Negative Baby Humor: Do You Find this Funny?

Photo of a baby doll inside a clear plastic bag-like contraption.

This product photo appears on the spoof bulletproofbaby.net site, but it’s actually a real gas mask called the Israeli Infant Protection System.

Bulletproofbaby.net is the latest in a long line of spoof web sites using negative humor to pitch its version of absurdity. As the name implies, the web site purports to sell heavy-duty baby gear.

Their line-up includes a riot helmet, flat jacket, bomb blanket, riot shield, bullet proof crib, Kevlar stroller, Taser, gas mask and camouflage clothing (jacket, bib, boots and dungarees).

Clicking on the shopping cart link for these products produces an "out of stock" blurb that suggests you buy an in-stock T-shirt from its Café Press page.

I’m curious what your reaction is to the following video clip. It features a mock test of a Kevlar-reinforced stroller. A baby is placed inside and then the stroller is peppered with automatic gunfire.


Is bulletproofbaby.net amusing? Laugh out loud funny? Disturbing? Outrageous? Were you raised around guns, or in a gun-free environment? Does having or not having a child influence your perspective? Does gender play a role?

I didn’t find the web site amusing, but I’m also difficult to offend, so I was mostly intrigued by the photos of fake products (although after finding the real gas mask pictured above, I wonder how many of the products were digital fakery versus based on the real deal).

[To clarify, the following products are real...] Camouflaged bibs sell today because they are "cute." Toy riot helmets are available for older kids. Baby gas masks have been around a long time. They existed in World War II, and today a couple versions are known as the Baby SCAPEhood and the Schmartaf Infant Protective Wrap (different name, but it’s the same one shown in the photo at top). Does seeing real infant gas masks change your opinion of bulletproofbaby.net?

Here are a few other negative humor baby web sites:

  1. BabyCage.net (housing option for infants)
  2. BabySmasher.com (restroom baby changing stations are really death traps)
  3. Drunkenbabies.com (photos)
  4. Nine Mouthed Baby Game (just weird)
  5. Carrababy bike bag as baby carrier (spoof, of course)
  6. BabyReview.com (sarcastic reviews of infants)
  7. EatBabies.com (recipes)
  8. Baby Bush Toys (OK, I laughed at this one, but it’s political humor, not anti-baby)

Comments

7 Responses to “Negative Baby Humor: Do You Find this Funny?”

  1. John says:

    Even though I’ve become more sensitive about such things now that I’m a Dad, this didn’t bother me. It was played up to be such a farce that it was unrealistic and the baby was fine and oblivious to the whole thing.

    August 13th, 2007 at 6:27 am

  2. Monique says:

    I was disturbed by it all and i am sensitive, i didn’t like watching the video clip of the mother firing at her baby. It’s not right, i don’t care what point they are trying to make, they should have used a doll. It’s all so negative and awful.

    August 13th, 2007 at 7:00 am

  3. Jennifer says:

    I don’t find the humor in the actual clips/sites. I’m nuetral on them. I find the humor in that I know someone out there wants all of these things and think that it’s all a great idea.

    August 13th, 2007 at 7:52 am

  4. Meira says:

    The bulletproofbaby site turns my stomach, but the babycage & the carrababy spoofs I’ve seen before and found rather funny.

    August 13th, 2007 at 8:05 am

  5. McAngryPants says:

    FUNNY…because it is so absurd. Lighten up folks. Not like they were advertising “Baby Butt Plugs.” hmmmm….

    August 15th, 2007 at 8:25 am

  6. Roberto says:

    I am definately purchasing a Lil’ Looming Disaster Pillow.

    August 15th, 2007 at 3:07 pm

  7. allorsomething says:

    I too had a hard time watching that video, But..i also think these products are a witty play on the future. Maybe this is what it will come too, having to protect our children because of the toxins in our air or worse, a state of heightened war

    November 15th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

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