Dancehall singer Dovey Magnum is just as appalled as health officials are with the viral TikTok Milk Crate challenge that Jamaicans have taken on.
Like the popular Ice Bucket, Level Up, and Flip The Switch TikTok challenges, the Milk Crate challenge popped up sometime last month and has now taken social media by storm. Now it somehow found its way to little ole Jamrock. The problem, however, is that this ‘stunt’ is extremely dangerous and people are getting seriously hurt.
Dovey Magnum, who caught wind of a few compatriots trying the challenge, took to Twitter and Instagram on Tuesday morning to warn against it.
“I pray my fellow Jamaicans leave this stupid a– crate challenge ALONE!!!” she wrote. “We hardly have money fe buy food plus curfew measures, hospitals are in no condition for the additional hurt y’all get F–k!! Leave it tf alone!!!”
The Milk Crate Challenge, if you dare, (but don’t) is attempting to ascend a rickety pyramid of stacked milk crates and make it down the other side to ultimately one-up the other participant/s. Millions are trying the feat with the vast majority failing — miserably, and that’s why it has become such a big hit.
Doctors like Dr. Leahcim Semaj, a psychologist, are urging Jamaicans to leave the dangerous act alone.
“The first thing comes to mind is a quote from Albert Einstein. Einstein says that whereas genius has limits, stupidity has none. Here’s a case of stupidity having none. There are a lot of people with a lot of time on their hands and they’re bored and at the same time, let’s say they are stupid because of certain things, what do you win if you do the challenge? So, what you are trying to [do]? You’re entertaining others but at your own risk. I’ve seen some people who have fallen in some precarious way, fallen straight onto one of the crates on the middle of their back. People are going to get hurt as a result of this,” Semaj told The Star today.
In some scenarios, participants have incorporated cash prizes upon conquering the crates but many TikTokers and other social media users are simply glad to accumulate views and attention.
Besides Dovey, other celebs are having mixed feelings about the new viral challenge with folks like The Game and Snoop Dogg also turning down their thumbs. Snoop has called the challenge the “bridge of death.” And medical expert Dr. Rajwinder Deu, a professor of orthopedic surgery at John Hopkins University, couldn’t agree more. “You can open up a textbook, and all injuries are on the table,” he said.
He added that because of the height of the milk crates, everything from someone’s head to toes is at risk for injury. “Everything depends on your fall, what angle you fall and what part of your body hits the ground first.”
Torn ligaments, fractured wrists, and dislocated hips are only a few of the injuries that could be sustained from attempting the challenge. Worst case scenario, paralysis, and even death could be on the table if someone suffers a brain or back injury. “This challenge doesn’t make any sense safety-wise,” Deu said.
Rapper Boosie Badazz on the other hand, is all for the show. He even hosted a Milk Crate challenge at his house recently where singer YK Osiris decided to give it a go, only to fall on his back and later end up in the hospital for “almost breaking my back,” he wrote on IG.
Rapper Blue Face was also up for giving the Milk Crate challenge a shot.
Those who have so far taken on the Milk Crate challenge in Jamaica have had serious falls. One man was seen crashing down on the crates after making it to the top, while another was simply stuck atop a makeshift pyramid after being challenged to see how high he could go without falling.
Dr. Semaj added that the viral sensation is mostly popular with persons under 30 and from a neurological standpoint, not until age 27 is the pre-frontal cortex of the brain fully developed. He explained that this part of the brain is vital in making good decisions.
“Until then, peer pressure, the pressure of the moment and all type of irrational thinking take place and especially one of the factors that govern social media, whereas in real life, when you’re about to do something stupid, one of your friends will tell you ‘Don’t’, on social media you are encouraged otherwise,” he said.
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While the Jamaican government issued a three-day ‘no-movement’ mandate to help cap the spread of the virus, it appears boredom turned to TikTok and many engaging in the dangerous challenge.
The reaction online, like Dovey Magnum, reminds participants that this is not the time to be lollygagging.
One person pointed out that folks abroad are likely to have health insurance, unlike the majority of Jamaicans. “Ppl dem weh uunh see inna the state have insurance yere … public naa nuh bed
On flip side, there were some success stories to report.
Shorty raised the stakes pic.twitter.com/z3sVh3Wh7H
— Dee Goodz (@dee_goodz) August 23, 2021
A man by the name of White Mike has set a new world record, being the 1st person to complete the Milk Crate Challenge while rolling a blunt
— Official Milk Crate Challenge News Source
(@SirVstudios) August 21, 2021