A TV show which fooled a 13-year-old girl into believing she was being reunited with her mom, who turned out to be a drag queen, has been slammed on social media.
American Autumn Allen, who moved to Cambodia with her dad when she was six years old, leaving her mother behind, was invited on the MyTV show Like It Or Not and told that she would meet her mother.
On the show, which was a Mother’s Day Special, the tearful teenager told the presenters that meeting her mom again would be a “dream come true”.
However, it turned out that cross-dressing comedian Chuop Rolin showed up on stage, not Autumn’s mother, The Phnom Penh Post reported.
One of the presenters asked the girl:
What are you thinking, did you think it was real?.
Giggling, Autumn replied:
I don’t know.
1. A TV prank in which 13-year-old Autumn Allen was fooled into thinking she was going to be reunited with her mom, but met a drag queen instead, has been slammed by social media users.
However, once the show was over, social media users criticized it for exploiting the girl’s emotions for comedy purposes. Kanika Chhit wrote on Facebook:
Such a brainless and shameful trick from MYTV! How can you play with her feeling like this?
Ou Virak called the producers “brainless”. He wrote:
The producer was stupid and brainless and heartless by playing around with the mind and heart of a 13 years old girl in this way.
2. Eventually, however, it was cross-dressing comedian Chuop Rolin (pictured) who appeared on stage, not Autumn’s mother.
3. After the show was aired internet users blasted it for using Autumn’s emotions for comedy purposes.
For her part, Autumn was amazingly good humored about the prank and told the Post that she “had fun doing the show”, though she did feel “initially disappointed” that she didn’t meet her mom.
The girl added that she misses her mother, who she believes lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The show’s creators said they would apologize for doing the prank.
Producer Taboi admitted that doing it was a “mistake”.
4. Autumn was remarkably good humored about the prank, telling the Post that she “had fun doing the show”, despite feeling “initially disappointed” that she didn’t meet her mom.
Source: The Phnom Penh Post.
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