The (arguably) most disliked Bachelor isn't going away anytime soon, and he just made an April Fools' joke that did not make him any more popular with the Internet. On Sunday (April Fools'), Arie Luyendyk Jr. posted a photo of fiancée Lauren Burnham wearing what appears to be a baby bump. "Secrets finally out, we have a bunny in the oven! @laurenburnham91," he wrote. An hour later, he followed up with the least unexpected reveal of all-time, replying "APRIL FOOLS!" to his own tweet.
If the replies to Arie's joke are any indication, the backlash is almost as bad as the morning after The Bachelor finale, when people sent Becca Kufrin wine money on Venmo accompanied by some brutal digs at Arie. Many Twitter users are now finding his April Fools' prank distasteful, calling it a cruel and insensitive joke at the expense of people who have experienced miscarriages or infertility.
"So distasteful. You thought the world was against you before. You just poured gas on that fire. Hopefully you two don’t have to struggle with this [issue] so many women face each day," wrote one user, who attached a photo saying, "[One] in [eight] of your friends struggle to get pregnant. [One] in [four] of your friends has lost a baby. Pregnancy is not an April [Fools'] joke."
"That is THE worst thing to joke about when so many people are unable to conceive or have miscarried," another user added. "And I thankfully am not one of those people...as I have an [eight-week-old] baby. But I know so many who have struggled with it. There are so many other things you could have done for an April [Fools'] joke."
After facing all the outrage, however, Arie did not appear to back down. He later took to his Instagram story with a picture of a recipe, according to People. “Sorry if you were offended, but we really are making a Dutch Baby," he wrote.
The joke is doubly questionable because, according to People, the couple has already started talking about family planning. “We’re both very excited about marriage and starting a family,” Lauren Burnham previously told the outlet, while Arie added that he wants two to four kids. “If we get lucky, maybe we’d have twins!” he said.