Celeb Pregnancy Pranks - Funny, or Totally Tasteless?Shana Aborn
The pranksters were out in full force yesterday for April Fool’s Day – and celebrities were no exception. Everyone from Snooki to Mike Tyson tried to put one over on their fans by tweeting phony personal announcements. But what Lindsay Lohan and Farrah Abraham did could raise questions about how far is too far when it comes to April 1 jokes.
These days, it’s not enough just to say, “Your shoelace is untied” or put salt in the sugar bowl; the object is to fool as many people as possible by either raising their hopes to new heights or shocking them into a stupefied state.
Both Lindsay and Farrah declared via Twitter that they were about to become mothers. Farrah, star of the original Teen Mom, tweeted, “Big day for Sophia & I Were adopting a baby brother, Sophia is super excited xo! Adopting is a #blessing.”
Then, early Tuesday morning (a little late for a true April Fool), LiLo dropped her own bombshell: “Its official. Pregnant…”
Farrah followed up hours later with, “#AprilFools!!!!!! Just a joke 😉 .” Lindsay has yet to do the same – but no one’s taking her very seriously at this point.
But humor is a tricky thing. What one person finds hilarious, another may think of as unfunny or mean-spirited.
If you’re one of the millions of women who are either experiencing infertility or who have lost a child through miscarriage or another tragedy, seeing someone making pregnancy into a “gotcha!” moment can be downright painful. The child-loss support group Carly Marie Project Heal even created a Facebook meme asking potential pranksters not to post phony “I’m pregnant” status updates.
Pro-prankers, on the other hand, see fake pregnancy updates as just another harmless bit of April foolery – especially when it’s pretty clear from the start that it’s a joke. Lighten up!, they say. Many are also tired of feeling as if they have to watch every word they say for fear of offending someone. Has pregnancy become just another arena for political correctness?
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Where do you stand? Are fake pregnancy announcements chuckle-worthy – or out of line?
[Photos: via Pacific Coast News, Twitter]
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