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YouTubers spark furious backlash after wedding and pregnancy prank backfires.


We've seen recently the staggering lengths people will go to in order to gain Instagram follows and YouTube likes. Take, for example, the guy who recently filmed himself kissing his half-sister as part of a bizarre prank to shock his 'fans'.
The stunt prompted a backlash, just as one by two teenage social media influencers has done this week. Danielle 'Dani' Cohn, 15, who has more than one million YouTube subscribers and over three million followers on Instagram and her 16-year-old boyfriend Mikey Tua is at the centre of the controversy, which saw them fake a wedding and a pregnancy. The pair uploaded a series of videos and photos online, showing themselves being 'married' by an Elvis impersonator in Vegas. They then claimed the reason they'd tied the knot was because Dani was pregnant and they filmed themselves talking about going for their first 'ultrasound'.However, in a pretend gender reveal video, the young Americans revealed to their bemused family and friends, as well as everyone watching at home, that the whole thing had just been an elaborate prank. They pop a balloon, releasing pink confetti, suggesting they were having a girl, but Dani tells everyone: "I'm not actually pregnant, ok?"
At the end of the video, the couple admitted they thought it would be "fun" to prank people but didn't "think it was going to go as far as it did".They also apologised to anyone who might be offended by their actions. Dani said: "Hey guys, thank you so much for watching this video, we hope you were all entertained by it. We didn't mean to offend anyone, if you got offended or if you looked at it in the wrong way, that's definitely not what we were trying to do, we were just trying to make a fun video, pranking our parents, pranking you guys."Mikey continued: "We do understand that we have a younger audience and teen pregnancy is something that we don't take lightly. These videos were for entertainment, I and Dani always prank each other and we wanted to prank you guys."Dani gets called pregnant all the time and that's why we did these videos, to give you guys something to talk about and give you guys the 'tea' or whatever."Despite their apology, the videos were met with furious backlash across social media. Many frustrated viewers slammed the couple, arguing that it wasn't funny to joke about pregnancy, as it's something many women struggle with. One person commented on Twitter: "So so so many women cannot have children or teenagers are homeless or in poverty due to teen pregnancy. Using this as a joke to get views is disgusting."Another wrote: "Girl the reality of how f***ed up this is really gonna hit you hard, if God forbid, you struggle with infertility one day."A third added: "I personally know a few teen mums who rooted for you because they know the REAL struggle of teen pregnancy, being kicked out, disowned, forced to abort it or forced to keep it. Faking being pregnant isn't cute."

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