If you thought gender reveals were bad, these NFL fans managed to take toxic masculinity to a whole new level
This year has undoubtedly been the year of the gender reveal party, but the question remains, with the new decade ahead, what will succeed it?
The straights are putting their thinking caps on, however, as a father and who appears to be his father-in-law have come up with something dubbed “worse than a gender reveal” by Twitter.
The two men were photographed at a National Football League game between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans yesterday.
‘This is why God has abandoned us’.
The father-in-law, on the left, holds up a sign reading: “If the Patients beat the Texans tonight, I get to name my first grandson… Tom Brady.”
Brady is the quarterback of the Patriots.
computer, find me something worse than a gender reveal pic.twitter.com/j5yT44M8hn
— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) December 2, 2019
While the expectant dad cheerfully wields a sign that read: “If the Texans beat the Patriots tonight, I get to name my own son.”
Going viral both on Twitter and on the subreddit ‘Are The Straights OK’, the picture has become a lightning rod for everything wrong with the notion of toxic masculinity, users have comically argued.
As players took to NRG Stadium in Houston, the Texans ultimately built a sturdy lead and hung on to win, 28-22.
As a result, the child will be named by their father. We can only imagine his relief, to be fair.
Tallying nearly 1,000 retweets and more than 8,900 likes, the tweet became a gathering of perplexed users curious how this arrangement even first came to be:
This is why God has abandoned us https://t.co/ZFaTQgxCmJ
— Daniel (@danielgaray___) December 2, 2019
Computer, show me an image that is going to be easy to photoshop into a hundred different memes
— GadgetGav (@GadgetGav) December 2, 2019
If he didn’t punch his father in the face immediately for suggesting nine months of body-shattering labor should come down to the outcome of a football game, then he’s exactly like pretty much most men https://t.co/gbFqKzhZsC
— Avg Podcast Listener (@GhostVindaloo) December 2, 2019
I hope the game ends in a tie and the baby turns out to be a girl.
— see schrader (@Deers1) December 2, 2019
And here I present evidence #2986 that football fans are the worse humans and that the sport should be ended. https://t.co/POSP928gfx
— Zach D Roberts (@zdroberts) December 3, 2019
I made the weirdest noise when I saw this image. Like, halfway between a scoff and a yelp, but phlegmier.
— Parsifalhausen Seere (@parsifal_seere) December 2, 2019
Thank god they lost!!!!! https://t.co/TKMRnCkyPT
— Pierce Skinner (@RPSkinner56) December 2, 2019
What are gender reveal parties?
Gender reveal parties – in which expectant parents reveal the genitals of a foetus to their friends and family – have been widely ridiculed as examples of ‘straight culture’.
The parties often ignore the fact that there are more than two genders, and gender exists on a spectrum.
Moreover, the parties aren’t exactly centuries-old traditions.
The earliest reveal dated only as far as 2008, when lifestyle blogger Jenna Karvunidis revealed the gender of her unborn child via two coloured cupcake.
Cupcakes are pretty tame in comparison to today’s hippo-sized standards, and Karvunidis has since admitted she has “mixed feelings” about her legacy.