A reality star made an unusual appearance up on the back stage at Statesboro's “Rum Runners Plantation Room” last Thursday night.
The star in question was Alana “Boo Boo Child” Thompston, a regular on The Learning Channel's “Toddler & Tiaras.” She is only six years old.
Pictures sent to Georgia Eagle Media, found on Facebook and a video posted to the Internet show the six-year old standing on stage while patrons cheer and yell. The video, shot by a patron of Rum Runners, show dozens of people surrounding the young reality while they snapped pictures and shot video.
The event has people posting on social media sites Facebook and Twitter. Here is a post, sent in by a listener, advertising the event:
Statesboro ordinances do not prohibit children Alana's age or younger from entering an establishment that serves alcohol because all are considered "restaurants" in the city. Because of that "restaurant" designation, even bar-like establishments cannot discriminate against a patron's sex, creed or age due to state law.
It appears the establishment created a drink special to cross promote Alana's appearance. “Go Go Juice” is the favored drink of the toddler, made from a combination of Mountain Dew and Red Bull.
A “bomb” beverage is any mixed drink or shot that contains alcohol and an energy drink, though typically the brand Red Bull is used. It is not currently known what distilled spirit was mixed with "Go Go Juice" to make the mixed drink.
Some may be surprised to discover that Alana's mother, June Shannon, approved of the event and was excited for her daughter to continue to gain recognition for her TV appearances.
"I never did think the Toddlers & Tiaras show would turn in to all this," said June. "Right now, we're enjoying this ride."
Alana even told WTOC that she was given an undetermined amount of money from the people watching her performance. She can be seen taken items from the audience in the following video:
A video posted from a patron at Rum Runners.
See the WTOC video here.
A follow-up segment on CNN.