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Jimmy Kimmel’s Halloween Video Of Crying Kids Is Only Funny If You Are A Huge Jerk

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Every year, Jimmy Kimmel does a segment on his show right after Halloween showing parents lying to their children about stealing all of their candy. The kid’s reactions are filmed by their parents and sent in to Kimmel’s show for inclusion in his yearly mash-up so all the adults watching can laugh at the tantrums and tears of little kids who think their candy is gone. Sounds like a good time, right? How about, nope. Frankly, if you find this sort of thing funny, I am wondering about what kind of person you are. I cringed my way through it and these are not even my kids. I find it difficult to watch a child panicky and bordering on heart-broken. If you submitted video of your crying child then, congratulations! You are a parenting failure.

Here is the stupid video in all of it’s glory:

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Did you catch the super classy ending where parents obviously coached a tiny child to shout “F*CK YOU MOTHER F*CKER”? Isn’t that nice? Hey, you got on Kimmel, though! Feeling good about yourself? I’m sorry, but this sort of thing is a prime example of where my generation of parents is getting it dead-wrong. It is not funny to trick people over something that means a great deal to them. We tell kids not to bully. We tell kids not to be mean to their peers. We tell kids not to lie. We get upset with parents who post videos and photos of public humiliation punishments for their kids on social media. I guess it should all come with a disclaimer of “UNLESS it could get you on a late-night TV show!” At the risk of sounding like a total kill-joy, I just don’t see the humor in this at all. My kids are good kids. They do well in school, they are well-mannered and they love Halloween. I cannot imagine lying to them for the sole purpose of making them cry and then, publicly humiliating them to boot.

Then, of course, there is the fact that many of these kids reacted badly to the news that their parents took their candy. People are calling them brats in the YouTube comments and maybe they are but let’s keep in mind- they are being raised by people who find it funny to humiliate them for five seconds of “fame”. We should not be surprised when bratty jerks give birth to people who become bratty jerks. Also, sorry, but what other reaction is a little kid expected to have when something that means a lot to them is supposedly gone? Some of these tantrums are obviously WAY over the top (if my kid were throwing things all over the kitchen, we would have a big problem) but most of them react the way I would expect. Like children who just had their Halloween candy stolen.

Look, I know this is a yearly thing for Kimmel and people seem to love it but I am simply not one of them. I highly question parents who think it’s alright to do this to their children and I am definitely throwing shade at the people who laugh about it. Don’t be surprised if kids bully other kids and lie to them. Hey, Mommy and Daddy thought it was hilarious to trick them and make them cry- how is it any different?

(Image and video: YouTube)

192 Comments

  1. Ursi

    November 4, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I laughed a lot. But I don’t feel good about it.

    What kind of jerk does this to a child?

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 9:17 am

      A big jerk.

  2. Abby

    November 4, 2014 at 9:09 am

    The only thing I ever enjoy about these videos are the kids who are incredibly gracious about it and saying things like “That’s okay” or “I’m sad, but maybe next year, we can share the candy.” Somewhere, something has gone right.

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 9:15 am

      Agreed! I know my daughter would have been that way. My son probably would have had a tantrum. Lol.

    • SunnyD847

      November 4, 2014 at 9:48 am

      OMG, in one of the Christmas ones there’s this little girl who is disappointed that her “gift” is a sandwich with a bite out of it. She is so sweet, though, and tells her mom that she does appreciate it, but she loves her mom’s cooking. Like when she cooks hot pockets or chicken nuggets. She is so adorable.

    • guest

      November 4, 2014 at 10:51 am

      I feel like at that point she should have busted out a mega Barbie dreamhouse or something and been like you get this incredible gift for not being a little turd and being appreciative and polite even when dealing with a partially eaten sandwich.

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 11:00 am

      I want to buy my kids a new car this year because they made a Christmas list- of things they want to buy FOR SANTA. Dude, my heart just about exploded. I love tales of good kids with big hearts. 🙂

    • guest

      November 4, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Omg, adorable. Buy them all the things. I can never get enough of little kid stories where they are legitimately good people and trying to do great things.

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 11:23 am

      They are great kids. I take little credit- they just have good hearts and awesome daycare/school teachers. I am so proud.

    • Allyson_et_al

      November 5, 2014 at 12:55 am

      I really hope those parents are self-aware enough to realize what assholes they are, but I doubt it.

  3. biggerthanthesound

    November 4, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I don’t really think Jimmy Kimmel is that funny. Plus, man, my kids cry about enough dumb stuff on their own. If I can help it, I try not to do things that will make them cry.

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Right?! Like, why invite tantrums?

    • ActionComics25

      November 4, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Just like he thinks women aren’t funny! I’ll never watch him or any of his videos. Frankly I want his career dead.

    • noodlestein's danger tits

      November 4, 2014 at 10:58 am

      Yeah. He’s the classic ‘nice guy’ who secretly loathes women and thinks they’re all ‘bitches’ for not seeing how great he is. Then, when fame has allowed him to net these manic pixie dream girls, it just confirms all his ideas that women only care about money and fame, those bitches! The only thing different about him than most is now he has a bully pulpit, that’s all.

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Yeah, I’ve never been a fan of his. He’s not funny to me.

    • Spiderpigmom

      November 4, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      This. Also, I try hard enough not to laugh at the utterly ridiculous things my kid throws tantrums about (because I try to keep in mind that, hey, it may be ludicrous to me but it’s absolutely serious to him) so I’m not going to laugh at what I consider a valid reason to be angry (having his property stolen).

  4. SunnyD847

    November 4, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I feel about this the same way I feel about shows like “Toddler and Tiaras.” I would never do this to my kids, but I do find it entertaining in a horrifying kind of way.

  5. BadDad

    November 4, 2014 at 9:14 am

    These videos are hilarious, as are the parents who post them. There’s so much real pain and suffering in the world, and these kids aren’t experiencing any of it.
    Lucky for Valerie William’s kids, they will nevereverever experience pain and disappointment in their most precious and sheltered lives. No one will ever let them down, or take their things away, or make them feel bad and embarrassed in a public setting. I’m sure they will be super prepared and well adjusted in the real world someday. Sigh.

