With the rise of social media fame, gender reveals have grown increasingly popular. And, more gender reveals means more failed ones, ranging from cringe-worthy to downright hilarious. From kids crying over unwanted results to painful party favor malfunctions, these gender reveal fails for 2020 will make these folks more infamous than famous.
We know this is intended to be a funny post, but the first one is the most obvious, and the worst: the gender reveal that sparked the El Dorado Fire in San Bernardino County.
While officials haven’t released surveillance footage of the incident due to ongoing investigations, they described the recording to CNN. In it, a couple and several children can be seen walking into the grass while another person appears to light a device. As the device ignites, the family could be seen “scrambling” and grabbing water bottles to try to stop the growing fire. Sadly, it wasn’t enough.
As of this writing, the fire is 66% contained and roughly 19,000 acres have burned. No charges have been filed against the family yet.
Tom and Kristin Cressotti wanted the reveal of their baby’s gender to be spectacular, so they bought smoke bombs designed to shoot 30 feet into the air. From the photo above, you can tell that it didn’t work out so well.
But this isn’t the only explosion to come from these events…
The Internet Explodes
When Tank the hippo was used in a gender reveal, the whole internet exploded claiming it was animal abuse.
Turns out, Capital of Texas Zoo officials knew the gender reveal was happening and helped facilitate it. Once the , the online screaming started, the zoo director came forward saying that feeding gelatin to zoo animals is not uncommon or harmful.
In a statement, mom Bridgitte Joseph talked about the couple’s fertility journey while assuring worried animal lovers that Tank, the gender reveal hippo, was fed a watermelon filled with safe, organic jello, and he “was more than happy to have the treat.”
Some people want to save money on their gender reveal, so they rig one up themselves. Huge mistake.
Pamela Kreimeyer, 56, died when the homemade explosive device, which was supposed to shoot colored powder in the air, instead exploded and a piece of metal struck Kreimeyer in the head, killing her instantly.
“This is a reminder that anytime someone mixes these things there is a high potential for serious injury or death,” Sheriff Jason Sandholdt said in its statement. “Please do not take these unnecessary risks.”
Another Risky Incidents
In Texas last September, expecting parents wanted to elevate their gender reveal — sky-high. The plane did the reveal by dumping approximately 350 gallons of pink water. However, the craft got too low, causing it to stall and crash upside down.
No one was seriously injured, which is fortunate, but surprising: a Federal Aviation Administration inspector reported that there were two people aboard the single-seat plane, which doesn’t meet regulations.
Moving on from risking life and limb, to cakes and kids gone wrong…
Crying Over Cake
While the gender of this reveal’s baby-to-be-born stayed no mystery, maybe it should have—considering his sister’s tearful reaction. All it took was halving the petit cake placed in front of her. What exactly about this gender reveal ignited such a tear-filled tantrum? The world may never know.
Balloon Bursting Bust
Not everybody can get behind the sound of a balloon popping. But what about the glitz and glam of glitter?
This little boy was less than thrilled after his family popped the gender reveal balloon right on top of him. Rather than celebrating, the boy cringed, screamed, and cried as the blue glitter fell and scattered onto his shoulders. Glamourous as glitter can be, this gender reveal proves that it is, sadly, not for everyone.
But wait… What if someone doesn’t WANT that baby…?
No Girls Allowed
Here’s one of the most dramatic gender reveal fails 2020!
This expecting family’s son made no effort to hide his feelings about the result of their gender reveal. As the balloon’s pieces of pink confetti made their way to the floor, he quickly followed suit. Upset that his newest sibling would be a girl, he expressed his anger by balling his hands into fists, violently pounding them on the floor, and repeatedly screaming “NO!” A perfectly successful gender reveal ruined by a tantrum caught on tape.
Only one of these two sisters was excited to learn their newest addition to the family would be a baby boy. While the girl pictured on the right was thrilled to see the blue frosting inside her cake, her sister on the left was reduced to tears. Even the cake in front of her couldn’t cheer her up.
Denial Ain’t Just a River
This expecting family’s daughter wasn’t the most ecstatic to see the results of her family’s gender reveal. In fact, she was at first in stubborn denial. “It’s a girl,” she insisted, though the blue Erlenmeyer flask in front of her suggests otherwise. Once she finally embraced the truth and accepted defeat, the tears began to flow.
Not everyone in this family thought the result of their gender reveal was celebration-worthy. With three sisters and one brother, this family’s only son was banking on the hope that their incoming baby would break the streak of girls and be his little brother. But the pink, cream-filled cupcake destroyed any last hopes he had. Knowing that he’d be sorely outnumbered, he couldn’t help but show his disappointment at the gender reveal.
Setting up a gender reveal is an important job. You’d just HATE it if they messed up…
These expecting parents were appalled and outraged to find out that the company in charge of their gender reveal forgot the most important part: the one balloon that reveals the baby’s gender. You can see the shock written all over the expectant mother’s face. Their guests, however, took the mistake a little more lightly, erupting in laughter. Despite the lightheartedness, the parents were far from pleased. They didn’t seem to find it very funny that their baby’s gender still remained a mystery.
Icing on the Cake
Looks like the baker behind this cake was torn between pink and blue for the color scheme. Too bad their indecision left the family who ordered it torn between what gender their baby was. While this may be another gender reveal fail, at least the cake looks delicious — everyone seemed to have a bite.
