“You want to try wasabi?” a mum asks her toddler, wasabi in one hand and phone in the other. She’s filming her response.
“No,” the little girl called Rosie responds.
The mum asks again.
“Do you want to try it?”
“No,” she says.
As the mother prepared to drop the subject, Rosie wails: “Wasabi.”
She tries it, looks at the camera and, with a little cry, says “help”.
It’s the video that’s gone viral on the internet, clocking up millions of views across the globe. Some think it’s a hilarious and relatable take on how we feel about wasabi, others are calling it child abuse.
“Someone needs to turn this video into authority for child abuse! Wasabi burns, and when it does burn the mouth it could also choke the kid,” wrote one person.
“Not only is that not adorable, but I’m sure that’s borderline abuse. That poor girl. She also wasn’t really ‘warned,’ more like coaxed into it. Why would the mum laugh at her reaction?” another said.
So does something like this actually constitute “abuse” as some internet folk have pointed out?
According to clinical psychologist Amanda Gordon, it’s not the content of the video that we should be concerned about. Instead, she argues, it’s all about intent: