Mama June May Be Dating a Child Molester & She Can Kiss the Show Goodbye

Honey Boo Boo child molester

I have long defended the Honey Boo Boo clan for being, if not necessarily model citizens in terms of their hygiene and antics, what appears to be a loving family. The fact that Mama June and Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson split up shortly after celebrating a commitment ceremony seemed like a bummer but pretty normal in terms of marriage statistics (although apparently they were never legally wed), and I can’t even fault them for eating “sketti.” Sketti sounds kind of good, y’all.

However, the latest news surrounding Mama June is quite a bit more scandalous than her habit of mixing butter and ketchup to make a cheap pasta dish. In fact, it’s downright disturbing, and based on TLC’s statement, it may even force the network to cancel the family’s reality show.


TMZ is reporting that June Shannon, AKA Mama June, is dating 53-year-old Mark McDaniel, a man who has just been released from a 10-year jail sentence for sexually assaulting one of June’s relatives.

McDaniel was convicted of aggravated child molestation in 2004 for "forcing oral sex on an 8-year-old child.” As if that’s not upsetting enough, June was reportedly dating McDaniel at the time he molested the young boy. TMZ is thankfully not reporting the name of the underage individual, but it says it’s someone who’s still in contact with June.

McDaniel was released this past March after serving 10 years in prison, and he’s now a registered sex offender in the state of Georgia. TMZ says Mama June’s been sneaking away from show production to meet up with her ex-con lover.
When asked for comment, TLC released the following statement:

TLC is not currently in production on HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO. We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series.

Yeah, I’d definitely say this information is concerning. Maybe there’s more to the story that explains why Mama June would reconnect with this guy — maybe their connection isn’t romantic, or maybe he convinced her he was convicted on false charges, or something. But in my eyes, nothing can really excuse her pursuing a secret relationship if she’s still in contact with the young relative who alleged abuse in the first place. That’s just ... well, I’m not sure I have the words for it.

I hope there’s some sort of explanation for this that reveals this isn’t what it sounds like. Because what it sounds like is that Mama June has never lost love for a man who molested a child and that this is the reason her commitment to Sugar Bear fell apart.

What do you think about these allegations?

Image via TLC

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