Note to Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham:
There are appropriate April Fool's Day jokes to make regarding pregnancy...
... and there are inappropriate April Fool's Day jokes to make regarding pregnancy.
Next time, ask The Hollywood Gossip for advice, okay?
On Sunday, the most controversial Bachelor-based couple of all-time stepped in scalding hot water when it joked that Burnham was expecting.
It wasn't just a mere, passing joke, either.
It can replete with an alleged baby bump photo and everything.
“Secrets finally out, we have a bunny in the oven! @laurenburnham91,” Arie wrote on Twitter alongside an image of a female, presumed to be his fiancee, clutching what looked like a baby bump.
See for yourself here:
Not even two hours later, however, Arie let followers in on his unoriginal joke.
APRIL FOOLS, he quickly Tweeted, barely even giving the prank time to go viral.
But it went viral enough, apparently, because plenty of Internet users found it incredibly offensive and insensitive -- and they let Arie and Lauren have it online.
“You both are disgusting," wrote one individual, adding:
"As someone who struggles with fertility and would love nothing more than to have a baby this is so offensive."
That was the basic theme of all the backlash; how Arie and Lauren turned a serious personal issue for millions of women into a source of parody.
"Come on. be better than that," another person wrote, explaining herself thusly:
"it’s not a joke for many struggling families to get pregnant, it’s extremely expensive and it’s heartbreaking. I wish nothing but the best for Arie and Lauren but this is not funny, it’s cruel."
Here's a look at a few similar opinions shared on social media about this topic:
Arie, of course, is no stranger to receiving hate over the Internet.
He selected a different woman from Lauren on the finale of The Bachelor this season, only to them dump her in the most dramatic fashion possible and then propose to Lauren a night after said finale aired.
It was bonkers!
And while some may think the reaction to their April Fool's Day prank was a bit over-the-top, it's understandable why so many people have simply had it with this couple.
They'd be best served to just remain silent for awhile.
Instead, they are in our face at all times with televised marriage talk and very bad jokes.
Nor do Arie and Lauren appear to be feel guilty about this distasteful Tweet, either.
Seemingly in response to the backlash, backlash, Arie shared the above photo of a recipe on his Instagram story and wrote;
“Sorry if you were offended, but we really are making a Dutch Baby.”
That's just painfully insincere and even more painfully unfunny.
We wonder now how fans will react when Lauren really does get pregnant, a development she expects to happen at some point with her lame fiance.
“We’re both very excited about marriage and starting a family,” Burnham previously told People Magazine.
“If we get lucky, maybe we’d have twins!” Arie said in this same interview.
And if we get lucky, maybe we'll never hear from Luyendyk again.