Well this is just freaking awful.
A 13 year old girl in Cambodia has been tricked on national television into thinking she was about to see her estranged mother.
Autumn Allen is a singer originally from the US. She moved to Cambodia when she was five, and hasn’t seen her mother since.
On Mother’s Day, she gave a special performance of one of her songs on Cambodian talk show Like It Or Not:
After her performance, the hosts came on stage and said they knew about the situation with Autumn’s mother, and had arranged to fly her to Cambodia as a Mother’s Day surprise. Autumn immediately begins to cry at the thought of being reunited with her mum after so many years:
Then, in what is equal parts bizarre and cruel, the hosts bring a man dressed in drag out on stage instead. Everybody laughs, and after initially looking a shellshocked and confused, Autumn politely laughs at the ‘funny’ prank:
“Thank you for the enormous show of support regarding the ‘Mother’s Day show,’” she wrote. “I am sure there was no harm intended and I had fun on the show.”
She has certainly handled it better than most of us would.
Watch the full clip here: