The Brief: After an explosive gender reveal started a wildfire, people are making memes about the dangers of such celebrations.
After a gender reveal ended about as badly as one could: with a 10,000+ acre wildfire, people have been adding some levity to the situation via memes. The El Dorado Fire in Southern California’s San Bernadino County has burned over 10,000 acres so far and was traced back to a “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device” that was used for a gender reveal. Footage of the incident hasn’t yet been made public, but the device went off in a dry and grassy area during a heatwave (and a time where climate change exacerbates the risk of wildfires). Be sure to add this to your 2020 bingo card.
California right now pic.twitter.com/YwUVZs7QAf
— People's City Council – Los Angeles (@PplsCityCouncil) September 8, 2020
Gender reveal parties have wreaked similar havoc before, starting wildfires, and even killing a family member.
How has this happened twice pic.twitter.com/ku29giNgOq
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) September 7, 2020
Memes about this most recent wildfire-causing gender reveal catastrophe both criticize the callousness of those who use explosive devices in their gender announcements and critique people’s obsession with announcing the sex of their unborn babies. Jenna Karvunidis, who popularized the gender reveal party in 2008 (hers consisted of cutting a cake), has since denounced the concept and the dangerous ways in which people reveal their fetuses’ genders. In response to the El Dorado Fire, she wrote on Facebook: “Stop it. Stop having these stupid parties. For the love of God, stop burning things down to tell everyone about your kid’s penis. No one cares but you.” Many gender reveal wildfire memes take shots at cis-normativity, noting how, in this case, the gender binary sparked a literal disaster.
i will reveal a new gender every day until my demands are met
— very offline potat (@metapotat) September 8, 2020
— DJ EAR (@Huepow00) September 8, 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 have killed more people than Antifa.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) 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
Gender reveal extinction event
— pixelatedboat aka “mr tweets” (@pixelatedboat) September 7, 2020
The Wildfire Was Worth It For My Family And Friends To Know The Fetus Inside Me Has A Penis
— danielle weisberg (@danielleweisber) September 7, 2020
This gender reveal fire is cisheteronormative eco-terrorism
— Mandeaux ¯(°_o)/¯ (@geekneebobeanie) September 8, 2020
cis people throwing gender reveal parties be like "Its a girl!" pic.twitter.com/1z0MRHvYpk
— 🌸Onua Commissions Open🌸 (@OnuaUlt) September 8, 2020
Me at my baby's gender reveal party: pic.twitter.com/6HJYymhfBt
— Bran (@Bran_the_Onion) September 8, 2020
Gender reveal parties 2021 like pic.twitter.com/TmvPbI2D4Z
— Liv (@soft_galloglach) September 8, 2020