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.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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