I’m just gonna come right out and say it, YouTube families are fucked.
But fucked is an understatement when it comes to describing The Ingham Family from the UK, who are literally selling a replica of their infant son as merch. The creepy silicone doll will set you back $340USD which is nearly $500AUD.
The Ingham Family boast a whopping 1.2 million followers on YouTube, where they regularly post family vlogs with their four children. And now, with their latest merch item, you can have your own replica of their youngest son Jace.
The doll, which was designed by fancy toy designer, Mary Shortle, is meant to look like Jace at 2 weeks old. Only 250 of the lifelike dolls are being produced, so you’d better be quick if you want to get your hands on one of these creepy toys.
“The realistically adorable features allow you to have your own little Jace!” the company said.
But if you fork out nearly $500 for the doll, you can also attend the “specially organized baby Jace Tea parties to be announced, where you will meet the Ingham family.” That sounds like it’s probably not worth $500, but who am I to judge?
“Baby reborn dolls bring so much joy and happiness to so many children and people alike throughout the world — our children included,” Father, Chris Ingham told Buzzfeed News. “So why not bring something positive to our own followers like that?”
However, these reborn dolls aren’t your typical Baby Born. These dolls are popular with people who have suffered miscarriages or have been unable to have children. They’re not just kids toys.
Fans took to Twitter to discuss how weird and creepy the whole situation is. Obviously lots of people were incredibly creeped out by the “merch”.
my heads gone— Callum Markie (@callummarkie) July 24, 2019
chris ingham and his family are genuinely selling a £350 replica of their actual new born child for strangers to buy???
mate imagine what freaks could buy that – cant believe my eyes pic.twitter.com/PJHEaBm6Zs
Chris ingham, a YouTuber who came under fire last year for sending sexual messages to teenage girls, has created a doll replica of his 4 month old baby to sell to strangers. Someone tell me that I’m not alone in thinking that that’s totally wrong…— Louise Brett (@Weezi) July 25, 2019
However, this isn’t the first time the YouTuber family have made headlines. Chris Ingham came under fire last year after accusations surfaced that he had allegedly sent sexually explicit messages to underage fans. He later released a statement on YouTube denying ever having groomed fans.
Yep. Cool. No worries. This is fine. Everything is fine. Not weird at all.