Chris Hemsworth and Wife Under Fire for 'Violent' Birthday Prank On Son

Dani Sanders
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Birthday surprises and pranks are common but celebrity parents, Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky have received wild criticism over a prank on their son's birthday. But don't judge them yet, read more about the birthday prank and share your opinions below.

Parents Under Hot Waters 

Thor actor Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky are in hot water after sharing an Instagram post of a prank they pulled on their 9-year-old's birthday.

The Crowd Shares Their Issues

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Fans, however, took that post the wrong way as Pataky slammed her son's face into the chocolate cake, branding her actions as "violent" and "ridiculous."

A Wrongly Interpreted Instagram Post

Pataky can be seen pressing her son's head into the birthday cake while Hemsworth and their other two kids laugh in the background.

The Critics React


A fan commented on the post saying, "Why people smash their kid’s face in the cake is above my understanding but whatever."

Not Funny But Violent 

Another user commented, "Why do people think this is funny?” while another chimed in the comments section, "It’s so violent.”

No Reaction To The Backlash

While Hemsworth and Pataky haven't commented on the backlash yet, we know that their family has always been up for an adventure and willing to take risks.

Going Into The Mouth Of Danger

The 39-year-old actor performs a majority of his own stunts and even suffered a back injury in 2021 while shooting for Thor: Love and Thunder.

A Record Of Injuries 

Talking about his experience with injuries, Hemsworth said, "On certain days when I've had a few injuries - and I had quite a few during Thor - it can start to become a drag you know?"

A New Set Of Habits 

He further added, "But over the past year or so, I changed up a lot of my training and nutrition program, and I feel the best I've ever felt."

Growing Up With Gratitude

It's unclear whether he wishes for his kids to follow in his footsteps but he did share that he wants them to proceed in life with gratitude, "I want them to have a great appreciation for everything."

Loyal Fans Rush To The Rescue 

Not all fans jumped in to criticize the couple and rushed to their defense, with one of them saying, "Violent? It’s a bit of play, Just a bit of basic humor….. they look like they are having a good time together.”

Not A Little Fairy 

Another fan extended his support saying, "Those kids are gonna grow up able to take a joke not be some little fairy who thinks having their head dipped in frosting is violent."

Happy 9th Birthday

Hemsworth shared the now-viral post on his Instagram and captioned it saying, "Happy 9th birthday to my two little men! Only one way to eat cake in this house and that’s to have mum slam your head into it face first!!”

Retelling The Story

Sharing what exactly went down before his son got his head shoved in the cake, Hemsworth wrote, "Hey mom I don’t like chocolate cake I prefer vanilla. Oh really son, what about now?”

The Hemsworth Family

Hemsworth and Pataky tied the knot in 2010 and have since been going strong. The couple now shares a daughter, India, and twin sons, Sasha and Tristan.

Taking A Break From Work

The post comes shortly after Hemsworth announced his break from acting after being diagnosed with a genetic predisposition for Alzheimer's while filming his last film Limitless.

The Intensity Of The Condition

Hemsworth recently opened up to Vanity Fair about his disease and the "intensity [of] navigating” through the test results and said, "Most of us, we like to avoid speaking about death."

A Scary Route 

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He further revealed, "Then to all of a sudden be told some big indicators are actually pointing to this as the route which is going to happen, the reality of it sinks in. Your own mortality.”

Two Copies Of A Particular Gene

Since Hemsworth has two copies of the APOE4 gene in his DNA, it makes him "eight to 10 times more likely” to undergo the life-limiting disease.