A Cliff Notes Guide To The Honey Boo Boo Child Molester Controversy
So we've been doing a pretty good job of staying on top of this story about Mama June from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo supposedly dating a child molester, but new information has been coming out about it so rapidly that we thought it might be helpful to put it all in one place so it's easier to tell what we're dealing with.
Obviously I can't promise I can make it make sense, because this is a child molester we're dealing with, but at least we can catch you up on this nonsense. So here it is, friends — our cliff notes guide to this shitshow. Be forewarned that there's some offensive content ahead. Y'know, because of that whole child molester thing. GUH.
Who's involved here?
We're talking about June Shannon, mother of Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo‘ Thompson, the nine-year old star of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. She's supposedly dating a man named Mark McDaniel, who just got out of prison after serving ten years for aggravated child molestation.
Is that as bad as it sounds?
No, it's worse. According to his conviction, in the months between October 2002 and March 2003, he had multiple sexual interactions with an eight-year old girl, involving sodomizing her, forcing her to perform oral sex on him, penetrating her digitally, placing his genitals on hers, and masturbating in her presence. I know. I'm as sorry that I had to write that as you are to have read it.
But that's as bad as it gets, right?
Nope. At first, media outlets refused to release the name of the child victim, but did reveal that this person was related somehow to June Shannon, which only made it more absurd that was reportedly dating him. Then, after initially defending her mother and saying the photo of June and Mark together was Photoshopped, June's oldest daughter Anna Cardwell, now twenty, came forward to acknowledge that she had been Mark's victim twelve years before. Jesus Christ.
So what happened?
To their credit, placed in a situation where they needed to choose between their money and their morals, TLC chose correctly, and I've been so so impressed by the way they've handled it. Over June's protestations that the story was made up, TLC canceled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo over concerns that June was placing her children in an inappropriate, dangerous situation, and they didn't want to support it. So good for them.
How did they know the two of them were together?
TLC's decision was apparently based on a photograph released by TMZ showing June and Mark cuddling in bed, and insider information that June was shopping around for a car to buy for Mark, presumably with the money she makes off her daughter's television show. Just a complete clusterfuck of ‘not at all okay'.
And just to validate their concerns, another photo was released today showing June, Mark, and Alana at the top of a set of stairs, with Mark's hand resting on her shoulder. It honestly turns my stomach to even think about it.
What happens now?
Well the show is canceled, no matter how many times June insists that she dropped Mark back when he was first convicted of child molestation in 2004, and how many of her children support her like her fourteen-year old daughter Lauryn ‘Pumpkin' Shannon did.
Many of the family members obviously want to get their show back and have all this negative publicity go away, but they have even bigger problems, because there are rumors that Child Protective Services are going to remove June's children from the home for their own safety.
What's the bottom line?
Basically, as horrifying as it is to watch this play out on a national stage, it's actually good that Honey Boo Boo and her family are so famous, because it means there's no way that June is going to get away with exposing her youngest daughter to the same dangers that she failed to protect her oldest daughter from. And in a situation this stomach-turning, that's the best possible result. Blegh. Gotta wash out my brain.