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Botox Mom Was All a Hoax–But Does That Make It Any Better?

Mom Jeanine
May 19, 2011


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Remember last week when we posted the story about the California mom who supposedly injected her daughter with Botox? Turns out it was all a hoax.

Apparently Kerry Campbell, whose real name is Sheila Upton, was paid by The Sun to pretend she gave her daughter Botox for a story. She was paid $200. When GMA saw the story in The Sun, they offered Campbell/Upton even more money to tell her story on TV.

I will admit, I am relieved to find out this woman’s poor daughter wasn’t harmed in the process of this big scheme. But let’s think about this for a minute. If we thought it was bad parenting for her to teach her daughter beauty before safety, what about teaching her daughter it’s totally okay to lie for money? In my mind, that’s just as bad.

Earlier this week, Upton lost custody of her daughter, but since it was confirmed this was all a hoax Britney is back with her mom. I don’t know if teaching your kid it’s okay to lie is grounds to have your child taken away by the authorities, but this woman needs some serious parenting classes.

What do you think? If you were in Upton’s position, would you have gone along with the lie? Do you see a problem with what she did? Weigh in in the comments below.

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  • Anxiety Jane
    May 19, 2011

  • People get paid to fake reality tv all the time. This is basically the same. I can’t judge anyone when it comes to what you’ll do for income. These are hard times. Who knows how badly they needed that money for bills, groceries, etc.

  • Lindi
    May 19, 2011

  • I partially agree with you Jane, but it sounds like she had her daughter participate and lie also.

  • southernmom
    May 19, 2011

  • Are you kidding? This is sick and wrong. Your desperate for money (as little as $200) so you lie and have your kids lie and make a crappy story that makes millions of parents squirm? Get a real freaking job instead of put your child in harm’s light not to mention all for a media opportunity.

    Sick all around.

    If you’re desperate for money, get a second job…

  • Jenny
    May 19, 2011

  • That’s hilarious. It kinda makes me think that anything and everything seen on the news now is a lie.

  • Jennifer
    May 19, 2011

  • Sorry….Why is OK to lie for money??? And, how is it ok to teach our children this??? I totally agree with Southernmom.

  • I mean it
    May 19, 2011

  • Oh great, it still doesn’t change my opinion about what a bad parent she is. Thankfully, it was all a hoax, but it did bring light to the subject that these type of extreme craziness really does happen out there. I still think this lady is a dumb bimbo, just wanting her 5 minutes of fame in the media whore world. To teach your child to do the wrong things for money, well what about all those Girl Scout advertisements about self esteem? She is killing the girl’s ability to use her own brains the wrong way. What the mother IS doing is basically telling her daughter to she could squeeze money out of a dry lemon,  including set her mom up for the insurance fraud. wait until you hear about that in 9 years or maybe next week the daughter would figure out how to obtain a lawyer and sue her mom! 

  • Butterfly Ninja
    May 19, 2011

  • Supposedly the daughter was in beauty pageants so obviously it was about needing the money for bills, etc.

    And I’m sorry, there is no amount of money that condones this VERY BAD behaviour.

    That lady should be ashamed of herself and if I was her friend, I wouldn’t be after this…..ridiculous

  • Hannah
    May 20, 2011

  • You want to lie? That’s your business. But if she wasn’t injecting botox, what IS in that needle? Essentially, she’s lying and STILL hurting her child… maybe not for a pageant, for money, but it’s still essentially the same. I think two lessons came out of this:
    1) I hope her daughter learned that lies can break up families, and
    2) We’ve come to a point in our society where this was TOTALLY believable, and as bad as SHE is, what does that say about us?