On Mother's Day, a talk show in Cambodia told a 13-year-old girl she would be reunited with her estranged mom. It was all a "joke."
This talk show makes people cry for all the wrong reasons. (via YouTube)
Cambodian television program Penh Chet Ort (Like It Or Not) pulled what can only be described as a twisted horror-prank on 13-year-old singer/actress Autumn Allen. The show told Allen she would be reunited with her mother, who she hadn't seen since leaving the US with her father at the age of 6. Allen was tearful and said it was a "dream come true."
But when the hosts brought out Allen's "mom" it ended up being a male comedian in drag.
JK I'm not your mom, just a dude in a dress! (via YouTube)
Either the producers of the show don't understand what a prank is, or I don't understand Cambodian humor. This is as much of a "joke" as when I convinced my little sister she was adopted. After the big reveal the host said, "did you think it was real?" Allen, clearly a little shaken, says “I don't know."
Allen shared this message on Facebook:
"I have met with MyTV and accepted their sincere apologies. The two hosts, Rolin and Taboi (the producer) have apologized to me personally. Even the Deputy General Manager of the MyTV was there. A mistake happen and I have forgiven them. Thank you for every one supports. Please find it in your heart to forgive them too. Love, Autumn"
She received a letter of apology from MyTV, but its causing quite an outrage on social media. Cambodian political analyst Virak OU called out the segment for being both harmful to the child and bigoted towards the LGBT community.
Here is the tv show clip.