Not everyone loves the Kiki challenge in Pakistan

August 18, 2018

The internet can be a scary place. We’ve got people slaying each other on Twitter. We’ve also got them making and posting Facebook videos of jumping out of cars and dancing.

This is the space where most millennials and Generation Z’ers dwell. It is also where the mannequin challenge, planking, the Harlem shake and Kiki challenge were born.

The Kiki challenge, in which people film themselves getting out of moving cars and dancing to Drake’s song ‘In My Feelings’, is the latest trend to hit the internet.

SAMAA Digital attempted the challenge, adding a cultural element to the video by filming it in a cattle market. In the video, sacrificial animals trotted along to the beat, filmed from the driver’s seat of a car. However, the video was met with backlash as people criticised the use of animals that were to be used for a religious festival.

Eva Du Beck, a polish tourist who visited Pakistan recently, took the internet by storm when she attempted the Kiki challenge aboard a PIA flight, wearing a green and white shalwar kameez, wrapped in the Pakistani flag.

Some people loved the video and Du Beck’s dance, but others weren’t amused. The National Accountability Bureau has ordered PIA to investigate. The bureau says Du Beck “disgraced” the national flag and also violated the security code of the airline and airport.

Islamic Studies scholars took the opportunity to encourage people to recite the Holy Quran instead of dancing to songs.

With a Russian injured performing the dance and an American in intensive care, authorities around the world are not happy with the challenge and have warned people to stop jumping out of their moving cars to film themselves dancing.

In the UAE, vlogger Khalid al-Ameri may be charged under the Federal Penal Code and a traffic law after he was seen recording his own version of the Kiki challenge in Abu Dhabi.