Young YouTubers Face Backlash Over Pregnancy 'Prank'
A young teenage couple have faced backlash after faking a wedding and a pregnancy in the name of gaining YouTube views.
Danielle 'Dani' Cohn, 15, has more than one million YouTube subscribers and more than three million Instagram followers, but was met with furious criticism from her followers over the fake pregnancy.
The influencer and her boyfriend Mikey Tue, 16, filmed themselves pretending to marry in Vegas with an Elvis impersonator.
They then claimed the reason for their impromptu wedding was because Dani was pregnant, before going on to film themselves talking about going for their first 'ultrasound.'
However, when the young couple uploaded a video of their 'gender reveal', Dani and Michael actually revealed that the entire thing had just been an elaborate prank.
The young Americans pop a balloon which releases pink confetti, suggesting a baby girl is on her way, but in that moment, Dani announces: "I'm not actually pregnant, okay?"
At the end of the video, the couple admitted that although their prank was "fun," they didn't "think it was going to go as far as it did".
However, as most of us know, joking about pregnancy is something that hurts a lot of people, and the couple were forced to apologise for their 'prank.'
Dani said: "Hey guys, thank you so much for watching this video, we hope you were all entertained by it. We didn't mean to offend anyone, if you got offended or if you looked at it in the wrong way, that's definitely not what we were trying to do, we were just trying to make a fun video, pranking our parents, pranking you guys."
Mikey continued: "We do understand that we have a younger audience and teen pregnancy is something that we don't take lightly. These videos were for entertainment, me and Dani always prank each other and we wanted to prank you guys.
"Dani gets called pregnant all the time and that's why we did these videos, to give you guys something to talk about and give you guys the 'tea' or whatever."
However, the pair were met with backlash from many frustrated followers, who argued the joke wasn't funny.
"So soso many women cannot have children or teenagers are homeless or in poverty due to teen pregnancy. Using this as a joke to get views is disgusting," one follower tweeted.
Another fumed: "I personally know a few teen mums who rooted for you because they know the REAL struggle of teen pregnancy, being kicked out, disowned, forced to abort it or forced to keep it. Faking being pregnant isn't cute."
This comes after Justin Bieber faced mass criticism for pretending his wife, Hailey Baldwin, was pregnant on April Fool's Day.
The pop star uploaded a baby scan picture with a puppy edited into the centre, telling his Instagram followers: "Wait omg is that a... APRIL FOOLS."
"Do you know there are women out there who listen to your music who have lost babies?" One unamused follower commented. "Who are struggling to get pregnant? Who cry every damn time they see a pregnancy announcement that isn't their own because the only thing they want more in the world is to be a mother? Yet here you are, pretending it's all a joke."
Featured Image Credit: Dani Cohn/YouTube