The viral throw-cheese-at-your-baby’s head trend is really scraping the bottom of the prank barrel. It involves just what it sounds like: you take a slice of American cheese and toss it at your baby’s face, all while recording the baby’s reaction. On the one hand, no one is arguing that cheese isn’t great, but on the other, seems a little bit like lowkey child abuse, right? Like, why would you want to throw anything at your baby? Are people this bored with life?
Anyway, here are some examples of babies being “cheesed.” Well, at least no one’s making them drink Smirnoff Ice like that “getting Iced” viral prank from years ago.
— bailey gottschalk (@bgottschalkk) March 4, 2019
I tried… and failed????????♀️ pic.twitter.com/eapLATjo2W
— Dina Benitez (@__dinasaurr) February 28, 2019
— kat ???? (@ksteinmann1) March 4, 2019
As you can imagine, not everyone is a fan of the prank. People have tweeted that it’s kind of “bullying” behavior.
— Sean P. Doyle (@Sean_P_Doyle) March 3, 2019
This whole #cheesed thing seems to be about people who never got to be bullies now they get to do bully shit in a way that has no apparent consequences and seems socially acceptable. I mean, seriously, wtf?
— Bill Shaw (@cranky_bill) March 2, 2019
So, since the prank has been going viral, and since Twitter queen Chrissy Teigen is very much online and very much in possession of a baby (her son, Miles, with husband John Legend), she felt it was time for her to contribute her thoughts to the national “cheesing” conversation.
Her take? She’s not going to be tossing cheese at her baby anytime soon.
She wrote, “I love a prank as much as anybody but I cannot get myself to throw cheese at my adorable, unsuspecting baby who has all the hope and trust in the world in me.”
I love a prank as much as anybody but I cannot get myself to throw cheese at my adorable, unsuspecting baby who has all the hope and trust in the world in me
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 3, 2019
Teigen’s mentions were soon full of people joking about how a baby’s trauma from getting “cheesed” might present itself later in life.
When these babies grow up and inevitably drop their parents off at the nursing home, they’re going to lean in and whisper “this is for the cheese” before they leave them there.
— Clarissa ???? (@caperclaw) March 3, 2019
They’re going to start throwing kraft singles at old timers LOL
— Courtney L. Lehner (@deschanelchanel) March 4, 2019
Someone else said that they hated “when parents trick their kids for a laugh” and you know what? I’m with her.
Makes no sense to prank someone who can’t appreciate the humor. It’s pretty much just bullying at that point. I hate it when parents trick their kids for a laugh.
— Shalene Rose (@ShaleneRose) March 3, 2019
Actor and author Mara Wilson pointed out that babies should be throwing stuff at us.
Babies should throw stuff at US, as is the natural way of the world
— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) March 3, 2019
It does certainly seem like maybe the viral trend thing could step up its game a bit.
Yeah I don’t understand why someone can’t come up with a “pay for someone’s meal challenge” instead of a “let’s throw a kraft single at my baby and laugh because it stuck to their face challenge.”
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) March 3, 2019
However, one should never discount the comedy potential in throwing cheese at one’s partner or spouse.
THROW CHEESE AT JOHNNNN
— Anil Dash ???? (@anildash) March 3, 2019
Which would literally be “Legend-Dairy” in the case of Teigen. Ugh, but thank you, but ugh.
That would be Legend-Dairy
— Ray Radlein (@Radlein) March 3, 2019
One person included a video of a baby getting cheesed and caring not a whit.
— Matt Magee (@matthewmagee3) March 3, 2019
In fact, the baby was just like, “hey, more cheese for me.”
SHE WENT TO GO EAT IT I LOVE HER she was just like damn good for me ig
— yikes.gov (@caliandchill) March 3, 2019
And this baby freakin’ loved it.
this is the only one I approve of https://t.co/d4rZeyORCt
— madison (@DearestMadison) March 3, 2019
But not everyone is a fan of babies anyway.
— OtterDaddy (@Dunk_My_Nuggets) March 3, 2019
A lot of people pointed out that throwing cheese at your dog is 100 percent fine and almost definitely appreciated.
You should never throw cheese at your baby! You can however, throw it at your dog, and it would be greatly appreciated pic.twitter.com/WuISe5cS5F
— Rex the TV terrier (@rexthetvterrier) March 5, 2019
I mean, you can also throw cheese at your dog 🙂
— ????.ashley.???? (@AshleyEsqueda) March 3, 2019
Can confirm, the dog will love it
— Jeremy (@rocket_4457) March 3, 2019
In fact, so many people mentioned giving cheese to dogs that at least one person wondered if the accounts belonged to dogs.
I was today days old when I first wondered if my dog secretly has a twitter account
— Dan Gates (@dangates_j) March 4, 2019
Another mom of a cute baby couldn’t make herself do it, either.
What if he eats it? (I havent done it either. Look at him! How could I?) pic.twitter.com/QmdeWbqj4b
— vivian diaz (@vivaciousvivs) March 3, 2019
So we’ve got takes from moms and dads all over, and from dogs, and from Chrissy Teigen. What’s yours? Cute prank or just mean?