    • noodlestein's danger tits

      November 4, 2014 at 9:32 am

      I would also like to add http://i.imgur.com/qAgHx.gif

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 9:33 am

      Clint FTW

    • noodlestein's danger tits

      November 4, 2014 at 9:41 am

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 9:33 am

      I love this face so much. And I make it myself probably 23 times a day.

    • chill

      November 4, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      Me too! I have those freaking “11” wrinkles between my eyebrows because of that “really??” look. It mostly makes me look angry rather than befucked (a mix of befuddled with WTF??).

    • Aimee

      November 4, 2014 at 9:26 am

      There’s a difference between preparing your kid for the real world and purposely causing them disappointment (that you then tape to show the rest of the world). Parents are supposed to be someone kids can trust when pain and letdowns happen – they’re not supposed to be the ones causing them.

    • KellyAnn

      November 4, 2014 at 9:41 am

      This so much. I feel like a lot of parents don’t view their children as people but little extensions of them that they can dress up, play pranks on and don’t have to take their emotions seriously. These are real people. I remember being young and thinking my feelings didn’t matter and I still have trouble communicating my emotions because of that. Sooo yada yada yada don’t be a dick just for shiggles (shits and giggles).

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 9:42 am

      Amen!

    • Spongeworthy

      November 4, 2014 at 9:43 am

      1) totally agree with you
      2) stealing “shiggles”

    • Allyson_et_al

      November 5, 2014 at 1:23 am

      Yeah, I really, really doubt these parents are thinking, “Wow. What a great way to teach my kids about life’s inevitable disappointments.” I’m pretty sure it’s more, “Cool! I can get on TV by being shitty to my kid!”

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 9:27 am

      You obviously never read my posts, then. Hahaha. I am a huge advocate of parenting in a very REAL way- letting kids experience disappoint and failure. I am NOT an advocate of teaching your kids to be deceitful and mean for someone else’s entertainment. And if the “real world” means being tricked by your own parents for no good reason then the real world sucks.

    • Spongeworthy

      November 4, 2014 at 9:28 am

      So…the best way to prepare your kids for the shitty things that can happen in life is to do shitty things to them on purpose? Seems legit.

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Parenting. I am doing it wrong.

    • Spongeworthy

      November 4, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Quick! Kick one of your kids down the stairs and then laugh at them! There’s still time to fix your mistakes!

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 9:30 am

      HOW ELSE WILL THEY LEARN ABOUT THE REAL WORLD

    • Spongeworthy

      November 4, 2014 at 9:32 am

      You don’t REALLY care about your kids until you’ve humiliated them over the Internet.
      http://gifrific.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/its-science-anchorman.gif

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 9:32 am

      And my kids will NEVER know about the real world because I am not an asshole who films their misery for public consumption.

      I am really questioning all of my life choices up until this point. #reflection

    • Spongeworthy

      November 4, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Consider this moment a turning point in your life.

    • SunnyD847

      November 4, 2014 at 9:39 am

      This dad I knew used to spank his kids before he left for work as punishment for the bad stuff he “knew” they’d do while he was gone. I was just a kid (his wife babysat us) and I was like WTF? Way to remove any incentive for your kids to behave, asshole!

    • SunnyD847

      November 4, 2014 at 9:44 am

      Yeah, he was a scary guy. All the kids she babysat were terrified of him. My mom was in a shitty place in life and needed childcare desperately, but she got us out of there ASAP.

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 10:12 am

      That is very sad.

    • Savannah Q

      November 4, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Totes. And if they have the flu? Tell them to suck it up and stop whining about throwing up or having a fever, because some kids out there have cancer. I mean, it’s not like their pain is “real” or anything.

    • Jen TheTit Whisperer

      November 4, 2014 at 9:49 am

      As you point out life sucks enough. Home should be a respite from that.

    • Maria Guido

      November 4, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Are you seriously suggesting her kids are sheltered because they aren’t lied to and videotaped for kicks on the internet? Okay.

    • CMJ

      November 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

      I’m curious how you don’t think the pain these children are feeling in that moment is real?

    • aheb

      November 4, 2014 at 11:02 am

      Hard things happen in everyone’s life. Just because worse things happen to someone else doesn’t mean everyone’s problems are not real. And it is just plain mean to hurt someone on purpose, whether they have other problems that you deem legitimate or not.

    • guest

      November 4, 2014 at 11:14 am

      I can’t find the quote but I’ll summarize because I feel like it is appropriate here. Something about “Telling someone they can’t feel bad about their problems because someone has is worse is like telling someone they can’t be happy because someone has it better”

    • noodlestein's danger tits

      November 4, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      The Suffering Olympics are on again??

    • Assasymphony

      November 4, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Oooh, good one!!

    • ChillMama

      November 4, 2014 at 11:27 am

      That’s the whole point – people will. But at the very least, we can hope that it won’t be their own parents doing it. And especially not just to get a cheap laugh at their expense.

    • Savannah Q

      November 4, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Today I learned: I should probably push my daughter down and steal her toys because at some point, someone else might do it to her at school. And it’s totally okay because there’s “real” pain in the world, thereby erasing any and all painful experiences she might ever have because she lives in a first-world country. Neat!

    • Elizabeth Wakefield

      November 4, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      Of course those things will happen to children in the course of their life, but it shouldn’t be coming from their parents.

  6. Shadow

    November 4, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Valerie, did someone steal your candy 😉

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 9:34 am

      Nope! I’m a grown-up. I either steal it from my kids while they sleep or I buy my own. 😉

    • Shadow

      November 4, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      If you’ve got any of those weird flavored tootsie rolls, send ’em my way!

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      No way I love those!! Lime in particular. 🙂

  7. Spongeworthy

    November 4, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I don’t care for these either. And why would you as a parent want to display your kid’s bad behavior all over TV and the Internet–bad behavior that you goaded them into? I don’t think these kids are brats, really, but I do think the parents are jerks who just HAVE to show the world how cool they are.

  8. chickadee

    November 4, 2014 at 9:26 am

    That was a really nasty collection of videos, except for the occasional sweet kid who was upset but didn’t want to go against parental authority. Because (not to be too melodramatic about it) that is what that segment is about–an abuse of authority. Children have very little control over their environments, and Halloween candy (after the parents have culled for type and amount) is considered to be under their control. The parents broke the rules, so it isn’t a surprise that some simply broke down.

