What is the Mannequin Challenge? Is it just a load of people standing still for the likes or is there a deeper meaning behind it? There could be more than that but that discussion can be left for another time. The internet phenomenon is thought to have begun in Jacksonville, Florida on October 12, 2016. After the initial video garnered huge internet success, it was adapted by other groups, celebrities and sports teams and thus began the viral trend #MannequinChallenge.
With people, such as First Lady Michelle Obama, Hilary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and many more participating, the trend has taken over the internet with its popularity.
The infamous track that is synonymous with the videos is that of Rae’s Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8m9zhNAgKs
The SU did its own spin on the challenge in the SU Bar on the 21st of November:
The real question that needs to be asked from all of this, why do we all get so obsessed by these viral trends? Is it a way to feel connected in the broader society? Is it all for the craic? Is it just a way to laugh at the stupidity of others? Who knows? We’ve seen some crazy challenges grace the internet over the past while. Here are some of the most ridiculous.
The most recent challenge to appear on the internet is the #backpackchallenge. The main aim of this particularly stupid trend is to run through a gauntlet of people and try to avoid being hit by bulky schoolbags. Personally, I wouldn’t be a fan of being attacked by 20kg bags but each to their own
Bottle Flip Challenge
This relatively new challenge involves simply just flipping a bottle of water so it lands upright. Difficult, I know. Created by a teenager Mike Senatore who flipped a bottle of water for a school talent show, the feeds of millions are the world have been consumed by these videos
Not as relevant as the above two but can all remember the infamous Harlem Shake that became viral in February 2013. The videos involve a group of people with one person dancing alone for about 15 seconds whilst the others disregard their dancing. When the bass drops in the song ‘Harlem Shake’ by Bauuer the entire group burst into almost convulsive dance moves for the rest of the video. In most cases, the groups wore crazy outfits or were in fancy dress.
We all remember this challenge, whether or not you were brave enough to attempt it is another question. This challenge involved eating a spoonful of ground cinnamon in under 60 seconds without drinking anything. This viral trend definitely posed risks with coughing, gagging and vomiting an almost certain reaction to eating the cinnamon. Its popularity peaked in 2012 before dying of like many others. Variations of this challenge included the Cracker Challenge and the Banana Sprite Challenge.
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Probably one of the most memorable and worthwhile viral trend was the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. I’m pretty sure that most of you did this. Basically, you had to dump a bucket of ice cold water over your head in aid of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and in order to promote awareness about the disease.
Regardless of whether or not you think they’re stupid or good craic, some of them prove meaningful and they sure do provide us all with a good laugh.