I had to write something about this. I don’t even know what to say. I just read Faith’s blog about it and I saw the video (you should be very, very, careful about that video) I’m really glad Faith warned that the video could be triggering. As I commented on Faith’s blog, I hadn’t looked into this story because all I saw as I glanced at the internet news was something about hot sauce and I thought it was some new stupid thing that teenagers were doing. When I saw that it was about parental “discipline” that made me stop and I had to read it. Oh my god. That’s all I say. I was stunned. I started watching the video and the mom is yelling at this tiny boy about lying to her. He’s so small and he has this little scared voice and a Russian accent. It broke my heart. Then she started saying things like, “What happens when you lie to me!?” and he said ‘I get hot sauce’… at that point I had to mute the video because I was yelling at my laptop screen saying “Oh god please no, don’t do this’. I muted it and I watched it because I kept thinking, ‘This can’t be happening’ Thankfully, the video I saw had his face hidden but even with the sound muted it was…horrible. She made him hold hot sauce in his mouth and then after he spit it out (they had captions on the bottom of the screen so we could understand what was being said) she said something else about what would happen and he said “I get the cold shower”. I lost it. I wanted to kill her with my bare hands. She made him take a cold shower. I guess this clip was shown on the Dr. Phil show when she was a guest and there were only a few seconds of the show following the video of her doing this. Dr. Phil said they did not shoot the video, I think the little boy’s sibling had to videotape it and I saw audience members in tears. I want to see what happened on the rest of the show. I want to see how Dr. Phil dealt with this evil, disgusting woman.
I said on Faith’s blog that a person who had read and or watched the video asked the question, if this hot saucing is the same as putting soap in a kid’s mouth for swearing. The commenter said that they had soap put in their mouth for cussing once when they were a kid but they didn’t feel degraded or abused by it. I think this person and I both agreed however that this thing, what this horrible woman did, is absolutely, child abuse! And the fact that the boy knew what happens when he lies, tells me that this had happened to him before. I have to say that I’m shaken and I wish I hadn’t looked at the video even if I muted it. On the other hand the child deserves for people to see what he’s been through so that he can be rescued and given to a family that will truly love him and protect him. I’m feeling sick to my stomach but I feel like that’s the least I can do for this little boy, feel sick to my gut about what happened to him.
They better put this woman away for a long time because she’s dangerous, twisted and she’s done lifelong damage to this child.
That’s all, I just had to say something. I’ll spend the rest of the day trying to get over what I saw.