A 13-year-old Cambodian girl was pranked on a popular television show in one of the cruelest ways possible. Autumn Allen is a self-proclaimed singer and songwriter. She appeared on Penh Chet Ort (Like It Or Not), a popular Cambodian television shower. Producers setup the show on this particular day as a Mother’s Day special.
Allen appeared on the show during a segment where she was to sing a song. After her song, the hosts of the show told her that as a special Mother’s Day surprise, she would be reunited with her mother. Allen had not seen her mother since she was 6-years-old. When Allen was given the news, she became tearful and excited and told the audience seeing her mother would be “a dream come true.”
Unfortunately, the television hosts and producers played an awful prank on the young girl. When they called for her mother to come out, Allen was devastated to see a local cross-dresser instead. The hosts of the show thought the prank was hilarious, however you could tell by looking at Allen’s face that she did not. Dr. Jennifer Walden was unhappy to hear of the circumstances that the young girl went through and commented how these pivotal moments in our youth shape who we become.
After the episode had aired, people were asking Allen to comment about the surprise. While Allen mentioned that she didn’t believe they meant any harm behind the prank, the television network airing the show, MyTV issued a statement of apology. Television viewers and social media users were outraged over the thoughtless prank.