20 Enero 2017 13:29
In just two weeks, images have gone from innocent jokes to pure gore.
It's called #deadpose and it's the first — and probably most controversial – internet challenge of 2017.
This new trend comes from South Africa and entails posing like a dead body. In a question of two weeks, the fad has evolved from vignettes of childish theatrics... to pure gore.
The challenge was started by Karabo Mnisi, an 19-year-old student from Soshanguve, Pretoria. Mnisi explained to Pretoria News that he was inspired by this iconic photograph by Hector Pieterson, which depicts a mortally wounded youth in the Soweto riots of 1976, during apartheid.
'The photo from 1976 shows that there was a struggle and someone died; I want to transform this story of struggle into an awesome trend', he says. He also recognised that his parents, both teachers, aren't too happy with his 'artistic contributions'. We're not surprised.
Since starting the challenge a few weeks ago, Mnisi has received hundreds of images from users who share his belief that posing like a cadaver in front of the camera is a great plan for a slow Friday night.
As he explained to MailOnline, the first images that he received were quite mild, showing bodies contorted into strange positions, but without the large helping of gore. However, the content has gradually worsened.
'We are now only in phase two of these posts,' he warned. 'The first phase showed no cuts, wounds or blood, but now phase two includes people who are covered in blood, who have been violently killed'.
Mnisi has made it known that he has no intention of ending the madness before he's achieved his goal of becoming the person with most followers in South Africa, and he warned that the content will become increasingly violent from now on.
The trend has been condemned, above all, for a viral video which shows a toddler in the throes of distress: while her auntie and mother take a photo for the challenge, she thinks that her auntie is really dead.
While some view this trend as a joke, most South Africans show their outrage via social media.
We have no idea if the trend will reach our country, but, if it does, we predict a surge in the domestic violence depicted in the images: 'Son, really, are you stupid?? You scared us to death!'.