If you’ve been too busy standing in queues at banks and ATMs or dreading a future world where Donald Trump is the president of a country, you may have missed out on the latest internet craze, the mannequin challenge. Kids in Jacksonville, Florida though it was a good idea to post a video of themselves posing as mannequins with Rae Sremmurd’s ‘Black Beatles’ playing in the background and for some crazy reason, it really caught on!
The challenge picked up speed very quickly and pretty soon everyone was posting videos of themselves on social media with the hashtag #MannequinChallenge. It went from American high schools to colleges and pretty soon, sports teams on the far side of the Atlantic were doing some pretty elaborate stuff. Even Hillary Clinton caved in and posed for the challenge with Jon Bon Jovi. The phenomenon truly went viral when it crossed the pond and into European football.
Now, if you’re thinking the challenge seems frivolous and juvenile, you have to check out these 10 best videos to realise it actually takes quite a bit of skill:
Video Courtesy – YouTube/Sunderland AFC
If Sunderland’s inability to move out of the bottom in the Premier League is good for anything, then it’s definitely the mannequin challenge. While producing an effort filmed in the gym has already been done to death, the Black Cats put their best foot forward in an elaborate tableau that shows them in the midst of performing various exercises. They were also the first Premier League team to take it up after the phenomenon invaded Europe.
Check out Patrick van Aanholt, Steven Pienaar and others as they stay frozen perfectly.