By Grace Vasquez
OMG have we really come to this? It’s one thing to do a “challenge” for fun and charity (I did the ALS Ice Bucket challenge) but when it crosses the line and harms you, now it’s just dumb! Dumb, dumb, dumb.
The latest viral challenge is just as dumb as the cinnamon challenge, or the Kylie Jenner lip challenge that came before it – it’s the Tide Pod challenge in which people eat (or pretend to eat) the small packets of soap. Are you kidding me?
The trend started on Twitter back in December and transformed into a viral meme, making its way to YouTube. But the reality is that ingesting laundry detergent can lead to health problems or even kill you. Some stores have actually started locking up their Tide Pods in light of the “challenge.” It’s come to this? Are you going to have to lock your laundry room at home too?
A YouTube spokesperson confirms the site has started removing the videos, noting, “YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit content that’s intended to encourage dangerous activities that have inherent risk of physical harm. We work to quickly remove flagged videos that violate our policies.” Tide has had to even enlist the help of well liked NFL player, Patriots Rob Gronkowski to basically tell kids “NO, NO, NO, NO!”
So what have we learned from all this today kids: Do Not Eat Tide Pods or any type of laundry detergent – it could harm you. Seriously harm you. ~grace