Police Brutality Meets the Mannequin Challenge and the Result Is Epic

These internet superstars have taken the challenge to the next level.


By now you should have heard about the latest trend sweeping the internet: the mannequin challenge. This is when a group of people get together to pose in various ways without moving as someone makes their way through the room, videotaping the entire mannequin group. Everybody and their mommas are taking part: Kevin HartBeyoncé (well, Destiny’s Child), even Hillary Clinton!

When certain trends go viral, it’s mostly for comedic purposes—giving us all a laugh as we scroll through our feeds. Many of us are inspired to join in and make the next-best this or that challenge video. Well, internet superstar and comedian Simone Shepherd and her internet comedy counterparts have done just that with the mannequin challenge.

Shepherd; her equally internet-famous partner, King Keraun; and fellow comedian Donnivin Jordan recently won the internet with their “Trapped in the Closet” mannequin challenge, but Shepherd’s latest video takes the cake. Shepherd used the mannequin challenge to bring awareness to a film she’s working on called Black in Blue, and she and her team delivered a police-brutality version of the mannequin challenge with tragic familiar scenes from cases that became headlines and hashtags. It’s disturbing, spot-on and amazing. Check it out:

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