Comedian Jordan Peele’s new socio-political horror movie, Get Out, has caught the attention of movie-goers and critics, but it has also inspired the newest online challenge.
[Warning: The following will contain spoilers.]
Get Out follows a black man, Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), who goes to his white girlfriend Rose’s (Allison Williams) parents house for the weekend. When Chris arrives, he’s confronted with a couple who try to prove just how normal and cool they are with their daughter’s interracial relationship. Rose’s dad, played by Bradley Whitford, is quick to proclaim he would have voted for Obama a third time if he could. As the movie goes on, Chris meets a couple of other black individuals who work on her parents’ estate, including a housekeeper named Walter.
As Chris quickly finds out, there’s something a little off about Walter. It’s not until Chris escapes from his bedroom one night to sneak off and have a cigarette that he gets a glimpse of Walter at his weirdest. As Chris stands by the door of the house, he sees a figure running toward him as fast as possible. As the shadow gets closer, Chris realizes it’s Walter, and just before Walter collides with Chris, the housekeeper makes a sharp right and keeps on running.
This is what has inspired the “Get Out Challenge.” People on Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr and Reddit have been posting videos of themselves or their friends running toward a camera and making a sharp turn at the last possible second.
Naturally, like any online challenge (think the Ice Bucket Challenge), the better videos are the ones featuring failed attempts. There are wipeouts in high schools, malls, bike stores, staircases, fields and hallways, with many of the challenger attempters doubling over in laughter at just how bad their try went.
In most cases, the issue seems to be that people didn’t estimate for the amount of room they would need when turning to properly execute it. As seen in the clips below, it’s not the run up that’s the issue, but the attempt to keep running once they hit their destination.
People involved in the challenge have also brought up the fact that it would have been the perfect activity for Vine. Twitter announced in October that it was going to be shutting down Vine, giving users a couple of months to save their videos and transfer them over to YouTube before it shut down completely.
Despite the lack of access to Vine, the “Get Out Challenge” has become one of the most popular on social sharing platforms. Videos are being uploaded either directly to Twitter or YouTube, and they’re are thousands that can be seen right now.
Get Out is currently playing in theaters.