A pair of prank-loving parents are defending a harsh practical joke they played on their son after claims of child abuse.
Parents Mike and Heather Martin of Baltimore, Maryland say their family prank videos are all in good fun.
The couple have received backlash toward a clip posted on Wednesday that shows their son Cody, nine, in tears, reports Daily Mail.
Mum, Heather, explains in the video (which had over 400,000 views), Cody had already gotten in trouble for spilling ink on his carpet in the past, and she decided to trick him by spraying disappearing ink on the floor of his room and blaming him.
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‘Get your f**king a** up here!’ she screams at the beginning of the brutal six-minute gag. ‘What the f**k did you do?’
What the hell is that,’ yells the dad, who posts the prank videos on YouTube as DaddyOFive.
‘I didn’t do that,’ the bespectacled young boy pleads. ‘I don’t have anything with ink or whatever this is.’
Cody’s denials only send his parents into further fury, as they bawl out the boy.
‘You’re writing a thousand sentences,’ dad Mike yells. ‘I’m gonna have to sell all your Pokemon stuff!’
The bewildered boy breaks down in tears as the prank drags on, before Heather finally reveals that she sprayed the disappearing ink on the floor.
‘It’s just a prank, brah,’ the dad tells the stunned boy. ‘You guys got pranked hard.’
The ridiculous prank attracted criticism from many who viewed the screaming, cursing parents as child abusers.
‘It was just a flat-out horrendous thing to do to children,’ wrote a columnist for PhillyVoice, condemning the video. ‘The parents should be ashamed of themselves.’
‘This is how we run our house, this is our family,’ Mike blasted back in an epic 20-minute response video posted on Easter Sunday and titled BLOCKING ALL THE HATERS.
‘We were being investigated already for the YouTube channel and nothing was found,’ his wife revealed in the same video. ‘You’re looking in the wrong place for child abusers.’
As for her foul language, Heather said: ‘They hear worse curse words on music and TV than I say.’
The parents said the children pranked them back just as hard, and had final say over whether the gags ended up posted to YouTube.
Asked by his mother whether he felt traumatized by the disappearing ink gag, Cody responded: ‘I don’t even know what that word means, but no.’
‘If they don’t like our channel why do they watch us and give us more views?’ the boy said. ‘Why do they take all the time to comment?’
As the backlash mounted though, the family was forced to post a statement of apology on their Facebook page early Tuesday.
‘We deeply apologize for your feelings of concern. We DO NOT condone child abuse in any way, shape or form,’ the statement read.
The youtube account has since been made private.
The couple have said, “This has gone way to far over FAKE YouTube pranks. We are sorry and we will change our style but you are putting our family in real danger. You are putting the kids that you think you are helping in real danger.”
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