Is The #InMyFeelings Challenge Worth Jail Time?
You can’t scroll through any social media platform without seeing a video of someone dancing outside of a car to the song “In My Feelings,” by Drake. The viral challenge has taken the internet by storm but quickly turned dangerous.
These videos seemed to be harmless but soon turned into its own meme of disastrous fails. While it seems like all fun and games, Egypt’s Interior Ministry says that if there is an obstruction of traffic you could be fined up to 3,000 Egyptian pounds ($167) and face up to a year in prison, according to the Ahram Online news website.
Many celebrities across the world have posted videos of themselves doing the challenge (and even a dog), drawing lots of attention to the issue. In Abu Dhabi, the arrest of three “social media influencers” was ordered after they posted their version of the challenge online, according to local newspaper The National.
In India, police posted this warning to Facebook, encouraging participants to halt the sensation due to its dangerous nature. Videos have been seen of challengers getting hit by cars and presumably injuring themselves.
According to Forbes, Twitter reported over 2.3 million tweets since June 29 about the challenge. On top of that, Drake’s name has appeared in over 7.5 million tweets since the album’s release.
While many internet sensations have turned dangerous over the years, these countries seem to be attempting to regulate their citizen’s safety. The challenge is sure to continue but participants are advised to act out the dance in safe measures.