Is your presence enough as a gift to attend a baby shower? According to a baby shower video that has gone viral on social media, the answer to that question is no.
Now let me be very clear; The following video clip that I’m about to show is one of those videos that has been fully staged for clicks and views.
And — much like the McDonald’s baby mom drama video that went viral a few months ago — while these internet clips may be “fake,” the debate and hurt feelings they stir up are very real. So let’s get to the visual.
So the video is from the official Instagram account of Early and Tia Walker – a couple who describe themselves as digital creators and also have a morning radio show based in Chicago.
In the middle of their baby shower, Tia and Early head to the DJ booth to make a “special announcement” to all the guests in attendance. Early thanked everyone for showing up to celebrate and recognize those who played a role in organizing their special event.
Then Tia grabbed the mic to make her own announcement to her guests; told the crowd that the shower “reminded them of their wedding day,” given that there were people who attended even though they didn’t bring a gift.
Everyone in the crowd laughed heartily, but Tia didn’t smile.
She told the crowd that anyone who didn’t bring a gift to the baby shower could get up and leave – and prompted another woman standing nearby to grab the mic and say that Tia didn’t mean what she said.
But Tia grabbed the mic and reiterated that she definitely meant it.
If you didn’t bring a gift, you can get up and leave. I said what I said.
They could see the room getting agitated as cameras zoomed in on some guests who looked like they’d turned up empty-handed.
The DJ invited those who didn’t bring a gift to head to the nearest exit before the video ended, but that was just the start of a conversation that started online, with people debating Tia’s decision to kick out anyone who didn’t join a present appeared.
While some people said they understood where she was coming from, others said people who showed up empty-handed might not have been paid yet.
One commenter called the move “sticky.”
A common message came from many mothers saying that the true gifts are not the material gifts.
Another commenter said she ruined the “vibe” at her party and embarrassed her husband in the process.
Someone mentioned that she should have invited guests based on the likelihood that they would bring a gift if that was her end goal.
But don’t take it the wrong way, there were a ton of people standing up and applauding Tia’s message, saying that people who showed up without a present were a waste of money for the parents who threw the baby shower.
After lots of opinions, disagreements, hot takes, and everything in between, Tia and Early let their followers know that the video was just a skit and said their goal was to start a conversation.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with healthy debate or conversation, but I’m curious what you think of these videos and how you feel about having to bring a gift to baby showers, weddings, or whatever gift is expected.
Personally, I’m a big fan of sending a gift in lieu of my presence depending on who is sending the invite – but that’s just me.
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