving, hicks from the south who live like rednecks. There is no denying that for anyone who has watched the program but, that’s what TLC seemed to prey upon for its viewership. People tuned in by the hordes to watch what was akin to a circus freak side-show family and their backwards hillbilly style antics.
Mama June seems to have little if any scruples and has seemingly been passing on her ignorance to her daughters.
June’s first daughter, Anna Shannon was fathered by a convicted criminal, David Dunn who went to prison in 1995 for stealing a gun and again in 1998 for stealing cigarettes. Anna then went on to become an unwed mother in her middle teens during the show’s first season.
Anthony Michael Ford, a registered sex offender is Jessica “Chubs” Shannon‘s father and had served more than two years in prison in 2005 for sexually exploiting a child.
No one knows who fathered 12-year-old Lauryn Shannon. Sources close to June believe that even she doesn’t know who the father was.
Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson’s father was David Michael Thompson “Sugar Bear” and he was sentenced to five years for robbing a series of hunting camps.
Even June, herself was jailed for passing bad checks and stealing money from McDonald’s when she was an employee. Kind of a less than stellar set of examples for a mother to pass onto her daughters, all fathered by criminals and a couple of child molesters.
June then threw her toddler, Alana into toddler beauty pageants and fed “Honey Boo Boo” a mixture of Red Bull and Mountain Dew before pageants with enough caffeine to catapult an adult into a hyper-frenzied mode, let alone a mere child.
“There are far worse things…I could be giving her alcohol,” June responded without a blink and leaving question marks as to whether she has or would do that if it got her a spot on television.
Finally, TLC has come to its senses in cancelling the series. Whether they did it because it truly was connected to Mama June’s child molesting boyfriend or whether they were taking flack for it which threatened the network’s credibility, we don’t know but, one thing is for certain, June needs to lose her children until she smartens up a few notches. Mike “Sugar Bear” also needs a slap upside the head and to lose custody of his daughter, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” because it is alleged that he knew about the affair June was having with McDaniel and did nothing about it.
It seems that an investigation into this mother’s actions is warranted as is the cancellation of the show. Let Alana “Honey Boo Boo” just be a child and her sisters grow up to be ladies with proper guidance. Let the circus drop.
More than anything, may TLC be more selective and careful in what programming they put on air from here on out. It’s called, “The Learning Channel”, not the TCC “The Controversy Channel”.
At least, that’s the way that I see things from my little corner of life.