A 13-year-old girl thought she was going to meet her long-lost mother on a TV show, but instead she became the victim of what some are calling a very hurtful prank.
Autumn Allen, a singer and songwriter from the United States, was a guest on the Mother’s Day special of Penh Chet Ort, or the “Like it or Not” show, in Cambodia.
Allen began to cry when she was told she would be able to reunite with her mother who she last saw when was 6 years old, according to ITV News. She told the audience it would be a “dream come true.”
When her “mother” came onto the stage, however, it turned out to be a comedian dressed in drag. One of the show hosts even tried to get Allen to kiss the comedian.
Fans on Autumn’s Facebook page and other social media were outraged, saying they couldn’t believe she wasn’t told beforehand that it was a joke. Autumn posted that she didn’t think the show meant any harm by it, but the television station MyTV ultimately issued an apology, which Autumn accepted.