This video may be extremely upsetting to some viewers or equally funny to others:
Backstory and summary: A Chinese mother draws a fake beard on her daughter’s face as she sleeps. Then, after the daughter wakes up, the mother takes a video of the daughter looking in shock at her image in the mirror. As the mother tries to convince the daughter that she is now a boy, the daughter expresses her extreme displeasure. Then, as the daughter pleads with the mother to change her back into a girl by loudly crying, the mother laughs.
If you can’t wait for it, the mother laughs at 0:56; it’s right around the time the daughter begs her mother to help her.
Personal note: smart phones are excellent for recording all those personal memories that you’ll cherish later. They grow up so fast.
This video is from last year and has not (yet) achieved viral status in China. Those who would think that all Chinese are similarly cruel should know that many Chinese find this type of behavior reprehensible. Various netizens comments for this video have said as much, as well as this news broadcast that calls this mother “wicked” and “naughty”. However, the fact remains that there are those who think this video is hilarious.
While Sinopathic has not yet installed the appropriate WordPress “Laff-O-Meter” plugin, we will say we discovered this video only by watching it on China’s Funniest Home Videos (家庭幽默录像), as seen on television.* A laugh track was involved. Then, when searching for this video online, we found this video usually categorized in the “Hilarious” (搞笑) section.
As stated, this video has not yet become viral in China but there is at least one copycat video “bearding” of a small girl; this video is much more amicable and shows a little girl posing coyly with an umbrella while sporting her fake mustache.
The parents still laugh, though. And though it’s not a copycat video, here is a another kind of “Chinese girl with a beard” video. It doesn’t have a laugh track.
Just in case you have trouble making up your mind as to whether this video is cute and funny or cruel and despicable, here’s a side-by-side comparison for you:
[* Hey. I was switching channels. The Chinese broadcast of "Saving Private Ryan" ("拯救大士瑞恩") was on a commercial break, I swear.]