These past few days, Facebook and Instagram have been dominated with black and white photos as women from all over the world, celebrity or not, started posting photos of themselves with a simple caption that reads: “Challenge Accepted”.
As of now, around 3.7 million photos have been posted on Instagram using the hashtag #ChallengeAccepted.
According to some reports, this challenge started in 2016 which was aimed to create awareness for the battle against c4ncer. There is also speculation that the recent speech of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez where she called out Representative Ted Yoho for making sexist remarks against her which led to more posts about female empowerment that make it easier for the challenge to resurface again.
However, there are some who insisted that the recent version of this challenge began as a protest against vi0lence done to Turkish women. The black and white photos also meant to mimic the victims of femicide in the Eurasian country after the murd3r happened to a 27-year-old student, Pinar Gultekin. A certain Turkish woman took to Twitter to explains what this post is all about, saying this was to “stand in solidarity with the women we have lost. To show that one day, it could be their picture that is plastered across news outlets.” Several posts keep coming to Turkey using the hashtags #istanbulsozlesmesiyasatir and #kadinasiddetehayir which means “enforce the Istanbul convention” and “say no to vi0lence against women.”
The challenge also created a big confusion for some people as it didn’t give a lot of information or context about the reason why it was promoting.
Though critics said this is nothing more than a poor excuse to post a hot selfie, there are still some who participated in the challenge as they want to show their solidarity and express their intention to further empower women. But we know there is a deep meaning in it because we can’t take on a challenge without knowing why we are doing it.
What can you say about this? Do you post your selfie in the Black and White Challenge? Kindly share your comments, reactions, and thoughts with us.