    The mother of that poor kid in the Patriots sweatshirt needed a smack.

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Yes, I love how she gets all magnanimous when her children get an attitude with her. Well, dumbass- why do you THINK they are acting that way?

    • chickadee

      November 4, 2014 at 11:04 am

      Some of the children really lacked self-control, which is troubling to me. First, the parents think that filming such bad behavior is funny, which worries me about their approach to parenting. Next, the parents think that escalating an uncontrolled response is funny, which reinforces for the children that this is acceptable. It creates a subtle message that throwing a tantrum when things go wrong for you is the right reaction.

    • SunnyD847

      November 4, 2014 at 9:55 am

      That little boy who says “it’s fine” and gives his mom a hug has more self-control than most adults.

  9. Serena M

    November 4, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I guess I’m the devil because I found this pretty funny for the most part. It’s just a joke – lighten up! Okay, I feel a little bad for the really young ones, but only because they don’t quite get it. But on the whole, it’s funny. A lot of kids end up laughing about it (at least, in previous versions).

    The Christmas prank (where you give your kid a really stupid present, like a pickle or something) isn’t as funny. The temper tantrums involved in that one make me very uncomfortable. I was a pretty spoiled kid, but my parents would never have let me scream, swear and throw things just because I didn’t like the present I got, even for the sake of a joke.

    • 0katykate0

      November 4, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Seriously! Like I said to someone else on here, people are acting like this is some real life shit. NO HALLOWEEN CANDY?! I’m shocked these poor unfortunate children of poverty don’t have some kind of PTSD! I mean I get putting children crying on the Internet isn’t the most savory of ideas, but honestly…

    • Missy

      November 4, 2014 at 2:21 pm

      So because someone is starving and in need of medical care in the world, it excuses doing a shitty thing to your kids for the sake of entertainment. Okay.

    • Elizabeth Wakefield

      November 4, 2014 at 7:20 pm

      Well, I just want my kids to be able to trust me and know that my yes means yes and my no means no. I also want my kids to feel like I always have their best interest at heart. This prank doesn’t accomplish any of those things, but instead does just the opposite. That’s the ‘real life shit’ I think about when it comes to parenting my child.

    • KarenMS

      November 4, 2014 at 11:12 pm

      Well, it is real. It’s real that parents decided to go out of their way to make their children cry and show it to the world. The candy isn’t the point. I wouldn’t be upset if a parent decided their child shouldn’t have any Halloween candy. It does upset me that there are parents who apparently want to see their child in emotional distress and show it off.

    • KarenMS

      November 4, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      If anything, THATS a first world parenting problem: kids starving elsewhere and have lack of medical care, yet things are so hunky dory here we think it’s fun to NOT protect our kids? Do you think there are third world parents out there scheming how to best tear their children down a notch?

    • Shadow

      November 4, 2014 at 11:36 am

      Agreed! I think these are pretty darn funny for the older kids. It’s not like they’re all going to be bad at math now because of this prank, they’re FINE!

    • Allyson_et_al

      November 5, 2014 at 1:15 am

      It’s not the candy; it’s making the kids cry on purpose and then sharing the video with the world. If another kid did this at school, it would be bullying, and the consequences would be serious. Parents shouldn’t get to bully their kids for their own (and everyone else’s) entertainment. Believe me, I tease my kids. A lot. I don’t treat them like their developing egos are made of glass. What I don’t do is goad them into tantrums and chastise/laugh at their reactions while filming them for entertainment. That’s emotionally abusive.

    • Serena M

      November 5, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Interesting. I can totally see where you’re coming from, but I don’t agree that a silly prank is abusive or bullying. It’s a relatively harmless prank, I don’t think any of these kids will suffer any type of psychological trauma as a result of a 5-10 second clip of them having a tantrum being shown on the internet. In fact, I bet most of these kids will laugh at it when they’re older.

      I can definitely, totally get why people don’t think these videos are funny, but I still think they’re being taken too seriously.

  10. Aimee

    November 4, 2014 at 9:28 am

    I hate these videos so much. The people whose kids have terrible reactions are basically saying, “Isn’t it awesome how much I suck at parenting?!” yeah, it’s not exactly surprising when people who feel entitled to five seconds of TV fame produce children who feel entitled to five pounds of candy.

    • noodlestein's danger tits

      November 4, 2014 at 9:34 am

      And the ones who have the nicer reaction just break my heart. How could you do that to your little sweetie??

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 9:36 am

      SERIOUSLY. I think that’s why these videos piss me off so much. My son broke a lollipop he was super excited to eat on Halloween and without a second thought, my daughter handed him hers. She is a really good girl. Trying to trick her for my own giggles would make me basically evil.

    • noodlestein's danger tits

      November 4, 2014 at 9:43 am

      See, so sweet! Children are given to us to protect and to act as the voice of love and reason in a world full of challenges. Acting like this is a good way to teach them that they can’t count on anyone. It’s a terrible, nasty idea!

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Right on. And I hope that by now, you guys know me- I am the NOT one to coddle. I just don’t see the sense in being mean on purpose to kids who have done nothing wrong.

    • noodlestein's danger tits

      November 4, 2014 at 9:48 am

      Completely agree.

  11. Azy

    November 4, 2014 at 9:29 am

    I feel bad for these kids. They’re going to experience enough disappointment, etc. in their lives, I feel like parents should be the people they’re completely safe with.

    And, yeah, some of the reactions are over the top and maybe the kids ARE brats but I know lots of well-behaved kids would probably react the same way over candy they worked for. So not only are they being betrayed by their parents, but being called brats because of it.

    In the end, it probably won’t affect them too badly but the whole this is just. Why. There’s other ways to be funny.

    • SunnyD847

      November 4, 2014 at 9:59 am

      I agree. I guess not all of them “get over it” easily.

      http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/2014/09/21/halloween-candy-challenge/

    • Grr! Arrgh!

      November 4, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Hell, if someone I trusted stole the bag of Halloween candy I bought on clearance Sunday I promise I’d have the same *emotional* reaction as these kids ie: I would feel the exact same way they did in the moment. I just have the life experience, benefit of decent parenting, and frontal lobe development to control and defuse that emotional reaction. You know, because I’m an adult. Holding these kids out for shame and ridicule because they can’t do that due to age, development, and/or crappy parenting from the kinds of people who would film them and send video to Jimmy Kimmel seems pretty mean.

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 10:34 am

      It’s so mean.

    • Elissa

      November 4, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Yeah. My 5 year old isn’t a brat – she’s a great little girl who is loving, generous, helpful and kind. But if I told her I took all of her Halloween candy she would react like…a 5 year old who thinks that all her candy is gone. Go figure.

      Maybe some of those kids are brats and maybe they’re not, but I can all but garauntee that their parents are jerks who think it’s funny to goad them into an extreme reaction and then let the Internet shame them for having been manipulated into an extreme reaction.

  12. 0katykate0

    November 4, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Oh please, as much grief those little a-holes put me through a 30 second prank won’t ruin them.

    • LeggEggTorpedoTits

      November 4, 2014 at 9:38 am

      Sure you CAN play a silly little prank and it won’t destroy their lives forever…. but why would you do something to deliberately make the child you love feel pain? Because it’s amusing and will maybe get you on TV?

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Because they are little a-holes! They deserve it!

    • LeggEggTorpedoTits

      November 4, 2014 at 9:44 am

      OOOHHH right. They totally deserve it!

    • 0katykate0

      November 4, 2014 at 9:47 am

      Lol you act like this is some PTSD inducing real life trauma. No halloween candy?!? Better start saving up for therapy.

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 9:52 am

      Nope. I act like parents are jerks for humiliating their kids for laughs. Where did I ever say it would ruin the kids or give them PTSD? I just said it was mean and teaching them the wrong lessons. But thank you EVER so much for putting words in my mouth and telling me what I must have MEANT to say.

    • 0katykate0

      November 4, 2014 at 10:19 am

      If this isn’t the most pearl clutching take on this… liked scarymommy’s take on the video better. It’s funny, they took it as a joke and so am I. I’m an evil person I guess, everyone grab your lynching rope!!

    • Aimee

      November 4, 2014 at 10:22 am

      If you think someone writing an article about a video they didn’t like is equivalent to lynching, I think maybe you’re the one who can’t take a joke.

    • 0katykate0

      November 4, 2014 at 10:24 am

      I think you misunderstood, I’m the evil person and have an opposite opinion, there for Im the one to be lynched.

    • Aimee

      November 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Can you find me anyone here who’s said anything even close to “she’s evil and must be lynched”? Because so far what I’m reading is “this isn’t funny and it’s mean”. How’s the view from up on that cross? It’s pretty impressive to work up a persecution complex over your god-given right to make prank videos of your kids without criticism.

    • 0katykate0

      November 4, 2014 at 10:35 am

      I’m talking about the Mob mentality of this site if anyone has an opinion that doesn’t agree with the author.

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Actually, plenty of these ladies disagree with me on a great number of topics and I welcome those discussions. I think this seems like a “mob” because most people really do not find this video funny at all and think it’s pretty shitty. Trust me, our readers will not defend an author to the hilt if they disagree with what is written. I would never want or expect that. You are simply in the minority here and the majority is letting you know why they think you are wrong. It has nothing to do with agreeing with me as an author.

    • 0katykate0

      November 4, 2014 at 10:45 am

      Maybe so, but this site is in the minority of most people’s onpinions on this. I was surpised that people (especially on this site) had that opinion. For me it all boils down to first world problems: kids edition.

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 10:46 am

      And that is your take. You are welcome to it. My take is that this is senselessly mean and does nothing to benefit the kids but it could certainly make them very upset and I can’t grasp wanting to do that to your kid on purpose. To turn it around and put it on TV and the internet makes it all the worse. We are all entitled to our viewpoint. This is mine.

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 10:47 am

      And to me, FWP: Kids Edition would be not getting enough Butterfingers or something. Not having your parents cause your tantrum on camera for the whole world to see.

    • ChillMama

      November 4, 2014 at 11:35 am

      The Halloween candy may be first world problems. However, purposely humiliating and upsetting your kids for your own amusement? That is not a “first world” problem. That is something a lot of people obviously take issue with.

    • LeggEggTorpedoTits

      November 4, 2014 at 11:39 am

      I don’t think you understand the definition of “first world problems”. This is not a “problem” that “happens” to entitled kids. It is sadness –as fleeting as it may be — imposed on them by people they trust for the express purpose of entertaining those people. That’s just shitty.

    • CMJ

      November 4, 2014 at 10:42 am

      I’ve disagreed with Valerie before. Numerous times. People have disagreed with me too….it happens. Sometimes, your opinion isn’t popular. It happens.

    • Jem

      November 4, 2014 at 10:45 am

      I don’t think it’s a mob mentality, I think you are in the minority. There is a difference.

    • LeggEggTorpedoTits

      November 4, 2014 at 10:54 am

      No one has attacked you in any way. No one called you evil, no one said you should be lynched. Some people are simply disagreeing with you.

    • candyvines

      November 4, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Aa

    • candyvines

      November 4, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Time and time again people mention ‘mob mentality’ or that there is some sort of mommyish clique. There is no such thing. You put your opinion on the internet and other people from all over the world independently disagreed with you. You can ignore them or engage in discussion, but please don’t act like this is bullying. And if you truly feel ganged up on then maybe the internet is too much for you.

    • noodlestein's danger tits

      November 4, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Plus, is it really SO surprising that people who hang out in a particular corner of the internet have similar views? I mean, that’s part of what community is, to me. I’ve found something here that jives with the way I see the world, and even though I may disagree with people on certain issues, the way we debate those issues are similar and respectful. It…doesn’t seem that strange to me.

    • candyvines

      November 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Agreed. Also, this place is so tame compared to the rest of the internet.

      Although today I would like to bully Disqus until it kills itself.

    • noodlestein's danger tits

      November 4, 2014 at 11:47 am

      True story.

    • Elizabeth Wakefield

      November 4, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      You stated your opinion and other people chime in with their response. That’s how conversations, discussions, and disagreements work. Just because your opinion seems to be unpopular does it mean you’re being lynched (which is a really awful term).

    • LeggEggTorpedoTits

      November 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Hyperbole is the best way to shame people for hyperbole.

    • CMJ

      November 4, 2014 at 10:23 am

      What?

    • LeggEggTorpedoTits

      November 4, 2014 at 10:24 am

    • Elizabeth Wakefield

      November 4, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      I think the issue is less about the actual Halloween candy and more about the fact that these parents deliberately played a prank on their child, hoping to upset them and then allowed the video to be broadcast on national television.

    • 0katykate0

      November 4, 2014 at 9:41 am

      While I don’t agree with the while exploitation of children crying, I think “pain” is a strong word to use.

    • LeggEggTorpedoTits

      November 4, 2014 at 10:05 am

      They look like they’re in pain. They sound like they’re in pain. Just because you didn’t slap them in the face doesn’t mean they aren’t experiencing pain.

    • SunnyD847

      November 4, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Yeah, they KNOW it’s going to upset their kids or there wouldn’t be any point to doing it. That’s why it’s mean.

    • Spongeworthy

      November 4, 2014 at 9:40 am

      Honestly, I have more of an issue with the filming it and putting it on TV/online. My dad liked to tease us a lot as kids, and it didn’t ruin me at all, but I would feel a lot different if I knew the rest of the world had seen it.

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 9:41 am

      And there’s the difference. My grandpa used to ask us when we were little if we wanted to play “52 pickup”. We would say yes and then he would toss the deck of cards onto the floor and tell us to pick it up. Not the nicest trick, but whatever. Had someone filmed it and put it on YouTube? Kinda mean and completely pointless. Harmless teasing is one thing. Humiliating your kid for anyone with a WiFi connection is just cruel.

    • LeggEggTorpedoTits

      November 4, 2014 at 9:47 am

      My husband is a total agitator — practically famous for teasing — but he always draws the line at sending them over the edge, and he definitely wouldn’t broadcast their anxiety for all to point and laugh.

    • Spongeworthy

      November 4, 2014 at 10:00 am

      Yes, my dad is the same way. But part of it too is that my dad is really funny–he has a great, sharp sense of humor. And not in a mean way either–he isn’t the type to say “haha, your face is ugly!” and consider that a hilarious “joke”. And that’s how I look at stuff like this. It isn’t clever, it isn’t really funny, it’s just mean.

    • alexesq33

      November 4, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Also, there’s just a “meanness” to this prank. I don’t know, would your dad wait for you to sob and become sad? My dad used to do stupid stuff “oh you left your bike out so we gave it away” or something like that, but it never felt mean like this…

    • CMJ

      November 4, 2014 at 10:18 am

      Except it’s there forever….on the internet.

    • Guest

      November 4, 2014 at 10:19 am

      People for

    • 0katykate0

      November 4, 2014 at 10:21 am

      I didn’t see any names or street addresses. Does anyone remember who the kids were from years past? Anyone?

    • CMJ

      November 4, 2014 at 10:21 am

      We get it – you think it’s hilarious. I’m just glad I am not your kid.

    • 0katykate0

      November 4, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Me too! My kids have a sense of humor.

    • ChillMama

      November 4, 2014 at 11:32 am

      No doubt their peers do.

    • Ursi

      November 4, 2014 at 10:38 am

      You don’t think parents who do this chip away at their kids’ trust over time?

      How long do you think it takes a child to figure out that they might be pranked at any moment so the video can be uploaded and put online? Kids learn FAST, much faster than adults do. They learn to modify their behavior. They learn to cope with being let down and then they adjust their expectations accordingly. They learn that their parents aren’t above making them cry for the sake of a joke.

      You think it’s funny, but they’re still figuring out how humans behave. This “lesson” has no real world application except that parents lie for fun sometimes.

    • Missy

      November 4, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      It disturbs me how willing you are to call children a-holes in the context of tricking them into frustrated tears. Methinks you might be the a-hole if that’s the case.

    • Elizabeth Wakefield

      November 4, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      Unfortunately that 30-second prank ended up on the Internet and a nationally broadcast television show. Those 30 seconds will now last forever.

  13. Shadow

    November 4, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Okay but real question: why are these kids always in their underwear? They’re always shirtless, or in their underwear. And then on tv in their underwear.

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Yeah, nice, right? Let’s humiliate them AND let the nation see them in their underwear. I’m sorry, this stupid prank needs to die in a fire.

    • guest

      November 4, 2014 at 11:16 am

      I feel like a lot of times it is the morning after Halloween. Or perhaps these kids, like me, would rather run around in PJs whenever they’re at home.

    • SunnyD847

      November 4, 2014 at 11:43 am

      My kids did not get dressed all of this last weekend.

    • noodlestein's danger tits

      November 4, 2014 at 11:45 am

      *I* didn’t get dressed all of this last weekend!

    • Assasymphony

      November 4, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      PJs yes, but underwear.. What’s the weather like in November where these kids live?? Here we had an amazing October, and almost the second it turned to November, it’s freaking cold and raining buckets. Brrr.

    • Stephanie

      November 4, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      I don’t know. Everyone is always kind of in underwear or pj’s at my house. But, I find the videos sickening as well. I pretty much laugh at everything, mostly inappropriate things, and I can’t find humor in this.

  14. Ursi

    November 4, 2014 at 9:41 am

    This isn’t even a new thing. I will NEVER forget a friend’s 16th birthday party where her parents wrapped up a set of keys for an expensive new car and she opened them and began to cry out of joy and thank her parents. Then her family opened the garage door in front of all the partygoers to reveal a toy car. That was the joke. She wasn’t even expecting a real car and they blindsided her with generosity and then there’s this matchbox car sitting in the garage and all the adults laughed. To her credit, she didn’t react immediately, she took a moment to gather her composure in front of her friends and put on a smile and later on she slipped into her bedroom to cry alone.

    Screw people who humiliate their kids for entertainment.

    • noodlestein's danger tits

      November 4, 2014 at 9:57 am

      That’s AWFUL. It’s like those fake lottery tickets. I don’t think they’re funny, either.

    • SunnyD847

      November 4, 2014 at 10:03 am

      Mean

    • candyvines

      November 4, 2014 at 10:26 am

      My parents did something similar, but it was a total accident. They took me to dinner on my 16th birthday and about halfway through gave me a card that had a set of car keys in it. I got so excited! I asked if my car was in the parking lot – totally picturing a car with one of those giant bows. Their poor faces fell at exactly the same time and then my mom told me “Those are keys to our car.” I was a little bummed, but recovered pretty fast. It’s one of my favorite stories now.

    • jane

      November 4, 2014 at 11:10 am

      That seems to me an honest, if totally disappointing, mistake in presentation, rather than an attempt to be really mean. I sense your parents felt worse about the disappointment than you did.

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 11:12 am

      I have a December birthday and totally assumed I would get a car for my 16th. The evidence was mounting- I wanted a Jeep and a month before Christmas, a Jeep video arrives in the mail. HOLY SHIT DUDE! I am a present shaker so I went to my parents room and shook some boxes. One for me had a suspicious clink to it that sounded like a heavy car key. Then, my parents tell me and my brothers to stay out of the garage for the week leading up to Christmas. THIS IS HAPPENING.

      So on Christmas morning, I immediately open my “key”. It’s a bangle bracelet. My brothers are led to the garage where their new TV is waiting. So yeah. That was a nice lesson in getting your hopes up and your wish list too expensive. Hahaha. We all still laugh about it. 🙂

    • candyvines

      November 4, 2014 at 11:13 am

      Oh, for sure. I didn’t mean to imply otherwise. They felt awful. We all think it’s pretty funny now.

    • guest

      November 4, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Reminds me of the time when I was a kid I opened a Christmas present in front of my parents and brothers and thought it was a phone. I was super excited and then opened it to find underwear and a bra. If my level of disappointment and embarassement was any indicator that girl should prob still be holding a grudge.

    • Aldonza

      November 4, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Oh that’s awful! Occasionally, growing up, my parents would mess with us with gifts, but it was never mean. They’d put gift cards in Altoid tins or hang money inside an umbrella, so when you opened it, it would rain money on you. That stuff was always cute and fun, not mean spirited.

    • Personal

      November 4, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      Why would anyone do that to someone they Claim to love?! That’s horrible! Where do people draw the line? Would they think it was funny if a man proposed in public to his girlfriend and then laughed at her when she tearfully accepted?

    • chill

      November 4, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Ugh. That’s terrible. It makes me sad for her, especially as a teenager. I remember hoping that someone (family or friend) would throw me a party for my sweet 16, and nothing happened. That was disappointing enough, but I can’t imagine if someone had humiliated me in front of a group. They should be ashamed.

  15. Jessieface

    November 4, 2014 at 9:56 am

    I truly despise this ‘prank’. You are intentionally doing something that you know will upset your kids, and filming their reaction to be televised nationally for all of us to find humor in their anguish. You cannot take that back or down, and it’s out there forever – and your kid gets no say in it! Maybe I am no fun (it’s entirely possible; I clean my kitchen to destress and love brussel sprouts) but it just seems mean. Kids don’t sign up for this, they might not understand what a ‘prank’ is, they have no control over what their parents do/post/film, and yet they are the ones being put on display. I hate ‘pranks’ that end in someone being emotionally worked up and embarrassed. End rant.

  16. alexesq33

    November 4, 2014 at 10:07 am

    This just feels mean. I can’t even watch the video. Why would you want your kids to feel that way, unless you use the excuse that they’re spoiled little monsters, in which case, that’s YOUR fault, and still fucking mean. IMO

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Not trying to be a drama queen, but I seriously had trouble watching it. That poor little blond toddler boy, maybe the third kid in, he sounds so damn sad! His dad is taking his candy and he’s all desperate going “No!….no….no!” Ugh, WHY??

    • alexesq33

      November 4, 2014 at 10:28 am

      Our job as parents is to do the opposite of this because this WILL happen to them with a boy/girl, a job, a college choice, whatever is super important to them that they will lose. We don’t need to help their lives suck more by preparing them for the inevitable. We need to be someone they come running to when it happens. These people are fucking assholes and I don’t think you’re a drama queen at all – I am currently preggo and would probably sob if I watched this right now.

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Right on. It might make me a mushball but something weird happened when I had my kids. I started picturing their faces on the faces of other kids who were sad or in trouble. I can’t help it. I don’t like seeing little kids in misery. I guess that means I can’t take this as a joke. So be it.

    • alexesq33

      November 4, 2014 at 10:33 am

      oh GOD YES – yes I started doing the same thing. I really didn’t even “like kids” before I had them (for real, was like NO KIDS EVAAAAA who cares they’re whiny and annoying, etc.!) and now I hear a news story or whatever and can’t help but imagine if it happened to them how absolutely broken I would be. I can’t imagine adding to their pain how is this funny? Knowing that I can’t prevent it for their whole lives hurts enough…. Of course, pregnancy hormones do not in any way help this phenomenon.
      ETA – now who’s the drama queen? LOL

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 10:35 am

      Pregnancy hormones never help! Hahaha.

      But yes, that is totally it.

    • SunnyD847

      November 4, 2014 at 11:40 am

      That kid was way too little to mess with like this.

    • Amber Starr

      November 4, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      You’re not a drama queen. I was almost in tears because I know what it’s like to be bullied and these kids were definitely bullied into crying for adult’s amusement. That’s beyond f*cked up.

  17. Grr! Arrgh!

    November 4, 2014 at 10:19 am

    There’s a manipulativeness and cruelty to these that really, really bugs me. Little kid’s worlds are pretty black and white becaue they are *little kids.* Developing compassion and dealing with ambiguity and nuance are advanced skills, so we give them a simple framework to start. We tell them, don’t steal, it’s wrong to take something from someone who worked hard for it and it also makes them feel sad and maybe scared and insecure and it’s wrong to make other people feel that way. The entire prank hinges on the more sophisticated parent manipulating that black-and-white world. When the parent turns around and steals something of value from the kid, then punishes or shames the kid for reacting to that wrong it violates the “rules” of that world we set up (ie: stealing is wrong, apologize for making people feel bad). Add to that the parent isn’t punished for stealing even though they’ve told the child it’s wrong? If you look at that in isolation, that is actually some Kafka-esque shit right there.

    Clearly, one prank over some candy isn’t going to irrevocably break a child’s trust in their parents, belief in justice, or adherence to the social contract. But, and probably because I was a sensitive kid, I still see an inherent meaness in setting up your kid to fail for your own amusement and the amusement of strangers when you are bigger, stronger, smarter, and you do it by breaking the rules you set up that just makes my chest hurt. Jokes only work or me when when the humor is “punching up” and this is definitely punching down.

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 10:25 am

      Marry me!

    • Grr! Arrgh!

      November 4, 2014 at 10:41 am

      *blush.* It’s because I used the phrase “Kafka-esque?” isn’t it?

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 10:43 am

      It didn’t hurt! Hahaha.

    • Jessieface

      November 4, 2014 at 11:26 am

      THIS!!! If it were not a parent doing this, and another kid instead, people would think that other kid was cruel and a bully. Last time I checked, doing something to upset someone else for the sole purpose of yours and others amusement, is a douche move.

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    • Amber Starr

      November 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      The parents are definitely bullies. I wanna hug all of these kids and buy them ALL OF THE CANDY. I hate that their parents made them cry just so that they could have 5 seconds of fame.

  18. candyvines

    November 4, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Oh man, my baby gets a super pouty frown right before he cries and it is simultaneously the cutest and saddest thing I’ve ever seen. I have unintentionally caused it and then felt so, so guilty (most recently by making a silly face.) I know he will have to learn to deal with pain, and that sometimes it will be my fault he’s sad – but I really can’t imagine finding it funny, let alone recording it and showing the world.

  19. VA Teacher

    November 4, 2014 at 10:45 am

    I get that a lot of people have some hardcore feelings about this, but it really depends on how you were raised. My parents did this type of stuff all the time. We got the fake car, we got the jokes about being sold or adopted, we got the fake bloody handprints on the bathroom mirror. Hell, when I was little, I was terrified of my brother’s My Buddy doll (looked like Chucky!). I used to make my parents put him out in the garage before I’d go to sleep…. at which point my father would get the doll and place it somewhere in my room, so it’d scare me when I woke up. 😛

    It’s all in the culture of the family. Now, we’re a group of adults who love being scared, trashtalk each other constantly and are probably a bit overly sarcastic. There’s not a thin skin left in us. 😛 As a kid, I would have pitched a fit (minus the over the top stuff because as big a joker as he was, Dad is also military!) and then laughed like crazy later.

    The filming it and broadcasting it for national consumption isn’t awesome parenting. But the actual joke? Harmless, IMO (unless as a pattern of bullying)

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 10:49 am

      I think the difference is putting it on TV for others to laugh at. I tease my kids. But I will not embarrass them publicly to get on TV for a few seconds.

    • VA Teacher

      November 4, 2014 at 10:51 am

      I agree with that. No one should be put out in the public for the sake of humiliation without their rational consent.

    • Valerie

      November 4, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Right. And my parents teased me sometimes. Really, I am not raising Special Snowflakes here, I swear. Lol. I just think its terrible to make their sadness a public spectacle.

    • chill

      November 4, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      I agree. I totally tease my kids, tell them I bought them at Target and will return them when they’re being rotten, but they laugh at me and know it’s a joke. I remember my parents cancelled Christmas on my sister and I one year because of our behavior and I was crushed. I can’t imagine how much worse it would have been if my reaction had been videoed and used as a joke for others to laugh at.

    • 0katykate0

      November 4, 2014 at 10:49 am

      This times 1000737.

    • Spongeworthy

      November 4, 2014 at 11:03 am

      I also come from a ball-busting family, so I see your point, and I also have a very thick skin. But the filming and posting of it is a big problem for me. And also, it just seems like such an easy target, you know? These kids are still young, they’re a bit gullible (as kids can be). It just seems like a cheap kind of laugh, and I say this as someone who loves humor and jokes.

    • jane

      November 4, 2014 at 11:17 am

      What’s key here too is that it’s the “culture of the family.” The audience has no way of knowing if this is par for the course for these kids, in which case it’s mean, but not awful, or if this a random out of the blue cruel thing to do to kids.

      I tease my kids all.the.time. and I call them names that many people would think are mean but my kids know is absolutely a form of endearment (my younger one actually answers to “booger-face” a lot of the time). You can be mean without being mean if that’s the culture of the house. I do not think that was what was happening in these videos.

  20. guest

    November 4, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I’ve only watched the first one that came out (I think) because the two boys at the end were so sweet I could have died. They sounded like little adults, he told his mom she’d get a belly ache, the kid tried to help his brother with math, and the little guy called his mother a “sneaky mom” which was so freakin adorable I think my ovaries exploded.
    The rest of it though I wanted to smack everyone involved. The ones where the kids punch stuff or scream at their parents and call them names… I don’t find that funny. I think your kid is an asshole because of their asshole parents. Although I would never play a prank like that on my kids, if somehow it happened and I got a reaction like that we’d have a long discussion about appropriate behaviors and whether we’d ever do Halloween again.

  21. Mimi

    November 4, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I’m just putting this out there but… you TRY to come to my house and steal my chocolate and watch what happens. NOT cool. And I’m a grown-up (kind of). I don’t see this as funny at all.

    • Amber Starr

      November 4, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      Exactly! I had a pack of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the freezer and my brother ate ’em when he came over. I about flipped my shit and this was only a few months ago. I can’t imagine being 5 and having someone do that to me.

  22. Rachel Sea

    November 4, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    45 years from now…”Hey, mom, I got you into the really good assisted living facility. HAHA, just kidding.”

    • Amber Starr

      November 4, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      Ahhh, sweet justice.

  23. mamaduck_75

    November 4, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I tend to agree with those of you who have posted that some families just joke like that. That’s the way my husband is with my daughter, and he and his dad have always been with each other. He aggravates our daughter all the time, to the point of annoying the piss out of me (they also wrestle a lot, so my damn couch cushions are forever askew). It’s fine if you know your kids, and that’s kind of the family dynamic. I just have a serious issue with it being posted live on TV…that’s disturbing to me. I have an issue with people’s private lives going public without their say, and that includes kids (don’t even get me started on the Alex from Target crap…though he turned out to be ok with his photo being shown nationally, if he were a teen girl being ogled online, the situation would be treated much differently…total double standard, and most private people would not be ok with their photo being taken and going viral).

