I frequently say “you can’t fix stupid” and this Kiki Challenge ranks up there with stupid things to do. Even National Transportation Safety Board (NHTSA) condemned the movement due to numerous people falling out of their cars while doing the challenge.
The challenge asks participants to put their own spin on a dance to Drake’s “In My Feelings.” Some have incorporated a moment where they jump out of a car or dance beside a slow-moving car (something the NTSB has warned the public not to do), but, of course, some people want to take it even further. And, of course, some do not go according to plan.
Recently, Jaylen Norwood, an Orlando Florida man who was hit by a car during his “#KiKichallenge” video, walked away without away without any significant injuries and he even has a sense of humor about the situation. “You risked your life for a meme,” Jimmy Kimmel told him during an interview after the video of the incident went viral.
“It was worth it,” Norwood told him. “I’m the most famous guy in Florida.”
In the video, Norwood, who is wearing slippers, can be seen jumping out of the car and doing the beginning of the challenge. Then he sees the other car coming toward him off-screen. Norwood slips on a puddle of oil and is unable to get out of the way in time. The other vehicle, driven by his friend, strikes him in the head.
“The plan was he was supposed to come slow towards me, and I was going to jump on the hood and continue dancing,” he told Kimmel. “He came fast.”
Norwood, a delivery driver who said he’s saving up for college, told Kimmel his best friend volunteered to help him try to pull it off by driving the second car.
“He’s driving so he can’t hear me say ‘Stop,’ and I’m like ‘Oh my God, this is it,'” Norwood recalled of the moment when he realized his friend was driving too quickly.
Norwood’s little brother, who was sitting in the first car, can be heard laughing in the video.
“That made me madder than anything. I don’t even care about the car anymore,” Norwood told Kimmel.
Other attempts have shared the same outcome or worse. Anna Worden, 18, of Iowa was critically injured last week when she jumped out of her car in Bettendorf, Iowa, to record the dance challenge, news station WQAD reported. Some celebrities, on the other hand, have also taken on the challenge and some have been rather creative (i.e., Will Smith dancing at the top a bridge in Budapest).
But this seems like it should be logical that it is not safe. Nicholas Worrell, Chief of Safety Advocacy at the National Transportation Safety Board shared with The Blast Monday (July 23) how hopping out of a moving car for likes might not be the best move for your safety.
“Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the U.S. Hopping out of a moving vehicle or jumping into lanes of traffic to show your dance moves is foolish and dangerous – to you and those around you,” he said. While Shiggy’s dance was done on the regular street, singer Danileigh’s effortless car version inspired many to follow suit.
“There’s a time and place for everything, but our nation’s highways and roadways are no place for the #InMyFeelingsChallenge,” he added.
A woman by the name of Barbara Kopylova went viral this week when her attempt at the challenge ended with her falling out of a moving car. “I’M FINE nothing happened to me or the car, it’s okay to laugh,” she tweeted. “I laughed for 10 minutes straight right after I saw the video. It was an accident that I fell out of the car, I’m not encouraging anybody to do the same.”
It all started a few weeks after Shiggy catapulted Drake’s “In My Feelings” to a new level with the #InMyFeelingsChallenge. But, the popular Shiggy challenge has benefited Drake the most. His song is currently at No. 1 on the Billboard charts with a video on the way.
In short, don’t jump out of moving cars so you can dance on the roadways.
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