Lee Thompson a.k.a Uncle Poodle, star of the former TLC hit reality show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, has become significantly involved in a new HIV awareness cause, entitled The HIV Shower Selfie Challenge. The man took to social media to demonstrate his support of the cause, by posting said selfie to his profile alongside his partner Alan.
The challenge advocates towards participants making said selfie their profile photograph by December 1, which is recognized as World’s AIDS Day. The pair is hoping that the publication of their aforementioned shower photograph collection will help raise awareness to the cause in question, especially given the fact that Thompson is HIV positive and his fiance Alan is not. They say that there is a stereotype that both partners must be infected with the disease for the relationship to function, or that things are thrown off-balance if it is discovered that one has it and the other does not. The pair is reportedly determined to make society realize that having the infliction is not the end of the world, and that a couple can have a healthy and happy relationship regardless of who is diagnosed or who is not. The couple is reportedly counting on social media to spread the word of their message, as well as bring attention to the current situation regarding his niece Alana Thompson, a.ka. Honey Boo Boo.
The circumstances in reference are regarding the rumored recent companionship of Alana’s mother, June Shannon, who is said to be dating convicted child molester Mark McDaniel. The latter was put away in federal prison for 10 years upon charges of molesting the mother’s then 8-year-old daughter Anna Shannon, who played a significant part on the family’s reality show. Shortly following the news breaking of Shannon’s split with long-time partner Sugar Bear (Mike Thompson, brother of the aforementioned Lee and Alana’s biological father), the 35-year-old was photographed in close company with said child molester shortly following his release in March of this year. One of these photographs also included the imagery of now 9-year-old Honey Boo Boo in direct company of McDaniel, with photographs detailing his arm resting lightly on her shoulder.
Shannon has since fought back at such allegations of impropriety, stating that she only met with the man as per her middle daughter’s request. Lauryn Shannon, 14, reportedly spent the first six years of her life believing that McDaniel was her father, a lie her mother told in order to shield the girl from the fact that her actual father was a child molester himself, this being before the situation between the McDaniel and her daughter went down. Lauryn herself took Thompson to war via Instagram, calling him out on her view that her uncle was spreading heinous lies about her mother for no reason other than to cause trouble, something he subsequently responded to by stating that she did not know the entirety of the circumstances just yet but within time would come to grips with the situation and understand the enormity of it.
It remains to be seen whether or not Lee Thompson’s recent social media avocation for the aforementioned HIV awareness cause will yield any significant support or results in terms of the charity. Further information on the matter has yet to be revealed.
By Rebecca Grace