From shoving ice cubes up vaginas to impersonating Ariana Grande, it seems like people will do almost anything for some of that sweet, sweet TikTok clout. But it appears we’ve finally hit a point where people are saying “too far” after a pet owner shared a video of her dog’s death on TikTok and subsequently went viral.
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User Emma Conger shared a TikTok video on April 25 which depicted her taking her sick dog, Sparky, to the vet. Things go from sad to shocking in record time as Emma proceeds to reveal that Sparky got a ruptured tumour and internal bleeding before the decision was made to put her dog down.
While all this was happening, Emma was documenting the entire ordeal on TikTok, right up to the point of the poor dog’s death. Yeah.
Seems like the first thing that comes to some people’s mind when their dog is on death’s door step is “Imma go get my phone and record this for my TikTok.”
It’s one thing to go viral on TikTok for doing a dumb challenge but it’s another thing entirely to exploit your dog’s death for internet points. Seems incredibly inappropriate to be filming your beloved dog’s death rather than, you know, being with it during its final moments. It’s inexplicable that this needs to be said yet here we are.
Unsurprisingly, a heap of people dogpiled (pun unintended) on Emma for using her dog’s death in such an exploitative way for internet clout. In response to all the criticism, Emma defended herself by saying the video was unplanned and she “doing everything to try and cope but it wasn’t working so I tried doing this and it helped some.”
Whether it was to get internet clout or a way to cope with her dog’s death, Emma’s video certainly got a heap of attention as it racked up over 10 million views on her TikTok alone – as well as a heap of traumatised people who watched a dog literally die before their eyes.
How this dog death video managed to clear TikTok’s guidelines is baffling, as well as how viral it ultimately became. The former question deserves an explanation but we can probably do without an answer to the latter as we don’t need to hear the reasons why they watched a video of a dog dying on TikTok.
So well done, Emma, you’ve demonstrated that there is indeed a new low to which people can sink to for internet points. Here’s hoping documenting pet deaths doesn’t become the new thing on TikTok because this is the last thing we need on top of everything else we have to deal with right now.
Rest in peace, Sparky, you deserved better.
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