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19 craziest TikTok challenges and the ordeals they’ve caused

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Humanity has hit Tok bottom.

Created in 2016 as a portal for short, humorous clips, TikTok has recently become synonymous with something far more sinister: viral internet challenges.

Pull up the video-sharing app and you’ll inevitably see opportunistic bozos risking their reputations and even bodies on camera for social media clout — like if Snapchat was created by the “Jackass” guys.

In the most notorious stunt recently, a female TikTokker wound up in the hospital after trying to style her hair with gorilla glue.

Unfortunately, the app’s eyeball-seeking algorithm makes it extremely difficult for these oft-harmful trends to be nipped in the bud before they metastasize across the internet.

To help readers know what to avoid, we’ve compiled a list of challenges so ludicrous we might want to reconsider a TikTok ban.

1. Gorilla Glue girl

This might not be a challenge per se. However, Louisiana’s Tessica Brown undoubtedly cemented her place on TikTok stupidity’s Mount Rushmore after slathering her hair with Gorilla Glue and having to get it surgically repaired during a four-hour procedure.

Unfortunately, this cautionary tale might not stick as Brown’s adhesive mishap landed her $20,000 dollars in donations, hundreds of free hair products and even a full-time agent — not to mention an unfortunate imitator.

2. DIY vampire fangs

Speaking of Super Glue fiascos, holiday revelers went viral this past Halloween after supergluing costume vampire fangs to their teeth. The cringe-worthy clips — which, using the hashtag #VampireFangs, amassed over 9 million views — depicted various bozos struggling to remove the faux chompers after fastening them to their incisors using Super Glue, nail glue and other adhesives.

Go figure: Dentists advised against this practice, citing the fact that nail glue “is poisonous and won’t come off.”

3. Tooth filing

In the realm of toothless TikTok challenges, DIY vampire fangs pale in comparison to these amateur cosmeticians remodeling their chompers with nail files.

For the uninitiated, the challenge involved various knuckleheads attempting to fix their uneven smiles by using a nail file to sand their snack-slicers down to size. It was basically the bargain-bin equivalent of an enameloplasty — a reshaping procedure involving enamel removal that one would receive from a cosmetic dentist.

However, unlike the latter, these freelance molar makeovers sparked an outcry from the dental community.

“You’re doing irreparable damage and destruction to your teeth,” Dr. Chad Evans, co-founder of Texas-based Smile Magic Family Dental, said.

4. Face wax challenge

Full facial waxing is the hot new beauty fad with vids of the procedure collectively amassing millions of views on TikTok.

The procedure, demonstrated here by Kapsalon Freedom barbershop in the Netherlands, involves caking a patient’s face — including their eyes — with gloopy green wax as if casting a mold for the “House of Wax” horror movie. They even have wax-dipped Q-Tips stuck in their noses to extract pesky nasal hairs. When finished, the rogue beautician peels the beauty batter off the subject’s face in one piece like a slasher villain mask.

Skin experts are calling the process traumatic “for the skin, especially sensitive areas such as those found around the eyes.”

5. Erection cream pout plumper

TikTok cosmeticians redefined maintaining a stiff upper lip after trying to plump their pouts with erection cream on camera. While one influencer did succeed in fluffing his flappers to life raft proportions, he had to stop the stunt early due to the burning sensation.

Meanwhile doctors said that the hack is “utterly ridiculous and can be extremely dangerous,” adding that the “temporary” procedure could lead to adverse reactions including soreness, swelling and blisters, as well as blood pressure fluctuations and “possible heart problems.”

6. Corn cob challenge

As part of a series of viral lifehacks, enterprising TikTokkers tried to accelerate their corn consumption by eating a cob affixed to a spinning drill bit. This Loony Toons-evoking feat gained international attention after rapper Jason Derulo chipped a tooth while performing the stunt.

However, Anaconda’s cracked kernel didn’t deter him from trying to inhale 22 hamburgers a month later to commemorate reaching 22 million TikTok followers.

