Laughing while crying tears of sadness seems to be the name of the game in 2020. Americans are battling the intense wildfires that are ravaging the West Coast, turning the sky red, and forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. Meanwhile, internet users have been mercilessly poking fun at gender reveal parties after one such event led to the outbreak of a massive fire in Southern California. The El Dorado Fire started because of a pyrotechnic device on September 5 and has since then burned over 13.5k acres of land.

Scroll down, upvote your fave memes, and let us know what you think of them and gender reveal parties in the comments. And if you’re currently somewhere on the West Coast, stay safe, dear Pandas!

Bored Panda spoke about the El Dorado fire with Joe Wadlington who is in San Francisco right now and created one of the gender reveal memes. He said that nobody should be playing around with pyrotechnic devices, explosives, or fireworks during wildfire season in California because the consequences can be massive. "Gender reveal parties are already toxic and unnecessary. Now people are starting wildfires. I'm in San Francisco right now and it's slowly raining ash outside my window." Read on for the rest of his insights. Bored Panda also reached out to 'Know Your Meme's' Senior Editor Matt Schimkowitz to hear his take on gender reveal memes. Check out what he had to say below as well.

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 month ago

As it should be.

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Mark Serbian
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1 month ago

That would be the BEST outcome!

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Tabitha L
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1 month ago

Excellent parenting!!

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According to 'Know Your Meme's' very own Matt, he personally finds the gender reveal memes funny. "It's an easy format that people are getting a lot of mileage from. Do I think that it's necessary to shame them? I'm not in the business of determining something like that. But it's hard to feel sympathy for the couple, especially for someone like me living in California who spent the weekend indoors because the air quality is so poor. And I’m lucky. Lives are being ruined by these fires. People are being displaced. Some are dying."

Matt doesn't think that the memes will help people become more aware of the potential damage they can cause, but they might sway public opinion about gender reveal parties. "I think that that public's perception about gender reveals might shift. With so many people publicly mocking them at the moment, some might be a little more apprehensive to throw one," he said.

"On some level, news and current events drive memes. They allow people to express their fears, hopes, and feelings on everyday life. The California fires are inspiring some memes this week, but with so much going on in the world, it's hard to tell if that will continue. Last year, the Australian bush fires, a major tragedy in their own right, drove news stories and memes. Flint, Michigan's water crisis is an ongoing tragedy that inspired its fair share of memes, but if the news doesn't keep that at the forefront of people's minds, people tend to move on to the next disaster."

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 month ago

Again, as it should be.

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Sabrina Fisher
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1 month ago

Its the guy on the right for me

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Sabrina Fisher
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1 month ago

This is why nobody liked the Trex... they were so over the top

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Meanwhile, Joe told us what inspired him to create his own gender reveal meme about the Hindenburg disaster. "I thought through well-known historical disasters that had a recognizable image and had been completely preventable. I wanted to alight gender reveal parties with something else that’s embarrassing and was unnecessary. Because they are embarrassing and unnecessary and could mark our time as lack critical thought," he said.

"People shouldn’t have gender reveal parties. They encourage the toxic ways we’ve socialized gender. You should raise your baby to be a healthy baby, not like a 'little cheerleader' vs. a 'little football player,' Joe shared his opinion.

"Having a gender reveal party implies that the parents are going to raise their child very differently depending on what gender the kid is assigned at birth. I’m sure most of us can think of a time we wish our own parents hadn’t forced us into a specific thing just because boys or girls are 'supposed to do it.' If you want to tell people about your baby’s anatomy, that’s fine. But it shouldn’t be the most important thing about them. Why would we pass that close minded binary down to the next generation?"

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InstantRamenGuy
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1 month ago

This is inaccurate, as America is doing literally nothing to combat covid-19, and is definitely not wearing armor.

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SoozeeQ
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1 month ago

Too soon. :oÞ

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Steve Barnett
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1 month ago

A vespiary. It's yellow, it's black, no yellow, wait...what the fudging sex is it!

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The fire began during a family photoshoot at El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, around 70 miles east of Los Angeles, after a smoke device ignited the nearby brush. Since then, the fire has spread, and only around a third of it has been contained as of September 10.

“In my 30 years as a citizen in Yucaipa, I have never seen such a large fire. As a retired firefighter with 32 years of experience, I can assure you I witnessed one of the most dangerous fires that we can have in this area,” said Yucaipa Mayor David Avila.

The sad thing is, this isn’t the only gender reveal party to have started a fire. Back in 2017, a party in Arizona led to a wildfire that razed 47k acres after a man shot an explosive substance at a target. He was ordered to repay around 8 million dollars in damages.

