oping to get China’s internet mob to stop harassing her, a mother has stepped forward to explain why she kicked her young daughter.
That kick to the behind on a street corner was captured in a 10-second video which sparked a viral firestorm on Chinese social media this week and led to China’s infamous “human flesh search engine” tracking down the family.
It turns out that the little girl, called Niu Niu, is a successful child model. Soon, rumors started running wild that the kick had come because the mother was dissatisfied with her daughter’s performance at one photo shoot. The Beijing News talked to one shop owner who claimed that Niu Niu was “overworked” and that her mom didn’t care and was only out to make money.
On Wednesday, the mother created a Weibo account and issued a short statement, begging for the public’s forgiveness, insisting that she does not abuse her child, and arguing that the incident had been misunderstood.
She later told the Beijing News that her family does not rely on the money that Niu Niu makes by modeling and explained that she had kicked her daughter while in an agitated state after the little girl ran onto the road as it was starting to get dark.
“No parent can claim that they have never laid a finger on their child. I rarely hit my child,” she told the publication.
The mom added that because of the video going super-viral, she had started receiving menacing messages online threatening violence against her. Meanwhile, comments underneath her apology have continued the online attack with netizens calling her “unfit to be a mother” and declaring that the one she should really apologize to is her own daughter.