Controversial Sponsored Content
Mama June: From Not To Hot star Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon is drawing some criticism on Instagram with her latest post about the controversial diet drink, BoomBod. In her recent post, Pumpkin pushed the shot as a way to start the new year.
"#ad staying on track over the holidays can be HARD but @boombod makes it a lot easier. I've seen such amazing progress from their programs, and even this time of year hasn't slowed me down -- temptation is everywhere, but these shots handle those cravings like they're nothing! need help hitting some goals before the new year? Grab a box of this while it's BOGO free right now!
She's Been Shilling For About A Year
It's not unusual to see reality stars engaging in sponsored content, and this has been a pretty regular gig for Shannon for about a year. She posts a number of photos of herself with her belly exposed, extolling the virtues of BoomBod at length. She posted on her birthday:
#ad Finding some consistency this week thanks to @boombod! Yesterday was my birthday and I totally had my piece of cake BUT moderation is key and the shots help with that! If you guys are looking to tackle your cravings this year try this program and take the 7 day challenge!"
Fans Are Upset
In the UK, BoomBod did not meet the standards of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and several reality stars had to take down posts promoting the product as they did not properly communicate the risks of the hunger suppressant.
There has been no such oversight in the US, but Shannon's 429k Instagram followers have plenty to say about it. Each time she shares sponsored content, people have A LOT to say.
"We love you Pumpkin girl, but we know this crap ain't working"
"These products don't work. I lost 83 lbs by cutting out carbs and low sugar and eating protein veggies and fruits. Exercising everyday either bike or walking. The only way is portion control cause you can stay on that your whole life."
"Stop you look the same"
"Stop promoting dangerous products as weight loss miracles"
Taking Care Of Honey Boo Boo
Despite her controversial sponcon choices, Shannon is doing her best to take care of her famous sister, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson while their mother, "Mama June" Shannon, reckons with legal problems and a bad boyfriend.
Shannon posted back in August for Alana's 14th birthday:
"Happy birthday to my not so little sister. Today you’re 14 and I’m so happy I get to spend it with you. Things haven’t been the easiest lately but I promise we will get through it. I love being there for you when you need me most. And I enjoy being your sister mom. I hope today is all you wish for and more ❤️❤️ @honeybooboo."