A Brief History Of The Mannequin Challenge & The Impact It Has Created

Attention: Mannequins are taking over the world! I repeat: Mannequins are taking over the world! They have been spotted at parties, concerts, sports games, class, and anywhere else they can assemble.

Okay, maybe that first part was a little exaggerated. There are no actual mannequins on the quest for world domination (yet), but people all over the world are recording themselves pretending to be mannequins as part of the new “mannequin challenge.”


The social challenge consists of a group of people pausing and remaining completely still (like, mannequins I suppose) while doing regular activities, like working in an office, dancing at a concert or watching a football game.

A camera quickly pans over everyone and The song “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd always plays in the background. The short video clips of everyone pretending to be plastic are all the rage right now and #mannequinchallenge is trending on social media.

It is believed the phenomenom began in a classroom in Jacksonville, Florida. But since then, major celebrities have posted the same videos in different settings trying to stand like a mannequin. The Dallas Cowboys football team, James Corden, Hillary Clinton, and Ellen DeGeneres are just a few of the famous faces who have put their modeling skills to the test.

Unlike most Internet challenges, there’s not really a competition. No one wins or loses. No one has to donate to a charity if they don’t participate, unlike the water bucket challenge.

However standing still can be a challenge all on its own, which is part of what has inspired this craze. I haven’t attempted it yet, but if I did I can imagine it wouldn’t come out nearly as good as these guys who all paused mid-workout….HOW?!

The mannequin challenge began as a lighthearted trend, but some gave the silly challenge an entirely new meaning by implementing today’s most serious matters.

This video was dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement. The 60 second clip pans a scene of police arresting and shooting African Americans on the side of the street in correlation with various notable police offenses such as Trayvon Martin. They used voices of the victims and of the police officers in replace of the song “Black Beatles” as background music. (Sorry, Rae.)



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