7. Cereal challenge

This one just seems nasty from the outset, but it also could have a potentially dangerous end result. In this test of wills, a person pours milk and cereal into the open mouth of a person lying down and then eats breakfast from the human “bowl.” Needless to say, things can get super, super messy, not to mention become a choking hazard for the volunteer vessel. “If you guys are cool with cereal in your lungs after you choke that’s cool too I guess,” remarked @Mandi2341 on Twitter.

TikTok provides an extensive list of “community guidelines” that state the company does not allow “content that is excessively gruesome or shocking, especially that promotes or glorifies abject violence or suffering.” It also outlines “risky activities or other dangerous behavior” that are not allowed, including activity that “encourages, promotes, or glorifies such behavior, including amateur stunts or dangerous challenges.”

8. Skull breaker challenge

The title says it all.

This viral craze — reportedly originating in Venezuela as “rompcráneos,” or “skull breaker” — depicts three friends (we use the term loosely) jumping next to each other as the bookending buds kick the middle guy’s feet out from under him. The action sends the person crashing to the ground, landing on their back and hitting their head in the process.

Not only has the alarming trend led to injuries in Miami, New Jersey and Arizona, but Daytona Beach, Florida police have charged two high school teens with misdemeanor battery and cyberbullying following an incident there. In addition, two students in Mexico did their own version of the “skull breaker,” but reportedly used a sweater instead of their feet to trip a girl into doing a face-plant.

Doctors have unsurprisingly condemned the practice for its potential to cause “serious and life-threatening injuries,” ranging from “skull fracture to paralysis and death.”

9. Penny challenge

This shocking fad involves sliding a penny behind a partially plugged-in phone charger, as seen in multiple viral videos circulating on YouTube and TikTok.

While the prank may seem innocuous, the coin can strike the metal prongs, causing “sparks, electrical system damage, and in some cases, fire,” warned Massachusetts Fire Marshall Peter J. Ostroskey in an advisory issued last year.

Case in point: The marshal obtained a photo of a scorched outlet in Holden reportedly caused by the viral prank. In another incident, a student at Plymouth North High School allegedly started a fire after performing the challenge in what Plymouth Schools Superintendent Dr. Gary Maestas called an “irresponsible act. Fortunately, no one was injured — but the accidental arsonist was charged for the crime.

10. Benadryl challenge

This inflammatory challenge, which involves taking enough Benadryl to hallucinate and posting the footage on the video-sharing platform, resulted in the death of a 15-year-old Oklahoma girl last year.

This, along with several other near-fatal incidents, prompted pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson and the FDA to issue PSAs warning teens not to abuse the antihistamines.

The latter warned, “Taking higher than recommended doses of the common over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medicine diphenhydramine (Benadryl) can lead to serious heart problems, seizures, coma or even death.”

11. Cha-Cha Slide challenge

This ridiculous TikTok trend involved teen drivers swerving all over the road like maniacs in time with the stunt’s namesake dance anthem, first released 20 years ago by DJ Casper, a k a Mr. C The Slide Man.

Despite the obvious risks, the trend has taken TikTok by storm, reportedly causing several near-accidents by participants. “The car almost flipped,” reads the caption to a video of one TikTokker performing the stunt with friends.

TikTok warns viewers on several clips that “the action in this video could result in serious injury.”

12. Pee your pants challenge

Nothing to ward off the coronavirus doldrums like a viral video leak, right? At least that’s what one bored livestreamer thought when he heeded nature’s call on camera, inspiring scores of other lonely TikTokkers to follow suit like a Pied Pee-per.

The #peeyourpantschallenge hashtag currently quickly racked up 3.9 million views on TikTok, as well as a flurry of criticism from horrified commenters.

“People seriously need to get back to work soon . . . everybody has gone insane,” sputtered one.

13. The poop challenge

In an even sicker stunt, these parents in lockdown smeared excrement on their progeny and filmed their aghast reactions. “WTF” seemed to be the overwhelming response.

14. Verbal abuse challenge

These moms and dads crapped on their kids figuratively by calling them a “mistake” and in some instances mentioning the word “abort.”

