April Fool’s Day is a day where a lot of otherwise not funny people suddenly think they’re comedians, and it is why I try to stay off social media every April 1st. No person better exemplifies this phenomenon than Arie Luyendyk Jr., a person whose vocabulary barely extends beyond the phrase “I love that”, and whose only joke was his attempt to convince America he’d choose a brunette as a wife. Our least favorite Bachelor tried to do what many ill-advised people before him have done and make a joke on social media, and Arie’s April Fool’s prank backfired pretty spectacularly. Note to Arie: Leave the jokes to funny people, like me.
So what did Arie do? I randomly checked his Instagram story yesterday and saw that he posted a picture of a baby bump and wrote, “Secret is finally out we have a bunny in the oven” and tagged Lauren in it. It was followed by another slide that simply said “April Fools”. My immediate thought upon viewing the stories was, “Oh, here we go,” and sure enough, the backlash was swift.
People were pissed, and it’s not for the reasons you probably think. They were not upset because the phrase is decidedly “a bun in the oven” and everybody in the English-speaking world should know that. (Then again, when we’re talking about someone who has barely spoken more than three words, this is perhaps to be forgiven.) They were also not, as I was, incensed at the thought of these two idiots reproducing. No, predictably, people were mad that Arie and Lauren dared joke about being pregnant when there are real people in the world who are struggling to get pregnant and who cannot get pregnant. I’ve found this one tweet that pretty succinctly sums up the outrage:
So distasteful. You thought the world was against you before. You just poured gas on that fire. Hopefully you two don’t have to struggle with this issues so many women face each day. pic.twitter.com/VbwaOGdJh8
— Brooke Brooks (@TheBrookeBrooks) April 1, 2018
I will spare you a “people are way too easily offended” take, and instead posit that people are mad for the totally wrong reason. This is Arie Luyendyk Jr. we’re dealing with here. The man does not exactly have a good track record of sensitivity about pregnancy, and this isn’t even close to the worst thing he’s done! If you’ll recall, one of Arie’s ex-girlfriends suffered a miscarriage, and Arie not only talked about it on The Bachelor (during a date with Lauren B), but he also allegedly lied about the way he found out. On camera! (He claimed he got a call about it while traveling for work, his ex claimed he was at the doctor with her when she found out.) He was also accused of talking about his ex’s miscarriage in order to garner sympathy from Lauren, which is extremely fucked up—not only to reveal someone’s very private and personal issues without their knowledge or permission before a national audience, but to seemingly do it for an agenda. Nobody talked about that when it happened, but we’re all up in arms because he made the same April Fool’s joke every teenager looking to piss off their dad has been making since 2009? Ok. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for hating Arie, but I feel like we should be doing it for the right reasons, ya know?
Arie then followed up his prank with another Instagram story. At that point, he probably just should have quit while he was behind, but I guess that’s never been his motto, as evidence by his accepting the Bachelor gig five years after his failed proposal to Emily Maynard.
This is a classic non-apology, and honestly, it may be the most I’ve ever liked Arie. Anyway, that’s pretty much all there is to this story, and I bet that everybody who took issue with Arie’s April Fool’s prank will find themselves mysteriously blocked from his Twitter.
Images: Arie Luyendyk Jr. / Instagram (2); Brooke Brooks / Twitter