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Apparently there's people in Italy that is going out like this in the night.— 500M ANIMALS HAVE DIED IN AUSTRALIA (@verotile_) September 2, 2019
It's called the Samara Challenge.
This is just reinforcing my non existent will to go out in the night.
These kids are so stupid. They could end up really bad if they meet the wrong person pic.twitter.com/Ey2uJqkpJf
The Samara Challenge, explained
In the Samara Challenge, people dress up as Samara from The Ring, the American remake of the Japanese horror classic. They then go out alone at night, or with friends following at enough of a distance that they seem alone to the people they encounter. Seems like a great idea, and definitely not something that’s going to end with someone getting stabbed.
The people having to put up with the challenge going on around them are particularly annoyed about it.
if i see someone like that at night im literally going to die, not even kidding.— tremendous (@daddariosbiebs) August 29, 2019
Ok, who wants to adopt me?— Eleonora ✪ (@Mishalocked24) September 3, 2019
I need to change country after they've spotted a girl dressed as Samara (all that stupid challenge's fault) close to my neighborhood.
Ma il senso di questa #SamaraChallenge sarebbe?— - Portami via ♥️ (@__loveandlife_) September 2, 2019
E se la povera vittima è cardiopatica e succede qualcosa di male?
E se qualcuno preso dallo spavento reagisce in maniera violenta e vi fate male?
E se collegaste il cervello prima di dar il via a certe cagate inutili e dannose?
Translated: But the meaning of this #SamaraChallenge would be? And what if the poor victim is heart disease and something bad happens? And if someone caught by fear reacts violently and you hurt yourself? And if you connected the brain before giving way to certain useless and harmful shit?
With some schadenfreude when things go wrong for the participants.
Translated: #SamaraChallenge in Naples. Fear among the people, the reckless cosplayers risk being lynched. We are delirious.
Translated: “I’m dying, help me.”
Some people are finding a little joy in it, even while they’re annoyed or worried.
Translated: Me: Mom, be careful when you bring the dog there
#SamaraChallenge around Rome in the evening
My mom sends me a picture
Translation: OK now I’ve seen everything
Even gelato and coffee places are in on it.
Given the risks, you should probably not participate in this challenge, unless you’re doing it safely at home like some Twitter users.
Translation: How to scare your sister.
Translation: we came, we saw, we buggered her
Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org