  24. Amy

    November 4, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    “You can never ever listen about candy.”

    Story of my life.

  25. Kitty

    November 4, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    While I strongly dislike pranks, especially on children, I get that there could be some nuance here as other posters have said based on the “culture” of the family, but what makes this so awful even if it’s that “type” of family is that it’s public. It’s supposed to be funny because what the kids are upset about is a) supposedly not that big a deal, and b) not even true anyway. But the thing is, emotions are so REAL to kids. I feel the same way about that “Reasons My Son is Crying” thing–fine, if it’s your “family culture,” have a private chuckle about this stuff with your spouse, but putting it up for public consumption is a real violation of the kid’s emotions. Who hasn’t had a cry over something silly–your favorite TV show, a novel, pants feeling tight, store is out of peanut butter cup ice cream…what if your spouse videotaped or photographed you and publicized it? I feel like this is something adults think they can to kids because they are powerless. It’s shitty.

  26. Ashley

    November 4, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Sorry, not sorry. I separated all of my daughter’s candy into chocolate and “other stuff” (the crap no one wants, she likes it though, sugar is a rare treat for her). She loves chocolate but if she had the opportunity, she’d eat the whole bag and not eat real human food. So I lied to her cute chubby blonde sweet toddler face and said I ate all her chocolate and there was no more, and that way she doesn’t ask. She said “oh ok, can I have a lollipop?” and was FINE with it! Of course, I didn’t pick an over sensitive kid, and then video tape telling them I stole their shit. But my kid didn’t even blink that I told her all her candy was gone. And I didn’t do it to be “funny”, either, so I suppose that makes it different.
    But lol sorry no. Your kid “earns” their Halloween candy by trick or treating and I suppose that makes it THEIR candy, but sorry kid, if you live in my house, your candy is my candy and I decide who eats it and when, and if I decide you can’t, then you lose out on it. I would never knowingly disappoint or upset my kid, film it and put it on national television though. I agree that that is bullshit. But keeping candy from your kid or telling your kid they ate your candy should not result in your child losing their motherfucking mind, and the fact that it did shows how entitled kids think they are to things that ought to be a reward, not a daily food group.

  27. chill

    November 4, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I think a lot of this goes back to how more and more people seem to seek out attention, even when it is at another’s expense or at risk of being in poor manners. I would never humiliate my child just to get on TV. I hate this trend, but it seems to only be getting worse.

    • Amber Starr

      November 4, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      I’ve seen parents put pictures or videos of their kids crying or throwing a tantrum up on Facebook. When my daughter is upset, my first reaction is NOT to grab my phone and snap some shots to post online. People will do anything for “likes” and that’s just sad.

    • mamaduck_75

      November 4, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      I agree, with one exception…I did videotape a tantrum when my daughter was going through the terrible twos, as well as how I handled it, and sent it to a few mom friends. I was a new mom, and her tantrums were so out of control that I wondered if I was handling it wrong or if maybe something was wrong with her. I needed advice and constructive criticism, and it really helped. Turns out, those tantrums are par for the course for most 2 year olds, lol.

    • Amber Starr

      November 4, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      That’s a whole different story. I would never judge you for that… I only judge the parents who intentionally film their kids so that they can post them on facebook and make an ass outta the kid. You’re a good mama duck 🙂

    • Allyson_et_al

      November 5, 2014 at 1:18 am

      I have occasionally shared particularly funny pictures of particularly ridiculous crying episodes from when they were little, but my kids are 11 and 13 now, and I ask before I post these decade-old pictures. I don’t go out of my way to humiliate them.

  28. Amber Starr

    November 4, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    These parents are f*cking assholes. Maybe it’s stupid pregnancy hormones, but seeing these kids so upset had me damn near tears (I know, that sounds dramatic). Then, you had the other kids who were like “It’s ok” and I just wanted to hug them.

    I hope the attention-whore parents are proud. They’re bullies… And to the scumbags on youtube who say that the kids are brats, I would love to go back in time and see how they would react to this kind of “joke”. These are little kids. Of course they’re going to be pissed. I would be too!

  29. PSG

    November 4, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Thank you.

  30. Allen

    November 4, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I hate it when people say that kids who get upset over stuff like this are brats, and I always suspect (or maybe hope) that those people don’t spend much time around kids and don’t know much about child development. Little kids aren’t always going to have the maturity and cognitive development to react to stress the same as adults. I like to think I was a pretty good kid, and I had a strong conscience even when I was young, but even I threatened to throw a whoopee cushion at my mom once when I was five or six because I was upset about something.

    Also, a kid getting upset over something like losing their Halloween candy isn’t necessarily an indicator that the same kid is going to throw a tantrum in the grocery store because their parents wouldn’t buy them a candy bar. Some probably would, but you just can’t tell. Halloween is a special occasion that a lot of kids really look forward to. From an adult perspective, having someone eat your Halloween candy doesn’t seem like a huge deal. But that’s because things are different when you’re an adult. For a kid, this could be like finding out that the hotel you wanted to stay at on your honeymoon has lost your reservation or something. It’s not the end of the world, but it can be a big disappointment and disruption of plans.

  31. Kimberly Wooster

    November 6, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    This is just awful. You can see a lot of these little ones desperately trying to bring the situation back to something they can understand and their emotions getting the best of them. If you think it’s funny perhaps I should film your reaction when I tell you “Well, last night, I took your bonus check from work and gambled it all.” I really really don’t like this.

  32. guest

    November 6, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    thank GOD someone else feels this way!! i don’t even have kids, but every year, when i see these ridiculous videos circulating on FB and CNN, i want to scream – “what is WRONG with you parents who partake in this?! why would you be deliberately cruel to your child?! make him/her distraught by lying to them, then publicly air their reaction for everyone’s amusement, including your OWN?!??” and what is WRONG with the people who find this funny?? how aren’t there more people saying/realizing how terrible and cruel this is?? way to teach children that adults are undependable people who will happily manipulate and embarrass the very people who depend on them. it’s sickening. these poor children.

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