People on Twitter are calling out "harmful" pregnancy April Fools jokes

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
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From Cosmopolitan

I'm not quite sure how we got here, but it's 1 April - so we're simultaneously welcoming in a fresh new month and a whole host of April Fools jokes. As the tradition goes, we're all entitled to prank friends and family to our heart's content until midday, and no-one can get wound up about it because, hey!, it's 1 April!

Except, sometimes, the jokes can go too far - and this year people are making an important point of it over on Twitter. When extremely delicate issues - like pregnancy, sexuality, infidelity and more - become the punchline of pranks on people who are actually affected by them, they instantly lose any lol-value and instead just make everyone involved uncomfortable.

Malin Andersson, who features on Cosmopolitan's 2021 Positivity Index, summed up her thoughts in an impactful tweet: "April fools is approaching so please don’t lie about being pregnant please," she wrote.

In January 2019, Malin's four-week-old baby daughter, Consy, died after being born prematurely. While people might be aware of Malin's experience, and the sensitivity that surrounds pregnancy and motherhood for her, it's a reminder that you don't necessarily know what's going for other people.

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Miscarriage and baby loss is more common than you might think - and that's because it's often still treated as a taboo, meaning people don't always open up when it's happened to them. Now imagine you April Fool a friend, telling her that you're pregnant when you're not, and you go on to find out she has suffered this kind of pain. It's going to feel pretty tactless, isn't it.

Malin isn't the only one who's spoken out on Twitter about the insensitivity of some April Fools jokes, either. Numerous tweets along similar lines have garnered thousands of likes and retweets, labelling some pranks as "harmful," and reinforcing the point that this year and going forward, we really need to think about the stuff we're joking around with.

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Cling film over the toilet seat? Totally fine. Falsely coming out to someone? Not so much. It's as simple as that.

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