Children are often the most effective tool for creating media hoax because they always provoke public sympathy. Lots of desperate people are leeching on their innocence to gain media attention… then cold cash. Disgusting. We hope your children are not exploited like these.
Kerry Campbell, of course. She’s the infamous mother who gave her 8-year-old daughter Botox treatment for her “wrinkles”.
Well… It turned out that she did not let the child undergo Botox treatment after all. And her name was not Kerry Campbell, but Sheena Upton.
The child, Brittany, was taken by Child Protective Services while her mother underwent investigation. She was also examined at the UCLA Medical Center where it turned out that she’s Botox-free. Mother Upton then made the revelation: “The truth is I have never given my daughter Botox, nor allowed her to get any type of waxing, nor is she a beauty pageant contestant.”
Upton added that the “I-Give-My-Child-Botox” lie was actually not her idea, but that of the British tabloid “The Sun”, which broke out the story. It was after its publication that she was approached by “Good Morning America” and the “Inside Edition” for TV appearances that have given her “large fee” in return.
I don’t know if people should be happy hearing about the Botox hoax. At least in this crazy era, there is still no 8-year-old child that needs to counter “wrinkles” with Botox. But the fact that the mother was using her child to fabricate stories on TV is equally detestable.
In another story of “extreme” scheme to get on TV, a family was accused of scamming the ABC reality show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” by faking their children’s medical diagnosis. The parents’ daughters, Molly and Maggie, were said to have combined immunodeficiency disease. Because of the children’s condition, the show built them an especially equipped mansion with high-quality air filtration systems so they wouldn’t have to wear surgical masks anymore.
When the children’s parents sold the house later and moved to a different place, people began suspecting. Later, doctors started having trouble figuring out what was wrong with the girls because none of them could find anything serious.
And remember the Balloon-boy hoax in 2009?
Little Falcon Heene, 6 years old, was reported to be flying up into the air in a gas balloon so that local police were called for to act on the daring pursuit, much to the anticipation of the national public. It turned out, however, that the boy was just hiding in their attic. His parents, Richard and Mayumi Heene, desperately created the publicity stunt to obtain a contract to do a reality show!
exploiting children to gain media attention
All uncovered from their hidden agenda, the parents of these children have been subjected to police investigations and public scrutiny shortly thereafter. The momentary notoriety and instant money have cost them custody of their children as well as their dignity.
Will you use your child for publicity stunt too? Well then, you better be good excellent at it so you wouldn’t get caught… and suffer jail time and harsh public judgment in perpetuity.
Pressure On The Child