Coming from Japanese Twitter where it’s quickly gone viral, the Hands-Free Bubble Tea Challenge features women, and some men, trying to drink from a cup balanced on their cleavage.
個人的な意見ですが— Hカップな広告マン-ありぺー (@hcupadman) June 8, 2019
The challenge came from a video posted by model @hcupadman featuring her using both hands on a laptop while drinking from a cup cunningly lodged between her cleavage. In the tweet, she cites balancing the tea as one of the advantages of having large breasts.
逆に巨乳で困ることといえばやはりおっぱいが重いことですね。— Hカップな広告マン-ありぺー (@hcupadman) June 9, 2019
People quickly responded by putting up their photos showing them balancing bubble tea and other objects on their chest.
Though it wasn’t originally intended as a poorly disguised way to brag about breast size, it does seem to have picked up overtones of that when it morphed into a challenge. However, unlike previous “ideal body” challenges like the pen challenge and the “bikini bridge,” a lot of the entries came in artistic form.
"Easy peasy" #手放しタピオカ #タピオカ pic.twitter.com/vPaxbdtsP9— Hyde (@tabakko) June 17, 2019
Popular way to drink boba milk tea in Japan.— H₂SO₃- Luka's waifu (@H2SO366) June 16, 2019
Star:Marco!where are you watching!!!
Who tf will drink it like that?
Damn. I dropped my drink on the ground #StarVsTheForcesOfEvil #手放しタピオカ pic.twitter.com/lGeorZUgut
Hands-free bubble tea drinking? Easy!#手放しタピオカ pic.twitter.com/QIC70X1s7P— DuDuL (@DuDuLtv) June 17, 2019
Some people are even posing dolls in the hands-free position.
One of the early propagators of the Hands-Free Bubble Tea Challenge, @Strangestone—who is the artist behind the previously viral Tawawa challenge, where women balanced phones and then later other objects on their breasts—produced a sketch of it, which may be why others are responding with their own art.
月曜日のたわわ その２２５ 『手放しタピオカ』 pic.twitter.com/0znSChJpa3— 比村奇石 (@Strangestone) June 10, 2019
This gives it a lighter, and healthier, vibe than those other body-related challenges, though of course there’s still an element of mockery aimed at the women who can’t play.
The challenge is striking big in the Philippines, a country that loves bubble milk tea, as well as Malaysia.
malaysia bila lagi??? agak2 jgk cbaran tuu bah.. https://t.co/020HEauAGK— [email protected] (@blackAlone718) June 17, 2019
Given the fad for bubble tea in the west, it’s only a matter of time before the challenge makes it over here, too.