Mama June Shannon says it’s not fair that her 17-year-old daughter, Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson gets so much criticism for her relationship with 21-year-old Dralin Carswell. The Mama June: Family Crisis star went on to state that she believes people have more of a problem with the fact that Dralin is Black and Alana is white, than with the couple’s age difference.
However, it was the words that June chose to articulate this that are causing quite a stir. In several recent interviews with the media to promote the new season of her WEtv show, Mama June used several phrases that are questionable…if not downright offensive.
After stating that her teen daughter “gets a lot of backlash” for her relationship with Dralin, June went on to reveal that interracial relationships are nothing new in her family, stating that she has several relatives who are “that way.”
“There’s a lot of chocolate vanilla swirl in our family,” June said. “There’s been chocolate vanilla swirl in our family for multiple years. I have two sisters that have been that way, a niece.
“[Alana] should not get hate for that,” June added.
Of course, many of the negative comments regarding Alana and Dralin’s relationship are due to the couple’s age difference, and the fact that Dralin is a 21-year-old adult while Alana is still underage. (By the way, in Georgia— the state that the couple lives— the age of consent is 16, so the relationship is legal.)
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June said that she has no problem with the couple’s age difference, telling In Touch Weekly last week that Dralin is immature for his age.
“I feel like Dralin is not on the maturity level of a 20-year-old because he is very childish. I mean, very childish to me,” Mama June said.
June’s husband, Justin Stroud (who is only 14 years old than Dralin), added that Dralin is still very young.
“They’re still kids,” Justin said. “It ain’t like he’s 28, 29 years old. He’s still a child himself, so he’s not gonna get everything right at the beginning. You know, just like none of us did. We had to figure it out as we go.”
June then brought up the relationship of her older daughter, Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon— who began dating her now-husband Josh Efird when she was just a young teen. (Pumpkin would go on to get knocked up by Josh a few years later, giving birth to their daughter, Ella, when she was just 17.
“[Lauryn] was 15 and Josh was almost 20 [when they got together] … y’all didn’t have a problem with that,” June said. “They have been together almost eight years…”
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(Mama June’s calculations aren’t exactly accurate. Pumpkin was born in January 2000, while Josh was born in July 1996, making Josh only about 3.5 years older than Pumpkin, not 4.5 years as Mama is stating.)
Anyway, June says she is supportive of Alana and Dralin’s relationship for however long it lasts.
“[If she] chooses to be with him for the rest of her life, then that’s fine,” she said. “If not, then hey, it was her teenage fling.”
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