Just when you thought online stunts couldn’t get any more boneheaded than “The Tide Pod Challenge,” here comes condom snorting.
Yes, it seems that teens have graduated from poisoning themselves by eating Tide laundry detergent pods to snorting condoms up their nostrils and pulling the prophylactics out of their mouths. It’s called, predictably, “The Condom Challenge.”
Of course, these acts are all done to get noticed, if only for a few minutes, on YouTube. Because, well, what else is there?
The condom snorting craze has sent media outlets into an faux frenzy. USA Today declared: “The ‘condom snorting challenge’ is every parent’s worst nightmare.”
And the venerable Washington Post ran this headline: “In case you missed the ‘condom-snorting challenge’ — and didn’t know it’s a bad idea.”
Yes, snorting condoms probably isn’t the brightest thing to do. Thanks WaPo.
Tide has faced lawsuits, mainly because kids — as in babies and toddlers, not teens — eat the irresistibly colorful pods, which do resemble delicious candies, and get hurt. But Trojan and other condom-makers shouldn’t have much to worry about.
When it comes to intentional misuse of a product, it doesn’t get much clearer than condom snorting.
What’s more disturbing, though, is that “The Condom Challenge” has been around for years.
In April 2013, BuzzFeed ran a story about the stunt, telling readers: “If you don’t know already, the condom challenge is when you snort a condom up your nose and pull it out of your mouth. Ewwwwwww.”
Why the challenge has resurfaced in 2018 remains a mystery. Perhaps it’s just another cyclical trend. Or maybe it’s part of a larger, nefarious effort to distract the public from more important news.