“Mama June” Shannon is addicted to drugs and in an abusive relationship according to her daughter Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon. The details of June’s dramatic decline were revealed in an episode of “Mama June: From Hot to Not.” Pumpkin also provided new facts about her mother’s arrest for crack cocaine in March.
On an episode titled “The Road to Intervention,” executive producer Moriah sat down with several members of June’s family. During the interview, Pumpkin revealed that her mother’s behavior is nothing new to the family. June’s older sister Joanne Shannon echoed those sentiments by saying that June always picks men over her children.
WETV showed unaired clips during the episode that showed a side of June many viewers had never seen. In one clip, June appears to nod off multiple times while getting her hair done for a scene. When the crew calls for medical help, the EMTs tell June they believe she has suffered from a serious of mini-strokes.
Instead of going to the hospital, June worries about the whereabouts of Geno. The two end up in an explosive fight, and Geno is seen throwing back many beers. Pumpkin admitted that Geno has a violent temper when he’s intoxicated.
At no point during the episode do the women explicitly say that June is battling an addiction. Instead, the women and producer dance around the topic by showing clips of June nodding off, slurring her words, and laying in bed all day.
The only time the group discuss drugs is when Pumpkin shared details about her mother’s arrest. In March, June and Geno were both arrested for felony drug possession and paraphernalia.
On the day of their arrest, Pumpkin admitted that her mother called police two times but hung up before they answered. Pumpkin said her mother was scared enough to call police but too afraid to report Geno. According to Pumpkin, the couple argued while driving down the interstate.
Eventually, Geno got off the freeway to go to a gas station to buy a Redbull. As the couple exited the highway, a white SUV followed them into the gas station parking lot. The white SUV was an unmarked police car, and officers approached June and Geno while they were stopped at a gas station.
After officers approached, Geno admitted to having needles and drugs. Police found drugs in the car along with a crack pipe loaded with crack. After police found the drugs, they arrested both Geno and June. Pumpkin said her mother had been on a drug binge for days leading up to the arrest.
Following June’s arrest, Pumpkin and Joanne reached out to producers to help with June’s drug addiction. The family worked with a psychiatrist to plan the intervention for June.
Despite the intervention, June appears not to be clean. During the episode, the women mention that the intervention happened weeks before. Both of them said they had had minimal contact with June since that day.
Surprisingly, June happened to call Pumpkin while they were taping. During the phone call, June admitted to being at a casino with Geno. The couple has a court order to stay away from one another and appear to violate the court. June’s voice is slow, and she slurs her words while on speakerphone.Before ending her conversation with her mother, Pumpkin tells her mother that her bank account is running low. She says her mother that she needs to stop going to casinos because soon she will have no money left. June seems unphased by the news.
Throughout the 42-minute episode, the women put most of the blame on Geno. They say he has completely taken over June’s life and controls every aspect.
Then WeTV shows many clips of Geno verbally abusing June. Pumpkin admitted her mother has always picked men over her children, and now her younger sister is the middle of a violent domestic relationship.
In fact, Pumpkin became so concerned about her sister Alana that she obtained temporary guardianship of her. The episode showed footage of Pumpkin and her husband moving Alana out of their mother’s home.
While they moved Alana, Pumpkin called June to let her know that her youngest daughter was leaving. June seemed oblivious and indifferent to the news.
During the episode, Pumpkin repeatedly discussed Geno’s verbal abuse, cheating, and mistreatment of her mother.
While the family paints June as a victim, something still doesn’t add up. Many times the women mention June has a history of making terrible choices with me. Pumpkin admitted that she also grew up in the middle of chaos and struggled with her mother’s issues. Without saying anything outright, Pumpkin and Joanne alluded to June has a long history with drug abuse.
Most concerning in all of this is WeTV’s need to exploit and broadcast a family’s very dramatic decline. TLC has already fired June for dating a convicted child molester in 2014.
At some point, these networks need to cut ties with June Shannon entirely. She’s become a trainwreck, and her story isn’t cute or funny anymore. WeTV is beginning to look like a predator that is preying on an addict’s downward spiral. Airing the never before seen video of June’s downward spiral June there to film further shows the steps the network will take to gain ratings.
WeTV should consider canceling June’s show. She’s not only destroying herself but also harming the life of a minor child. Alana is only 13-years-old, and these clips could haunt her for the rest of her life. Filming a family falling apart shouldn’t be entertainment for the masses.
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
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