Wait, So… Which One Is It?
At first, these expecting parents released their powder poppers, which turned out to be pink. “It’s a girl!” those watching cheered in celebration.
But, shortly after, the family members next to them released their powder poppers, which were… blue? It didn’t take long for this gender reveal party to go from celebratory to confusing.
It’s a… What?
This family’s tasty gender reveal idea may have backfired. The two pepperoni pizzas they ordered definitely spell “It’s a,” but the word created on the final sausage pizza is completely indecipherable. Together, the three pizzas are supposed to say “It’s a boy.” Perhaps if you squint, you can see the word spelled out in sausage. A failed gender reveal, but a tasty one nonetheless.
For 2020, the gender reveal fail sometimes happens because the “reveal” just doesn’t want to cooperate…
This expecting family was going to discover their baby’s gender from bursting a balloon piñata style. Instead, the balloon they purchased had a mind of its own.
After taking a few hits back and forth, the balloon became unfastened from the ground and escapes. As it made its way toward the sky, family members quickly chased after it. But their efforts were futile.
Slam Dunk Fail
This expecting family decided to get a little creative with their gender reveal. The plan was for a relative to slam dunk on the hoop, causing the basketball to pop the balloon with the gender reveal confetti inside it. But nothing seems to go as planned. Not only did the balloon fail to pop, but the dunker destroyed the hoop in the process. It tipped over and hit the ground, shattering the backboard in the process.
Balloon of Steel
Along with the theme of malfunctioning party supplies, here’s one for the books: a balloon that refuses to pop. This man practically wrestles the gender reveal balloon in order to release the pink confetti trapped inside. Twice, he digs his fork into it, to no avail. Once he finally manages to pierce it, the balloon deflates floppily, with a fart-like noise to pair. An anti-climactic reveal at best, but hilarious nonetheless.
Here are people who caused some gender reveal fails in 2020…
An expecting mother had the idea to reveal her baby’s gender to her husband by getting a box of cupcakes delivered to his work. A sweet surprise, to say the least. But in the process of preparing for all of it, the “gender reveal” aspect got lost in the chain of communication.
So when her husband got the cupcakes, instead of looking for the colored cream center inside them, he thought it fun to try to stuff a whole one into his mouth. While he might’ve been successful, this gender reveal definitely wasn’t.
Nice Try, But…
Maybe picking a batter the exact same height as the batting tee wasn’t the greatest idea, Mom and Dad.
Shortly after their little one stepped up to the plate and swung, sending the ball flying with a trail of blue powder following closely behind it, he fell backward onto the pavement. Luckily, the boy seems okay for the most part, aside from some shed tears.
Third Time’s a Charm
This family was just about ready to give up, after seeing their son fail to hit the ball on the tee twice. The first time, he misses the ball and hits the batting stand, knocking it over on its side. The second time, he misses completely—leaving the ball and tee completely untouched.
“Just pitch it to him please,” a woman yells impatiently behind the camera. But on his third attempt, the boy knocks it out of the park, sending the ball flying with a trail of blue powder following closely behind it.
These are fun, but gender reveal fails can be terrifying, too.
This man prepared himself for the kick-off of his life. But you can never be too ready. Slip-ups happen all the time—literally. As this man braced himself for the kick-off, at the very last minute, he slipped and fell flat on his back. Ouch! A successful gender reveal, hence the blue powder, but at the expense of this man’s backside.
A Box Fail for the Books
There are way too many fails like these circulating all over the Internet, so we had to include one like it in this list. Too many times have couples used a box hanging from the ceiling for their gender reveal, only to have the entire contraption fall on top of them rather than just the confetti inside. Nevertheless, a clumsy gender reveal fail like this one will never get old.
None of these family members complained when the pink fireworks told them their baby on the way was going to be a girl. But soon after, this gender reveal took a dangerous turn—when the fireworks started shooting towards them. Quickly, all the family took cover. Fortunately, it seems like no one got hurt.
Hopefully this wasn’t foreshadowing anything about the soon-to-be-born little girl.
This woman had no idea what was coming for her. Excited to reveal the gender of her family’s newest member of the family, she put all her concentration into releasing the confetti baton in front of her. Little did she know, a pink powder bomb would be coming for her from above. Fail aside, pink might just be her color.
What happens when the disappointed is..?
Not What He Expected
Usually, it’s the children who act up after seeing the gender reveal result they didn’t want. But for this reveal, it was the father!
“Guns or glitter?” the box reads. The look of complete shock on his face when the pink glitter falls from it tells it all: he wanted a boy. Sorry, Dad. Better luck next time.
Toys, Not Boys
This expecting family’s son wasn’t necessarily unhappy with the gender reveal’s result. Rather, his dissatisfaction was aimed at what the gender reveal box contained. The look of disappointment is written all over his face.
“Yeah it’s just a balloon,” his dad tells him, “but you’re gonna have a baby brother!” Rather than celebrating, the boy just whined. “But Daddy, I want a toy!”
If pink means girl and blue means boy, what does green mean? Looks like this family forgot basic kindergarten color-mixing when they were baking their gender reveal cake. While the two sons stared at the bright green cake in confusion, their mother explained. “Mommy bought yellow cake mix so it’s blue,” she told them.
And, yes, some can be VERY painful…