It's hard to believe anyone would do this.
A Cambodian television show called
Like It Or Not (translated from Penh Chet Ort) had a special Mother's Day episode featuring 13-year-old American singer-songwriter Autumn Allen, who has lived in Cambodia since age 6 with her father. NEWS: The Man Who Plays Big Bird Just Told the Most Depressing, Heartbreaking Story Ever
Autumn has not seen her mother since moving to Cambodia, and the show promised to reunite them on the show, causing her to tear up and admit that would be a "dream come true."
But it was all a prank.
reportedly greeted by local cross-dressing comedian Chuop Rolin.
On her Facebook, Autumn posted that she was in
good spirits about the cruel joke.
"I am sure there was no harm intended and I had fun on the show," Autumn wrote.
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However, the young singer later noted that the TV show had apologized, and would be issuing a public apology.
thanked her fans for an outpouring of love and support, including one supporter who wrote, "They showed no respect for you, Autumn. You deserved better than that."
According to the
Phnom Pehn Post, Autumn's father helped her through the difficult situation.
"My dad was very proud of how I handled myself in the situation. He took me to a nice restaurant afterward," said Autumn.
She still hopes to meet her mother too.
"My dad thinks she lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, but we don’t know for sure," said Autumn. "Yes, I miss her and do want to meet her."
How cool to handle such a sad situation in such a smart, adult way.
Here's the clip.
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