Women are being warned to avoid the viral silhouettechallenge as more creepy videos showing how to remove the red filter and expose people’s nude have surfaced online.
The viral challenge features a mashup of “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” by Paul Anka and “Streets” by Doja Cat. The first part of the video shows women in their original setting before the lighting changes to a dim red to shows women embracing their curves without their clothes on.
Hundreds of videos using the #silhouettechallenge have reportedly racked up over 231m views on TikTok.
However, several TikTok users have started warning people not to partake in the challenge after discovering creepy YouTube tutorials that help people remove the red filter.
Rolling Stone’s culture writer, EJ Dickson took to Twitter to raise an alarm after watching tutorials on YouTube teaching people how to edit the videos.
He wrote: “Obviously not linking, but there are videos all over YouTube offering tutorials for how to ‘remove’ the red filter for TikTok’s Silhouette Challenge, in which women dance nude or partially nude in silhouette.
“This is a huge consent violation and YouTube should remove them ASAP.”
Danyelle Thomas, who runs the Unfit Christian blog also shared a warning for her followers about the challenge.
She wrote: “Men are currently removing the vin rouge red filter from the silhouette challenge. This is readily happening across social media with little community violation response by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or TikTok.
“When reminded that this is gross, creepy, and non-consenting, men respond that women are always finding ways to make themselves victims and they shouldn’t have been naked on the internet.
‘Yes, the same men going through extraordinary lengths to be creepy are finger-wagging women about what they shouldn’t put on the internet.
“Because of all of the things men lack including ethics and boundaries they’re never short on audacity. This is when rape culture, misogyny, and patriarchal malarkey combine.”