An unruly 13-year-old girl has found online fame after appearing on an episode of American talk show Dr Phil and challenging the audience to fight her outside when they laughed at her unusual accent and bravado.
Florida teenager Danielle Bregoli has been the butt of thousands of internet jokes and memes since she appeared on the show alongside her concerned mother in September 2016.
But while the internet laughs, Dr Simon Crisp, a clinical psychologist, has warned the attention could be damaging Danielle’s mental wellbeing.
Dr Crisp told the The New Daily that the surge in attention surrounding Danielle could aggravate her behaviour and ensure she remains out-of-control for longer.
Last week, Danielle was in the headlines again after Dr Phil producers released a promo teasing her return to the show.
On Wednesday, she and her mother, Barbara Ann, were removed from a plane after a physical altercation with another passenger during which Danielle allegedly punched the woman in the face.
Mrs Bregoli originally sought the popular TV psychologist’s help because she felt she could no longer raise her violent and disobedient daughter.
The segment was titled, I Want To Give Up My Car-Stealing, Knife-Wielding, Twerking 13-Year-Old Daughter Who Tried To Frame Me For A Crime.
Mrs Bregoli gave examples of Danielle’s bad behaviour toward her, including stealing her car, throwing rocks at her window and stealing her credit card to buy a stripper pole for her bedroom.
When Dr Phil questioned Danielle herself, the audience began laughing at her speaking manner, which she claimed she picked up “from the streets”.
Watch Danielle Bregoli’s appearance on Dr Phil
“All these hoes laughing like it’s so funny,” she said to Dr Phil.
“So the audience are a bunch of hoes?” he responded.
“Catch me outside, how ’bout that?” she shot back in a difficult-to-understand drawl.
“Catch you outside, what does that mean?” Dr Phil asked.
“Catch her outside means she’ll go outside and do what she has to do. That’s what she’s talking about. This is all mouth,” Mrs Bregoli explained.
The bizarre phrase and Danielle’s accent soon went viral, prompting thousands of memes and even inspired her to create her own line of ‘Howbow dah’ themed merchandise.
church signs are getting out of hand 😂 "cash God inside, howbow dah?" pic.twitter.com/Bku138XFCu
— ㅤㅤㅤ (@whataboutdj) January 26, 2017
Dr Crisp said that, for some people, “being in the spotlight can be very overwhelming and humiliating and it can cause huge anxiety and really worsen the person’s self image”.
“The unfortunate thing, especially with a young person, is that they’re still developing an identity and a place in the world, so if they gain a lot of attention or kudos for presenting themselves in a certain way that can often be an identity they hang onto because it seems to be of great value to them.”
Dr Crisp cited the local example of infamous party host Corey Worthington, who attempted to “capitalise” on his public image by gaining media attention.
“A local example of that is Corey Worthington – some years ago, he seemed to attempt to capitalise on that public attention but i doubt it was particularly beneficial to him in the long run.
“The consequences can be very unpredictable,” Dr Crisp warned.