Put your head on my shoulder
Hold me in your arms, baby
Squeeze me oh-so-tight
Show me that you love me too
Put your lips next to mine, dear
Won't you kiss me once, baby?
Just a kiss goodnight, maybe
You and I will fall in love
When 18 years old Paul Anka released this song in 1959, it solidified his position as a pop idol, who understood the times by surveying his fans behaviours. But no one could have guessed that 62 years later it would make a return to be an anthem of expression in the 21st-century pop culture.
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The silhouette challenge has ladies using bathroom door frames, filters and editing apps to appear backlit. The song for the challenge is a combination of Paul Anka’s song and American musician Doja Cat’s ‘Streets’ into a remix by a Tiktok user called Giulia Di Nicolantonio.
This challenge would be the most current, coming off the back of BussIt- the challenge where ladies went from basic to spectacular. Other challenges that people have participated in include Don’t Rush, Slow-Mo, Don't Leave Me.
Not that they weren’t spectacular in their basicness, but the culture will be the culture.
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Nigerian celebrities also joined the challenge: Mercy Eke Winner of Season 4, shared hers on her Instagram page to her 2.3 million followers, captioning it ‘just for the fun’.Photo credit: Instagram
Dancer and social media influencer Jane Mena also uploaded her entry for the challenge which she did with her husband.
Men have not been left out of the challenge and although not a lot has made it to Twitter and Instagram, reports have it that TikTok has seen a surge in men posting videos of themselves partaking in the current trend.
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In the thick of the heat that this challenge brought, Media Star Khafi Kareem tweeted about the powerful memory of social media and how people should take it into consideration in their conduct:
Just a quick reminder that the Internet doesn't forget
The fact is society is harder on women. I should know this from personal experience. What you put out into the Internet space remains there. A male can post the same thing or similar and not get the same heat/consequences that a female would.
This is not me being anti-fun this is just facts. As long as you are fully aware and fully conscious of this, by all means, do what you want, but do not cry when it gets into the wrong hands or your future is affected because of what has been posted on the Internet in the past.
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On-Air Personality Ogbolor also shared his two cents:
If most ladies think about their future well, they would avoid most things they put on social media today. One day you may be married to an important personality, an aspiring governor or even president, and a post from today would be used to drag yours or your husband’s name in the mud. Tomorrow is very big, be wise today.
So far the challenge has gone round the world and across the genders. It has also sparked a debate on what acceptable in culture. While some maintain that it is a challenge that glorifies nudity, others are convinced there is no better time to celebrate your body than now.
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Only time will tell- and of course, the day the filters are removed, we’ll see how much of a celebration this challenge becomes.