Finally! A harmless teen social media trend!
We've already survived the collective perils of the Cinammon Challenge, the Banana Peel Challenge, and the Kylie Jenner lip challenge. And while the whole annoying bottle flipping thing shows no signs of slowing, there's now a new teen trend making the social media rounds that's—dare we say it—pretty much harmless. It's called the Mannequin Challenge. And no, it doesn't involve watching the 80s rom-com starring Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall over and over—though for the record, I would totally be down with it if it did.
So what's the #MannequinChallenge? For the most part, it's, well... nothing. Because your only mission, should you choose to accept it, is to freeze in place and remain completely still (you know, like a mannequin) while rap duo Rae Sremmurd's new song "Black Beatles" plays in the background.
Check it out:
I don't know who the heck comes up with these things, but this one is actually weirdly amazing. The trend apparently started back in late October with a bunch of high school students in Jacksonville, Florida, but I didn't realize it was a thing until this past weekend when my daughter posted a video on her finsta of her and her camp friends getting their freeze on. Which means, of course, that now everyone is doing it.
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From other high schools like this one:
And this one:
To college football teams:
BYU's gymnastics teams:
And the cast of Dancing With the Stars:
You totally want to try it now, don't you? I know I do. I mean, it's pretty cool as far as viral sensations go. And, of course, it was only a matter of time before Rae Sremmurd realized their single had been co-opted and decided to get in on the manne-mania by standing still in sync with the entire crowd at their recent show in Denver:
Drop the mic you guys, because these dudes just won.
Or actually, don't, because then you'll ruin the whole damn thing.