Everyone’s Done With Gender Reveal Parties After One Caused A Devastating Wildfire In California
"Imagine being so basic that you destroy an entire ecosystem."
Earlier in the week, it was reported that a gender reveal gone-wrong was to blame for the massive El Dorado wildfire that continues to burn throughout California.
The fire began at 10.30am on Saturday (local time) in El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, and firefighters are still trying to control the blaze. Since September 5, the fires have burned through approximately 11,000 acres and have forced nearby residents to evacuate their homes for safety.
In a statement, the local fire department shared that the fire was started by “a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device, used during a gender reveal party”.
As the smoke device went off in dry area during a heatwave, this made for the perfect conditions for a wildfire. But while the wildfires and their impacts are very serious, the origin of the fire itself is bonkers to say the least.
The sheer stupidity of setting off a smoke device, in a grassy park, during a heatwave is laughable. In fact, the need for a gender reveal party at all in 2020 is already ridiculous enough – especially when these ~reveals~ have a proven history of causing wildfires in the US.
How has this happened twice pic.twitter.com/ku29giNgOq
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) September 7, 2020
So when the internet caught wind of the fire’s very trivial origin, people quickly turned the whole thing into one giant meme to help cope with, yet another, painfully 2020 event.
Poking fun at the family’s strange need to so desperately know whether their child has a penis or not, people begun to make memes about how cis-normativity literally caused the world to burn.
— C. Spencer Yeh (@cspenceryeh) September 7, 2020
Revealing my baby's gender by crashing a tanker full of pink oil into a delicate coral reef
— Pjörk🐷 (@NicoleConlan) September 7, 2020
Gender Reveal Parties: pic.twitter.com/2UjACWZ321
— David AttenBruh, Thee Daddy Nature (@AlHendiify) September 8, 2020
If your gender reveal party kills a bunch of people it’s most likely a white male.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) September 8, 2020
IT’S A BOY!!!! pic.twitter.com/pv7TYRJqww
— Eric Allen Hatch (@ericallenhatch) September 7, 2020
i will reveal a new gender every day until my demands are met
— very offline potat (@metapotat) September 8, 2020
Insta-moms deciding how much land to burn for their gender reveal pic.twitter.com/LjP0OoWBgV
— Nico Correia (@notn1co) September 8, 2020
I’m going to let my children set their own wildfire when they’re old enough to decide for themselves
— Sarah Pappalardo (@yourpappalardo) September 8, 2020
— DJ EAR (@Huepow00) September 8, 2020
gender reveal party but it’s just my husband and i beating an endangered rhino, eventually forcing it to shit the “it’s a boy!” capsule our party planner force fed it hours ago
— sarah schauer 🦂 (@sarahschauer) September 8, 2020
— Muscle Skoals (@MuscleSkoals) September 7, 2020
Beyond the wildfires themselves, the wildest part of this whole gender-reveal-gone-wrong is that we still don’t even know what the gender of the child is. Some kind of gender reveal party that was.
Imagine being so basic you destroyed an entire ecosystem
— David AttenBruh, Thee Daddy Nature (@AlHendiify) September 7, 2020