Here at Parentology, we’ve reported on ridiculous or dangerous TikTok trends before, including the gender reveal and the milk crate challenge. Now, a new viral video shows what happens when you combine those two social media trends — and the results aren’t pretty.
NPR host Sam Sanders shared the clip to Twitter on August 26. In the video, a man is seen climbing up the familiar stack of crates from the recent viral sensation. However, in a twist on the popular challenge, the milk crates are surrounded by baby shower decorations.
Jesus take the wheel pic.twitter.com/xYFdvTwiYP— Sam Sanders (@samsanders) August 26, 2021
The man in the clip makes his way up the stack of crates slowly while holding a bowl in his hands. Anyone who has seen a milk crate challenge video knows what happens next. As the man falls, however, blue powder comes streaming out of the bowl — supposedly announcing the coming arrival of a baby boy.
Sanders’ tweet has since been liked over 5,000 times and retweeted over 400 times. It also prompted confused and dumbfounded reactions from around the web.
“I don’t understand the crates?! Was he trying to climb a gender mountain? So confused,” one commenter replied.
“The bar is really low out here,” another commenter said. “Let’s all pray for that little baby boy. RIGHT NOW.”
Spoiler: after the celebration they burnt down half of California with their gender explosion reveals.— Kelly Kearney🏳️🌈 (@LilMissAnthropy) August 26, 2021
“Dude has a broken back… but it’s a boy! I am sure glad these geniuses are raising kids,” said another.
Other commenters were highly skeptical that the clip is even genuine, with several pointing out that the supposed “mother” looks awfully pregnant for a gender reveal party.
“It’s gotta be [fake],” one commenter said. “You find out sex in the 12-week range from a blood test or around 20 weeks from an ultrasound. If that belly is real, it’s a 35+ week belly. It doesn’t add up.”
Still, this new variant of the milk crate challenge has medical professionals doubling down on the health risks. Orthopedic surgeon Shawn Anthony told the Washington Post that falling while performing the challenge is “perhaps even worse than falling from a ladder.”
Two horrible tastes that taste horrible together!— Daniel Summers, MD (@WFKARS) August 26, 2021
“It’s very difficult to brace yourself from the falls I’ve seen in these videos. They’re putting their joints at even higher risk for injury,” Anthony said.
Gender reveals have also garnered their share of controversy since becoming a social media trend. While they may seem harmless enough, the trend has resulted in everything from minor injuries to wildfires and death.