Is Beating Up Kids’ Stuffed Animals A New Parenting Trend?

A video of a man punching his nephew’s stuffed Mickey Mouse to coerce him to eat went viral

In the video, which has over 16.2 million views, the man is seen trying to feed the toddler, who refuses. He then tries to feed the Mickey Mouse toy and when the toy also “refuses”, he punches Mickey repeatedly. The toddler is clearly stunned, then takes his food with no hesitation. “When kids don’t wanna eat… this is what you gotta do,” user @rudyhernandez_ captioned the video along with laughing emojis.

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He quickly got called out for this

but responded to the backlash saying

 

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