First, some background info for those who don't know about the challenge. Families and friends join forces to convince a gullible victim that they're invisible after uncovered by a blanket. The group acts like they can't see who was previously covered by the blanket, causing the person to freak out.
Ava Cunningham, 11, certainly did just that.
well that escalated quickly pic.twitter.com/pSMBMwILZX— makayla cunningham☕️ (@_makaylaanne__) September 8, 2018
Makayla, an 18-year-old student at Texas State, told the San Antonio Express-News that her family, joined by a few friends, took about 10 minutes to plan the prank. Mom Ginger went all out on her acting, which caused Ava to basically have an existential crisis.
Twitter users loved the San Antonio family's rendition and left plenty of comments. Some made jokes.
The dog is like, "this is what I get to look forward to for the rest of my life?" pic.twitter.com/NcCok6Mtwo— Cory (RigorMortis99) (@kdd702) September 10, 2018
I’m the person who started to go up the stairs at the start of the video because I can’t hold the laughter— Maisie Thurston (@MaisieDThurston) September 10, 2018
Her mom deserves an Oscar— Suveena (@Suveena17) September 10, 2018
i’m here for the dad. holy hell 😍😍😍— CoolishYeti (@CoolishYeti) September 10, 2018
everybody that’s been messaging me or commenting about “the guy in the grey shirt...” he is my 15 year old brother, who is a freshman in high school and no he does not have any social media. sorry guys— makayla cunningham☕️ (@_makaylaanne__) September 13, 2018
And of course, others were critical of it.
Interesting how frightening the life out of a child and laughing about it has become the new "challenge"— Skelemystyk (@Skelemystyk) September 10, 2018
Like any prank, it's humiliation for one person in order to amuse onlookers. Here it's sadistic behavior toward the most vulnerable member of the family, solely for everyone else's amusement. These people should be ashamed of themselves.— Carrie Sweet (@CarrieSweet2017) September 10, 2018
Don't worry about Ava, though. She's since recovered.
update: after recovering she was able to watch the video and laugh at the situation, thought it was funny, and then continued blowing her bubbles 😂😂😂 she is not traumatized and quite all right pic.twitter.com/iJYu8pUr4n— makayla cunningham☕️ (@_makaylaanne__) September 9, 2018
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