Fans are excited that Catelynn Lowell is preparing to welcome a new baby girl with Tyler Baltierra.
Others, however, worry that Catelynn needs to be a better mother to the kids they’ve already had.
We are talking, of course, about Carly, but don’t worry – nobody’s adoption-shaming.
Instead, we ask … why did Catelynn share a link that seemed to suggest that Carly died?
The Teen Mom OG star shared an Instagram Story that immediately had major alarm bells ringing among followers.
Alongside a series of photos read the caption:
"Devastating news about Carly."
Sure makes it sound like something happened to her, right? Followers were baited to click to learn more.
Carly is, we of course want to emphasize, alive.
It would be awfully twisted for a mother to share clickbait of her child’s death in her Instagram Stories.
It is, fans say, somehow worse for that to be shared when it’s untrue, when the link is misleading.
A number of Teen Mom fans took to Reddit to rake Catelynn across the coals.
"More disgusting clickbait from clickbait Cate," the thread was titled.
As you can imagine, that truly set the tone for all that followed.
One simply decided that the Instagram Story promo, whatever its motivation or the story behind it, was "gross."
Another wrote: "This is so sick. Grow the f–k up and respect Carly’s privacy. This makes me so angry."
A comment questioned: "I don’t understand how this is even legal for her to do at this point."
Commenters observed that this is "in bad taste" but that there’s nothing truly wrong with it.
Nor is it against any terms and conditions of various social platforms.
But legal isn’t really the the standard for how you treat a child.
"That’s weird," another commenter decreed.
"Even if she’s not the one who made it," the commenter allowed. That same person continued:
"She should have boundaries shows how much she really cares about carly."
"Like, at what point do you stop selling your integrity… jfc," one scolded.
"This so so effed up," another declared.
That same commenter then asked:
"Do they realize or care that Carly is a person?"
"Yuck. I’ve never seen Carly since their 16 & Pregnant episode and that’s how it should have been," one wrote.
"They act like they just lovingly handed her off just until they got themselves together," another observed.
"And," they continued, "are shocked when that’s definitely not the case."
"And have the audacity to make clickbait about her??" that same commenter asked.
That commenter concluded: "Screw them."
Meanwhile, another asked: "Is a bit of respect for Carly too much to ask?"
It’s true, as commenters suggested, that Catelynn may not be the one who made or even posted that.
Did she post this? Does she know it was posted?
Only Cate can say for sure.
But it might be worth asking what the benefit is to posting this sort of thing, and if it’s worth the risk.
That way, she can avoid crossing a line (even unknowingly) in the future if she doesn’t want to.
As for the readers?
Well, titles tell people very little. Especially those that tell you to click on a link to learn something.
Informing readers is the job of any article.
If someone chooses to make up their own article contents with their imagination instead of reading?
Well, that’s on them.