PARENTS IN TROUBLE OVER HEARTLESS APRIL FOOL PRANK ON CHILD
A popular YOUTUBE couple decided to play an April Fools’ Day prank on their young daughter, but the video — which shows the parents breaking the news that they’re giving away the family dog — has landed the stars in the Trouble with their followers.
Cole and Savannah LaBrant have amassed more than 8.7 million followers on their YouTube channel, The LaBrant Fam, where they chronicle their lighthearted day-to-day lives. More often than not, their videos also star 6-year-old Everleigh — Savannah’s daughter from a previous relationship — as well as the couple’s infant daughter, Posie, and the family’s tiny Pomeranian dog, Carl.
On Monday, April 1, the Labrant Fam channel posted a video called “We Have To Give Our Puppy Away … Saying Goodbye Forever.” About halfway through the 14-minute video, the family is lounging on the sofa, and Everleigh is shown with her head buried in a pillow.
We just had to inform her of some bad news and sad news that she didn’t know about,” says Cole to the camera. “And we kind of thought that she already knew, but we hadn’t told her. And Savannah told her the sad news.” The mom and stepdad then feign concern, asking the girl, “You OK? What’s the matter?”
Cole then prompts Everleigh to announce the sad news to viewers, but the clearly distraught little girl shakes her head and chooses to stay quiet. So Savannah steps in to say, “So we have kind of been discussing Carl lately. There’s a few reasons for why we are doing what we’re doing.” The mom goes on to list three key reasons the family is selling the dog.
“Basically, we’re giving Carl away to somebody else because we feel like we can’t take good enough care of him at our house. We’re always gone. We’re always filming,” Savannah says. “Second, he pees all over our house all the time. We had to leave for like eight hours at a time once, and he’ll just poop and pee all over the place.”
The third reason, Savannah explained, is that the fenced-in yard in the family’s new home is too big for tiny Carl. “We feel like he would just get lost in our yard,” she says.
Then, Cole continues to taunt the girl by putting her in charge of choosing a new family for the dog. “We’re gonna let her give him away to whoever she wants,” he says. “Who do you want to give him away to?” But Everleigh, clutching the fluffy white pooch and wearing a heartbreakingly sad expression, doesn’t say a word.
That’s when the parents pull the plug on the prank. “So, also, the last thing that we wanted to tell you is that tomorrow is April Fools’,” Cole says. “And this is our April Fools’ video,” Savannah adds with a smile. But instead of laughing it off, the girl bursts into tears and takes a few minutes to recover.
“We didn’t think Everleigh would be this sad about it,” the parents wrote on their YouTube channel. “Too far?” Cole then asks viewers.
The backlash was so strong that the LaBrant Fam has now disabled comments on all of their videos. But fans and non-fans alike are taking to social media to slam the “sadistic” prank.