Toddlers & Tiaras mom defends Honey Boo Boo’s Go-Go Juice: “I could be giving her alcohol”

The mother of “Honey Boo Boo,” six-year-old pageant competitor Alana Thompson, has defended feeding her daughter “Go-Go Juice,” which has been featured on TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras.

June Shannon says giving Mountain Dew and Red Bull to a six year old is okay. She told ABC News pageant kids “have to be alive” on stage so “that’s just what I choose too do to my child” to “energize their body.” “There are far worse things,” she said. “I could be giving her alcohol.”

WHAT. IS THAT AN OPTION?!

Asked if she’s worried about the consequences, such as obesity, June demonstrated incredibly weak logic and a lack of self-awareness (just watch the video) by saying, “She’s not skinny but, whether skinny or fat, I am still going to love my children regardless. I could care less if they get up to 1,000 pounds; I am still going to love them.”

That wasn’t the question, moron. But of course, June isn’t the only moron; as the show as documented and ABC reports, they observed kids eating Skittles and drinking soda with caffeine “as early as seven in the morning,” while “in Austin, Texas, there also was no shortage of ‘pageant crack’ [Pixy Stix] to be found, consumed morning to night.”

Although I think the show abusive by itself, this is perhaps the kind of good it can do: drawing attention to the horrific stuff parents do to their children.

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