15. Flash mob

These moms bided the lockdown in titillating fashion by exposing their breasts to their babies and recording their enticed reactions.

Called the #DropEmOutChallenge, these jokester mamas post their videos with Wheeler Walker Jr.’s song “Drop ‘Em Out” playing in the background. The country tune’s lyrics are particularly fitting for this game.

“Drop ’em out, let me see them ti - - ies,” the 2015 country song goes. “Gonna take a long look at those tig ol’ bitties.”

Seemingly from behind the camera, the moms bare it all to their hungry, breast-fed babies, filming the excited expressions.

16. The “Dipping” Challenge

Sauciness takes a turn for the worst courtesy of this salty social media swag. 

After months of being bored in the house owing to the pandemic, in June, men voluntarily slam-dunked their junk into small containers of soy sauce in hopes of tasting the savory Asian condiment — typically used to boost the taste of sushi — on their tongues. 

And it wok’d! 

The tasty testes trend stemmed from a resurfaced 2013 study which found that mice can determine taste through their testicles. 

Once the challenge hit digital timelines, guys everywhere were unzipping their flies and using their goodies as saucy napkins in the name of science.

17. The Black-out challenge

Also known as the “passout challenge” and “the fainting game,” participants of the deadly, albeit popular Black-out challenge were dared to choke themselves until they pass out for several seconds.

A 10-year-old girl in Italy tied a belt around her neck and accidentally asphyxiated herself in January. She was rushed to a hospital in Palermo where doctors ultimately pronounced her brain-dead. 

TikTok encouraged users to flag any account holders engaging in the dangerous trend. 

18. The “Coronavirus Challenge”

Crap’s got your tongue??

Ava Louise, a regular attention-seeker on Dr. Phil, took her clout-chasing to the clouds in March when she went viral for licking airplane toilet seats. 

Insensitively dubbing her disgusting digital demonstration the “coronavirus challenge,” Louise, 22, caught cyberspace hell for her tone-deaf antics. 

19. The Silhouette Challenge 

Small screen seduction hit a hard stop after perverts found a way to bring a cheeky trend to a creepy end. 

Originally, hotties were taking to TikTok to show off their amazing bodies behind a red filter that covered up their private parts. But, geeky freaks found a way to remove the filter and get an eyeful of the women’s unmentionables. 

Public Service Announcements warning lusty ladies about the pervy privacy breach went viral. And naturally, the sexy challenge slipped into the shadows.

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How Disney decides which content gets ‘offensive’ disclaimer

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Disney holds monthly meetings to determine what content in its archive needs to have a warning added. 

The meetings are held virtually and are “very raw” according to one attendee. 

“We’ve had some very raw conversations on those Zooms,” African American Film Critics Association President Gil Robertson told the Hollywood Reporter. As part of Disney’s Stories Matter initiative’s advisory council, Robertson and his colleagues watch films believed to possibly be problematic and then tell Disney their reaction. 

“They want to make up for any offensive messaging they may have been a part of,” Robertson told the publication. “It feels sincere, and it’s also good business.”

In November 2019, when Disney launched its Disney+ streaming service, the company added content warnings ahead of its animated classics “Dumbo” (1941), “The Jungle Book” (1967) and “Aladdin” (1992) to warn audiences that the movies “may contain outdated cultural depictions.”

The iconic films “Aristocats” (1970), “Peter Pan” (1953) and “Swiss Family Robinson” (1960) also feature the warning ahead of the film.

The highly controversial “Song of the South” (1946) is not available on the streaming service.

Most recently, “The Muppet Show” had warning disclaimers placed prior to each episode, warning viewers that the show features “stereotypes” and “mistreatment of people or cultures.”

“Rather than remove this content, we want to acknowledge its harmful impact, learn from it and spark conversation to create a more inclusive future together,” the disclaimer says, adding “Disney is committed to creating stories with inspirational and aspirational themes that reflect the rich diversity of the human experience around the globe.”

