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Now, let’s get into the real dirt shall we? All of the comments about June made me stop and start doing some internet searches to find out what is currently happening with the family. There are tons of news articles about them, naturally. But many of the most recent seem to be focused on June and her past legal run-ins.
I started with Drudge Report because they usually have the most verifiable information. I searched for “Honey Boo Boo,” “June Shannon,” “June Thompson,” and “Honey Boo Boo Mama.” I got no results. But I don’t really check with Drudge Report for breaking news. They generally, not always, offer the information that verifies whatever rumor is in the works. I used Snopes with the same searches with the same results.
After Snopes washed out, I started working with typical Google searches. I searched for June using various iterations: “June Shannon,” “June Thompson,” “Honey Boo Boo’s Mama,” “Toddler and Tiara Honey Boo Boo,” and “Honey Boo Boo Mama June.”
I kept finding links to the mugshot of June from 2008. But, at the time of this writing, all of the stories linked back to a post on either Starcasm or the National Enquirer. According to the National Enquirer’s unnamed source, DFACS paid a visit to the family shortly after filming for the show began.
“Honey Boo Boo’s upbringing raised eyebrows with neighbors,” a source told The ENQUIRER.
“The parents feed her energy drinks, cheese puffs for breakfast and brag about how they cook roadkill for meals. She even eats roadkill with flies swarming around her head!”
Starcasm tells us that June was arrested in 2008 for a Contempt of Court Charge and a Theft by Taking charge. According to Starcasm, there is some confusion over whether the theft charge had something to do with child support payments. That is so juicy that I can’t wait to find out more – don’t judge me!
But that wasn’t what made the authorities get involved. Apparently, a video tape of Alana dancing on a bar table while patrons through dollar bills at her surfaced online. I’ve yet to find this video or any mention of it outside of the sites that source Starcasm and the National Enquirer. According to the Enquirer, there was reason to bring the case to court, but it was thrown out by the judge.
There’s more to the story though. Apparently, after Alana’s Toddlers and Tiaras appearance, June was investigated by DFACS for the caffeinated drink that she gave Alana before her stage appearance. Having never watched Toddlers and Tiaras, I would say that this type of investigation is just good policy.
I definitely had a WTF moment when Alana was drinking whatever coffee drink it was from McDonald’s in either the first or second episode (the premiere was kind of one large episode for me and I can’t separate the two). That shit was crazy! But, it is also the kind of stuff that you see in young children who eat at McDonalds and junk on a regular basis.