Some people can remember a time when gender reveals were not a thing.
Now many long for that time again.
What once started as a cute family event morphed into people trying to top each other and create something that would go viral. But more often than not, gender reveals go viral for all the wrong reasons.
This is one of those cases.
Watch news footage of this gender reveal fail.
Gender reveal stunt ends with car engulfed in flames | Nine News Australiayoutu.be
@Fox35News How many smurfs were hurt for this gender reveal?... https://t.co/jV8P0iZVXM— RJL (@RJL) 1562697660.0
The parents planned an epic burnout in the color blue to reveal they were having a boy, but they got an entirely different form of burnout as the car began to emit a different kind of smoke before bursting into flames.
Police have stepped in after a gender reveal ceremony took a turn for the worst. The explosive finale was captured… https://t.co/uB5eUnWjKS— 9News Gold Coast (@9News Gold Coast) 1562657569.0
Then police got involved. The driver was charged with recklessness, fined and lost their license for six months.
Police released the video as a warning.
The Queensland Police Service released footage of the incident, which took place on April 18 last year, to warn abo… https://t.co/rMJBzu4X4p— CNN Philippines (@CNN Philippines) 1562686256.0
@Fox35News Super irresponsible to do that on a public road— Marvel! at the Disco (@Marvel! at the Disco) 1562707751.0
People were less than sympathetic.
The three genders: Boy, Girl, On Fire https://t.co/frRXbPARFb— David Futrelle (@David Futrelle) 1562685114.0
@YahooNewsAU I love to dust my friends and family with smurf powder and set my car on fire for my children— The Big Normal (like a Shaq nickname) (@The Big Normal (like a Shaq nickname)) 1562686730.0
@YahooNewsAU "It's blue!! It's a boy!!.....oh wait, it's black.... now it's gray.... What gender is black then gray… https://t.co/HPYHEm6BFU— I, Clavicless (@I, Clavicless) 1562686109.0
@9NewsGoldCoast @njkelly9 They went for a gender reveal and ended up at an announcement for the new Pope.— Pr Galen Killian (@Pr Galen Killian) 1562693543.0
@9NewsGoldCoast @njkelly9 It's blue! It's a boy! Wait, it's black...it's a...new Pope???— 🏳️🌈Krysti- Head of Infant Sustainment 🏳️🌈 (@🏳️🌈Krysti- Head of Infant Sustainment 🏳️🌈) 1562694100.0
Many commented on the phenomenon of gender reveals.
@TrancewithMe I’ve become aware of ‘gender reveal’ events only in the last year or two, but are they getting more c… https://t.co/ypYKXEkhHT— Max Carnage (@Max Carnage) 1562686918.0
@NoraReed "gender reveal gone wrong" is my favorite cinematic genre— Maia (@Maia) 1562686587.0
@Fox35News The best part is the pregnant lady standing in front of the car as the burnout begins. https://t.co/6IMFBDYoEw— Heather Byrd (@Heather Byrd) 1562698440.0
@9NewsGoldCoast @njkelly9 Sign of the times...I guess cutting a cake just doesn’t have the same social media impact… https://t.co/dZo40TysFM— Political Junkie (@Political Junkie) 1562694982.0
@9NewsGoldCoast @njkelly9 Back in my day people just had their babies and didn’t have to be so extra about it. Lite… https://t.co/I3iTym2qdo— EvaMarie Lola (@EvaMarie Lola) 1562700852.0
@9NewsGoldCoast @njkelly9 What happened to a simple text message?? 🤦🏾♂️ you can’t afford a stroller cause you gott… https://t.co/8JZ3xSKyUD— The “Too” Is Implied (@The “Too” Is Implied) 1562702926.0
If you must do a gender reveal, it's OK if it doesn't go viral. If you must aim for online fame, play it safe people.
Gender reveals are not worth your car or your life.
If watching epic fails is your thing, the DVD Epic Fail Compilation is available here.