Arie Luyendyk Jr. wasn’t popular after his unprecedented Bachelor finale, and he’s once again facing backlash online. Arie joked that Lauren Burnham was pregnant on April Fools’ Day, and plenty of people weren’t happy about the prank. On Sunday, Arie posted a photo of on Twitter and his Instagram story of Lauren pretending to have a baby bump. He wrote: “Secrets finally out, we have a bunny in the oven!” and tagged Lauren in the post. A little over an hour later, he tweeted “APRIL FOOLS!” The couple was criticized for the joke online, as people on social media felt the joke was insensitive to those who have fertility struggles.
UPDATE: On Monday, Arie posted an apology for the April Fools’ prank on Twitter. He wrote, “I do have sympathy for women struggling from infertility. My April Fools prank was in no way meant to offend women who struggle with that. I apologize if you were effected personally by my post.”
EARLIER: On Twitter, fans responded to the picture, saying it was in bad taste and explaining why it could be offensive. Many users noted that there are couples who have difficulty conceiving, and that the post was insensitive to this struggle. On Twitter, one fan pointed out that there was another more appropriate joke the couple could have made: “Shame on y’all for this. So many women are trying everything they can to conceive and then you joke about this? It’s just really in poor taste. A ‘we eloped’ photo would have been much more appropriate.”
Another person on Twitter urged the couple to consider how expensive and frustrating fertility treatments are for couples trying to get pregnant. They wrote: “come on. be better than that. it’s not a joke for many struggling families to get pregnant, it’s extremely…