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On Friday, Piers Morgan used his "Only in America" segment to present a present. But a trinket of a less traditional type.
Detailing the more common graduation gifts often exchanged this time of year ("a pair of cufflinks perhaps? A nice silver tankard?") the host shared the story of a high school student thinking outside the box.
As Morgan recalled, in days past, it was common for female graduates to receive a hope chest:
"Remember hope chests? They used to mean a beautiful wooden box for a girl to store her treasured clothes and possessions," he explained. "Hope chests were by tradition, elegant, refined, and genuine."
However, modern day girls are going for a different type of chest entirely:
"Ones of the fake variety, that frankly, makes me despair, not hope, for the future of women in this country."
Telling the tale of Madison Landis, Morgan introduced his audience to an 18-year-old Texas girl, ready to close the book on high school, and head off into the next chapter of her life:
"And what did she really, really want for a graduation gift from her parents," he asked rhetorically. "Breast implants. Yep, you heard me, a fake cleavage."
Suggesting that most parents might meet such a suggestion with dismay, the host shared his shock at the approval of Madison's folks:
"Mum and Dad were so thrilled, they couldn't wait to stump up the cash and get their little girl into surgery."
Showing a clip of Landis going beneath the knife, it's learned the graduate grew from a AA cup to a 34C, all with her parents approval.
"You'll be unsurprised to learn that Tonya (Madison's mother) herself got breast implants when she was 24," deadpanned Morgan.
After hearing that Landis' father supported the surgery as a way to enhance his daughter's self-image, the "Piers Morgan Tonight" host offered another option:
"Like you and Tonya looking Madison squarely in the eye and telling her: 'You look absolutely beautiful and perfect in every way. Don't change a single thing.'"
Only in America, says Morgan: "Or perhaps, for Madison's parents, if this is too complicated to understand, I should pay for you both to have brain implants."