Gender reveal parties are already kind of the worst.
We could argue that gender is a societal construct not limited to functioning in line with biological sex. We could argue that biological sex and gender both exist on spectrums far more complicated than pink or blue.
We could, but we’re not going to. Instead, we’re going to point out that the woman who initially popularized the trend totally regrets it.
We’re also going to point out that people trying to out-do one another’s gender reveals for internet clout have lead to some serious disasters. Like this one, that burned 47 THOUSAND acres of land and ended up costing the parents over $220,000 in fines and fees.
Then there’s this one, that sent fireworks rocketing in flames at the guests—because nothing says baby like people running for their lives and screaming in terror.
And who can forget this gender reveal fail that ended up with a car on fire and the driver having to pay a fine as well as forfeit the right to drive for six months?
That’s not to mention the countless other people getting hit, breaking bones, crashing things and generally screwing up their “here’s the parts we saw on a sonogram” reveal in weird and wonderful ways.
This one, though, may be the weirdest of them all.
It involves a couple from Texas, a watermelon and a hippopotamus named Tank.
The couple, working in conjunction with the animal sanctuary, got Tank the hippo to help them reveal the gender of their baby.
Well, they tossed him a jello-filled watermelon over the fence and checked to see what color the goop was when he chomped down on it.
The video, and Dad’s reaction, have gotten some serious internet side-eye.
I did it. I found the worst gender reveal. pic.twitter.com/37b5GkrTbN
— Ana Bretón (@missbreton) September 21, 2019
Basically the people annoyed with it can be split into two camps.
There are the people who are worried about the hippo being fed so much jelly and food coloring (which, shockingly, aren’t part of a hippopotamus’ natural diet) for the sake of a gender reveal:
That person's baby is not remotely important enough to feed a hippo 10 pounds of food coloring.
— Levi Wilson (@leviisevil) September 21, 2019
Gave the poor hippo all that blue#1 dye now he bout to have cancer🤦🏾♂️
— 𝑷𝒆𝒆𝒛𝒚 (@JP__323) September 22, 2019
Also my question.
— billionaire philanthropist (@JMYaLes) September 21, 2019
Let’s pump another animal full of manmade dyes to prove my virility. Yes, very logical and necessary. 🙄
— J I L L B A I L E Y (@seejaybeelive) September 22, 2019
Soooo can someone jus tell me how this hippo is doing after digesting the stupid ass food coloring in that watermelon 🙄😒 an u kno it was the husbands idea I’m disgusted that he is breeding an I hope they hav a girl anyway thank God on that Chet!
— Morinozuka Takashi 🤷🏾♀️🤦🏾♀️ (@ASmoke_ASmile) September 22, 2019
And there are the people who found dad’s reaction to finding out the baby is a boy (Dad shouted “Yes! Yes! Thank God!”) to be …
…problematic, shall we say?
The “thank god” because it’s a boy because apparently having a girl would be HORRIBLE 🙄😡
— Kate (@KTenpas) September 21, 2019
— Kate (@KTenpas) September 21, 2019
Ew. “Thank God!” How do you hug your husband after he says that????
— Alex Davey (@alexandradavey) September 22, 2019
The guy says "thank god" after he saw it was a boy…not like "thank God I'm having a kid" bc he already knew that HENCE a gender reveal party…he legit like "thank God [it's not a girl]." If ppl are gonna have kids they better just be looking forward to/thankful for WHOEVER
— J.Alexandra 鄒 (@suesue_j) September 22, 2019
“Thank God” it’s a boy, because females are inferior? Male privilege is alive and well.
— Trixie ☘️🧢 #ImpeachTrump (@TBar317) September 22, 2019
What a sack. I'd love to have a girl. We have a boy who I adore, but a little girl would be great, too. Maybe we should adopt with sacks of crap like this in the world.
— Slug Jones (@JonesCT) September 23, 2019
I’ve seen (too) many of these gender reveals and 9 out of 10 videos where it’s revealed it’s a girl, either the dad to be is pissy about it or a male child throws a tantrum. I’m sick and tired of people treating girls as “not as good” even before they’re born!
— Dustbunnee (@dustbunnee2) September 22, 2019
Or, you know, both of those things.
The joy on his face knowing it’s going to be a boy is simply the worst. Along with making a hippo behind a gated fence eating a food coloring watermelon.
— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) September 21, 2019
When he said “thank god” I was even more disgusted. Throw the whole couple away also is the hippo okay?
— Portia👾🕹 (@GrooovyArts) September 21, 2019
There’s some back story to this particular gender reveal, though.
The couple already has a daughter and struggled to conceive this baby. People with fertility issues understand how costly and heartbreaking the process can be. Now that they are having a son, they can call their family complete.
According to mom, the couple would have been just as happy to find out they were having another little girl, but would have gone back to trying to conceive because they really wanted a son.
So we’re not sure if her explanation made it better or worse. You be the judge on that one.
Oh, and according to the animal sanctuary, Tank the Hippo is just fine.
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