The disclaimers are not a signal that the films have been canceled, Ben Mankiewicz, a host on classic TV network TCM, told the Reporter.

“Nobody’s canceling these movies,” he said. “Our job is not to get up and say, ‘Here’s a movie that you should feel guilty about for liking.’ But to pretend that the racism in it is not painful and acute? No. I do not want to shy away from that. This was inevitable. And welcomed. And overdue.”

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Edie Falco cast as Hillary Clinton in ‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’

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“The Sopranos” star Edie Falco is stepping up to play yet another embattled spouse — this time a very real, high-profile one.

The 57-year-old actress has been cast as former first lady Hillary Clinton in the FX drama “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” according to Collider. The next installment of the anthology series — produced by Ryan Murphy (“Hollywood,” “Pose”) — will chronicle the sex scandal between former President Bill Clinton and onetime White House intern Monica Lewinsky and the subsequent political fallout.

Falco won Golden Globe awards in 2000 and 2003 and Emmys in 2003, 2001 and 1999 for her portrayal of put-upon mob wife Carmella Soprano in HBO’s 1999 to 2007 drama, which co-starred the late James Gandolfini as her philandering husband, mafia boss Tony Soprano.

Others previously cast in the production include Clive Owen as Bill Clinton; Beanie Feldstein as Lewinsky; Sarah Paulson as former White House staffer Linda Tripp; Annaleigh Ashford as sexual-harassment accuser Paula Jones; Billy Eichner as Matt Drudge, and Betty Gilpin as right-wing pundit Ann Coulter.

“Hillary is actually not a significant character in ‘Impeachment’ because it’s really told from the point of view of these women who were really far from the center of power,” FX CEO John Landgraf told the Hollywood Reporter in 2019. “It’s really a revisionist history as told through the point of view of these women, whose stories did not seem in any way central to the political stakes of what was going on but who became really central to that.

“Hillary is a character in it, but she’s not one of the main characters in it,” he added.

Murphy’s production is based on disgraced ex-New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin’s 2000 book “A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President.”

Filming on the series — which had been slated for a 2020 debut but no longer has a firm premiere date —  was temporarily halted in December due to a positive COVID-19 test on set. 

Sarah Burgess is adapting the book for television, and producers will include Lewinsky, Henrietta Conrad and Jemima Khan. Joining Murphy and Burgess as executive producers are Paulson, Feldstein, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander and Alexis Martin Woodall.

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Music video spurs outrage with porn star cameo on Iranian app

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An American adult film star has enraged officials in Iran by appearing in a music video on an Iranian entertainment app.

Released by 32-year-old Iranian pop star Sasan Yafteh, a trailer for the full-length video for the track “Tehran Tokyo” features porn actress Alexis Texas, 35, sensually removing a head covering and coat before dancing with Yafteh, who goes by Sasy.

The video has racked up more than 13 million views since Sasy, who lives in California, posted it to his Instagram account, which has over 4.6 million followers. His Story on the app is full of reposts of people across the globe re-enacting and lip-syncing to the trailer. 

A full-length version of the video was expected to be released Wednesday at 8 p.m. Tehran time on radio station and app Radio Javan.

Iranian authorities intensely censor social media and entertainment distribution — YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Telegram are all blocked in the country, reported the Associated Press — and legally require foreign-made music, including songs that are in the nation’s official language of Persian, to get official distribution permission. The “Tehran Tokyo” appearance on the Iranian entertainment app has prompted fury and an investigation by officials, with citizens also expressing outrage via social media at the video’s perceived problematic influence on youth. 

None of Sasy’s videos are authorized in that country, but the pop singer remains popular among the nation’s teenagers, many of whom access banned social media sites via virtual private networks (VPNs) and other means of getting around digital restrictions. 

Sasy operated as an underground singer in Iran before leaving the country in 2009. He has since established himself in the US, although he maintains an international audience of fans.  

The controversy around “Tehran Tokyo” stems from conservative Iranian government members who blame social media for being part of the West’s “soft war” against the Islamic Republic, the AP wrote.

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