All she did was have a cake made with pink frosting to show she was expecting a little girl. Never in her wildest dreams did Jenna Karvunidis imagine her viral blog post would spark a global trend that has literally exploded in some cases.
Now she’s fuming at the fact that gender reveal parties have gotten out of hand. In the most recent instance, a devastating wildfire in California in the US was as a result of a reveal party. It was confirmed that a “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device” used at the party set off the El Dorado fire in San Bernardino County in which more than 10 4000 hectares were destroyed.
California has been in the grip of wildfires in recent weeks, with two of the blazes being some of the biggest in the state's history, Daily Mail reports.
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In a Facebook post on Monday Jenna asked people to stop having these “stupid” gender reveal parties.
“Oh my god, NO. The fire that evacuated parts of California is from a GENDER REVEAL PARTY. Stop it. Stop having these stupid parties. For the love of God, stop burning things down to tell everyone about your kid's penis. No one cares but you [sic],” she posted.
The mom-of-three called the need to use pyrotechnics “toxic masculinity” when she compared the big difference between their actions and her gender reveal 12 years ago. “Toxic masculinity is men thinking they need to explode something because simply enjoying a baby party is for sissies.”
In 2008 Jenna shared a picture of her gender-reveal cake unveiling pink frosting on her blog, High Gloss and Sauce.
She says since her recent post she has been getting a lot of flak.
“Oh, and of course I'm getting hate messages. Excuse me for having a cake for my family in 2008. Just because I'm the gender-reveal inventor doesn't mean I think people should burn down their communities,” she says.
This is not the first time that the obsession with turning the gender of your baby into an explosive spectacle has gone terribly wrong.
In April 2017 a man in Green Valley, Arizona in the US, started a massive wildfire that caused damages of more than $8 million. According to the Arizona Daily Star, it took more than 800 firefighters to extinguish the fire after the man shot a target containing an explosive substance meant to reveal the pink or blue powder.
In April 2018 a car in Australia was engulfed in flames in an attempt to reveal the baby’s gender. According to the Washington Post, the car went up in flames after the driver of the car attempted to do a “burnout” stunt, which was meant to reveal the gender by the colour of the smoke. Luckily no one was injured.
In October 2019 Pamela Kreimeyer was killed in Iowa in the US after being hit in the head by a piece of metal from an explosive device that relatives built, which was designed to throw out either pink or blue powder.