A Florida high school prank that started circulating in late October with the hashtag Mannequin Challenge has now become a massive viral trend with celebrities such as Britney Spears and Destiny’s Child joining in on the fun.
Capturing a moment where people in a room are frozen in time, the social media videos test participants’ abilities to stay absolutely still while telling a story.
“Honestly when we posted it we thought it would be known around school and maybe other schools in our city,” teen Emili told Inverse in a Twitter direct message.
“We never expected celebrities such as Rae Sremmurd and 2 Chainz to find out about it and do it as well.
Paul McCartney tipped his hat to the zeitgeist by posting a Mannequin Challenge video with “Black Beatles,” the No. 1 song in the US by Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane, as his backing track.
Sara Foster, Kate Hudson, Courteney Cox and Rachel Zoe: