I thought the Rihanna story was horrible, but at least they are adults. The Sun is reporting that when Azharuddin, the boy from the Slumdog Millionaire movie was beaten by his father because the boy was tired from his flight back from Los Angeles and wanted to sleep. Well, his dad was having none of that. His kid is his ticket out of the slum and he wanted to show him off to all his neighbors and have the boy perform for them. When the boy refused, his dad beat the crap out of him. Unfortunately for the dad, he did the beating in front of a crowd of western reporters and cameras.
Ummm. Not a good idea pal. Later the father apologized and blamed it all on stress from seeing his son for the first time in a few days. Uh huh. “I was very sorry I did what I did. I was confused and stressed by my son’s homecoming and I did not know myself for a minute. I love my boy and I am very happy to have him home.”
There is no way this story is going to have a happy ending. What was this great, feel good moment last week, and throughout the week as the kids were celebrated all over Southern California wherever they went is all gone. Now, I'm sure all of these kids will be exploited by their parents in an effort to get them out of the slums within which they live. Although the future schooling needs of the kids have been taken care of by the producers of the movies, and they are being given new apartments in which to live, I don't think it will ever be enough to satisfy their parents. When the lights and reporters and cameras are gone, it will just be a defenseless boy and his a-hole of a father.