What the Hell Is the Mannequin Challenge? A Short Explainer

From Destiny’s Child to the New York Giants, everybody’s doing it

Another day, another challenge — the newest craze to hit the internet is the Mannequin Challenge.

While there have been numerous “challenges” that call for their players to do some outrageous things (pour a bucket of ice over their heads, eat a Carolina Reaper pepper, etc), this one is quite simple.

The viral challenge requires participants to stay absolutely still while holding a pose — like, say, a mannequin — usually over Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” ft. Gucci Mane. Meanwhile someone else weaves in and out of the group capturing the dramatic poses.

It started in late October with a group of high schoolers believed to be from Edward H. White High School in Jacksonville, Florida.


The poses are generally supposed to depict some type of scene that tells a bigger story. Obviously, the more interesting the illustration is the better.

The importance of Rae Sremmurd’s song to the Mannequin Challenge isn’t explicitly explained, but it’s the song that was used in the original video and naturally people followed suit.

Also, the more people involved, the better the execution of the challenge seemingly ends up being.

As the challenge has picked up more speed, social media has been saturated with participants in this latest trend, from Destiny’s Child to the New York Giants football team.

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