YouTubers Criticized for Pretending to Get Rid of 6-Year-Old Daughter’s Puppy

April 3, 2019

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YouTubers Cole and Savannah LaBrant are facing backlash after pranking their 6-year-old daughter Everleigh by telling her they were giving her puppy away. BuzzFeed reports that the couple posted a video on their YouTube channel on April Fools’ Day, called “We Have to Give Our Puppy Away... Saying Goodbye Forever.” About seven minutes into the video, the camera cuts to Everleigh lying facedown on the couch and crying, reacting to what Cole calls “sad news.” The couple then proceeds to explain all the reasons they are giving the dog away--before proclaiming, “April Fools!” Despite Savannah tellings viewers at the end of the video that Everleigh is “OK,” critics were quick to call out the prank as cruel. “They also traumatized a young child by saying their giving him away,” one person wrote. A second person added, “You[r> April Fools’ video is textbook emotional and psychological abuse.”