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 month ago

Let alone feeling like it’s perfectly fine to set off those explosives in a dry wooded area during a drought.

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Bob Belcher
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1 month ago (edited)

By using condoms, a PSA brought to you by Trojan Man.

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Tiger Pearl
Community Member
1 month ago

Great idea on one-upping the wildfire reveal! 🤭

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At the time of writing, there were more than 100 wildfires rampaging through 12 western US states currently, as reported by the BBC. The National Interagency Fire Center states that 4.4 million acres of land have been burned.

California, Oregon, and Washington have been affected the hardest. At least 15 people have died from wildfires in these three states and 500k Oregonians are leaving their homes behind and evacuating to safety.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

The BLM protesters didn't destroy properties, but looters and crooks did.

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Bob Belcher
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1 month ago

Must have been twins.

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Sabrina Fisher
Community Member
1 month ago

I mean.... it would be less harmful

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DforDorothy
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1 month ago

mmm...I'm no physicist, but a hole rather would represent a girl.../:)

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Luna Lovebug
Community Member
1 month ago

Plot twist: And then the boy coming out as transgender to his parents. Why do we even do this? What's the point. Yay, it's a baby. Let's hope it's healthy and grows up to be happy. Isn't that all that matters in the end?

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 month ago

We have a more general meme American-a...2aa1c1.jpg American-act-stupid-1600-5f5b9a02aa1c1.jpg

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lara
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1 month ago

Anyone who has a gender reveal party will give birth to a rhino.

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Ben RedCatCity
Community Member
1 month ago

As an European, I find really singular how a lot of Americans, whatever they live, love or do feel "obligated" to make a show of it. I got the feeling that it must be hard to live in a culture where an individual is pushed to be in the constant representation of it own self. Tears of compassion.

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My O My
Community Member
1 month ago

I loughed way to hard at this

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Awangutann
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1 month ago

those boys definitely put in effort as seen from their faces

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Torchicachu
Community Member
1 month ago

i wonder how thats gonna turn out. they show up to school and was like "hey im the kid that basically killed your cousins and friends. nice to meet you!"

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Daniel Lewis
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1 month ago

Does purple mean you are having a baby that is bisexual?

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Kate Yeti
Community Member
1 month ago

Honestly, most of us think these parties are pretty stupid too.

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lara
Community Member
1 month ago

Why gender reveal parties? Because most of the people born after 1980 NEVER grew the hell up.

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Popcorn Colonel
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1 month ago

This is amazing! Two memes in one!

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Katy McMouse
Community Member
1 month ago

O.k., I'm only part way through yet I've laughed so hard my head is killing me. Thank God this useless trend is finally going up in smoke.

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Sabrina Fisher
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe dye the inside of a cake instead of burning down half the state?

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Awangutann
Community Member
1 month ago

boy or girl?

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Isabella Vega
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1 month ago

As evidenced by the blue flames...oy

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm sure that as the fires are raging, there are American moms planning another gender reveal party with loads of fireworks and explosions and hundreds of plastic balloons so more animals will die.

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averageperson
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1 month ago

Guy has some photoshop skills!

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Leslie Burleson
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1 month ago

I just spit out my drink

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people chan
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1 month ago

private scares me

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bryguy
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1 month ago

It's an Elmo!

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Firework
Community Member
1 month ago

Why are people blaming the kid now? It's the parents that used explosives.

Kaylah Evans
Community Member
1 month ago

The parents are going to pass on their stupid genes. People who are dumb enough to plant an explosive device in a field full of dead tall grass should not be reproducing.

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Nameless 4
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1 month ago

What movie is that?

Shantelle Stratford
Community Member
1 month ago

Problem Child

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Joyce Berman
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1 month ago

I don't blame the child. I only hope that the child has better sense than his/her parents, but this one did make me lol.

Gyan Ranjan Pruthal
Community Member
1 month ago

The kid looks like a young Jason Sudekis.

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Awangutann
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1 month ago

more purple.

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kaci
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1 month ago

its just a joke

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François Carré
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1 month ago

The most essential piece of the pack being the Karen haircut, obviously.

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François Carré
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1 month ago

Pretty memorable party I'd say.

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Arenite
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1 month ago

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Wait, you mean there’s a GIRL in LOTR?

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Monika Soffronow
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1 month ago (edited)

@Andrew: This is how you can comment/reply to a comment with many downvotes. Just don't use pejorative adjectives about the posters, please. This site, as all sites, is only as civilized as we users make it.

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Chicago Dog Lover
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1 month ago

Cousin sent a photo from 20 mi away. The sky was orange and everything was covered with soot. Terrifying!

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lara
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1 month ago

Most Americans be like "this is stupid."

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