If you’re in tune with pop culture, you’ve heard of the Netflix film Bird Box. The movie started a viral trend, due to the stars of the film needing to wear blindfolds to survive, and now we’ve got kids doing the Bird Box challenge left and right. The latest celeb to take part in the viral game is YouTuber Jake Paul, who decided to spend a whole damn day blindfolded as if that wasn’t going to end up terrible or something. In fact, it goes from bad to worse when Jake decides to give the challenge a try… in the middle of traffic.
On Jan. 7, Jake posted a video to his channel titled “24 Hour Bird Box Blindfold Challenge,” so obviously, we know what’s coming. But nothing can truly prepare you for a Jake Paul vid, let alone one where he spends a whole day blindfolded. Case and point, the opening of the 11-minute vid shows Jake punching his friend George Janko square in the face. Yikes.
After, they get in a car and start driving entirely too fast and knocking over trash cans. Totally not a safety hazard or anything.
But six minutes into the video is where it gets scary. Jake and George start walking into traffic while blindfolded and naturally, cars start honking their horns. It’s pretty intense, watching the super unsafe situation unfold. As they’re playing in traffic, their friends can be seen watching and laughing, telling them both to “stop, bro.”
Despite the obviously unsafe sitch, Jake did include this disclaimer in the description of his video: “Please be warned (and we cannot possibly stress this enough); under no circumstances should any challenges, stunts, or pranks be attempted by any of our viewers. All challenges, stunts, and pranks are performed by trained professionals in a controlled environment with proper safety measures taken, and are for entertainment purposes only! Again, do not try this at home!”
Right, because those drivers were totally trained professionals and that street looked all the way controlled, JP.
The Bird Box Challenge is a trend where people wearing blindfolds wander around outside for a set period of time. It was inspired by characters in the Sandra Bullock horror movie that dropped on Netflix worldwide on Dec. 21, and their attempt at survival.
Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.
— Netflix US (@netflix) January 2, 2019
Netflix’s Twitter also came forward with a big ol’ disclaimer right after the film’s release. “Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE,” they wrote. “We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.”
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