Comedian’s latest prank makes parents believe their kids are spreading STDs

Generally, not something that's a laughing matter.


Kris Holt

Internet Culture

Published Jun 7, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 1:55 pm CDT

Asking questions “on behalf of a friend” is never possible.

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That’s why parents who’ve fallen victim to comedian Nathan Fielder’s latest prank were left thinking their kids had sexually transmitted diseases and were potentially spreading them to unsuspecting victims.

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Generally, not something that’s a laughing matter.

Fielder implored followers to carry out the following mission Thursday afternoon.

Experiment: text your parents “If you think u gave someone an STD is it illegal not to tell them? Asking for a friend.” Then tweet response.

— nathan fielder (@nathanfielder) June 6, 2013

As with previous pranks, in which he urged followers to suggest to their folks that they wanted to buy drugs and tell their significant others they hadn’t been completely honest, Fielder retweeted some of the best responses.

They are at turns funny and sad, revealing as much about the human psyche as they do the relationships between parents and children.

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— Brandy Haynes (@Haynes03) June 6, 2013


— Jake Massoth (@JakeMassoth) June 6, 2013

@nathanfielder I think I scared him a little……

— Claire Baldwin (@itsmeclaireb) June 6, 2013


— vizz(@gab_rakadabra) June 6, 2013

@nathanfielder I’m not replying back…

— Elegant Tooth (@royaltooth) June 6, 2013

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@nathanfielder this should be interesting..…

— Seamus O’Keefe (@ohsnapitsseamus) June 6, 2013

@nathanfielder Well, money always helps……

— Whiskey & Cigarettes (@whiskeycigspod) June 6, 2013


— Sherry Sher (@thesheridan2) June 6, 2013

@nathanfielder oh Christian mom…

— snowglobe (@triplash) June 6, 2013

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@nathanfielder harsh.…

— Nick Smale (@Nick_Smale) June 6, 2013

@nathanfielder dad knows best…

— dad (@sirtjcovert) June 6, 2013


— Scout (@blargmonster) June 6, 2013

@nathanfielder is this how you met mom…

— Bart (@barthump) June 6, 2013

@nathanfielder I thought I failed so I wanted to let her in on the joke, then it got better!…

— John Patrick Lee III (@heyheyitsmejohn) June 6, 2013

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@nathanfielder oh god…

— Ian Welsh (@mcfcwelshyz) June 7, 2013

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*First Published: Jun 7, 2013, 10:13 am CDT