Yes, it’s a little mean. But it’s also hilarious, so go ahead and laugh
Warning: Don’t watch the videos below unless you’re ready to actually LOL, and then immediately feel terrible for doing it.
In a super viral Facebook post that’s been shared over a million times, mom-of-four Jessica Mags scares the ever-loving shit out of her adorable kid with a toy that looks to be straight from the bowels of hell. First it’s a sweet looking plush unicorn, but once you squeeze it, it turns into a demon doll with glaring eyes and a mouthful of jagged teeth. Observe:
If there’s any reason for this to exist other than to traumatize children, we’re not sure what it might be. And honestly, based on Mags’ next video, that’s a perfectly acceptable use for it.
In the video, Mags shows the toy to her toddler, who looks delighted, smiling, cooing and reaching for it. “He’s cute?” you can hear Mags ask from behind the camera, to which her son responds with an enthusiastic, “Yes!” Then Mags gives the doll a squeeze, and you see the kid’s face abruptly turn to one of complete and utter horror. It’s so bad to laugh at this, but we cannot stop laughing. Sorry, not sorry.
If it helps, Mags herself found this as hilarious as you do. She captioned the video “Can’t. Stop. Watching.” with a bunch of cry-laughing emojis.
Listen, we know the mommy shamers are gonna be out in full force, talking about how mean and traumatizing this is, and how Mags is a terrible parent, and how we’re all terrible people for seeing the humor in this. There’s definitely plenty of that in the video’s more than 300,000 comments. But kids get scared all the time, and you have to admit, his terrified face is just so cute and hilarious. Also, Mags wrote in her post that there was no long-lasting emotional scarring that she could see.
“He’s fine btw,” she wrote. “He’s asking to watch the video and is laughing at it.”
No harm, no foul, right? Just proceed at your own risk if you’re going to try this on your own kids. Results (and future therapy bills) may vary.