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May 11th, 2012
03:02 PM ET

Only in America: The new chest of hope

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."

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  1. princess1960

    hello Morgan ..really i don't know what to say .every simetric of the our body is because have to be like this ..iam not for make changes if everything is healthy ..beauty is mind ..i am mother but believe me i am not agree with my daughters to make to much changes in faces..a small one have green eye black heir is not toll she dont like to make nothink just some makeup other one she like to make changes colour heir blond .YOU KNOW the young ladys to day is unsurence to much glamor in tv in fashion all helping the young girls be not safe with her selfs ..you are lucky with boys ..i don't give one cent for my daughters to make changed ..just for education..this is beauty.
    thank you

    May 11, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. bob

    Peece, Please pronounce your "r"s. Americacns would call you PieRce. After all you brits invented the language, why have an "r" if not to use it.

    May 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Craig

    Your commentary was over the top. Lets tone it down a bit.

    May 11, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Kim

    Thanks, Peirs, for bashing breast implants. If men are so infatuated with large fake boobs, they can have them implanted into their chests.

    May 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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