The Most Graphic Social Media Trend Ever: Dead Pose Challenge!

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The #DeadPose craze has been sweeping South Africa, showing people being photographed while pretending to be dead. The trend has been criticized by many for going too far and for making light of a tragic topic.

Here is what we know about the worst social media trend so far:

The disturbing trend started on Facebook:

Images and videos that have emerged show victims pretending to have died in a number of morbid scenarios such as hanging themselves, being ‘hit by cars,’ and having fake axes in their necks.

Then it made its way on twitter and instagram as more recent additions got increasingly graphic.

High School student Karabo Mnisi, 19, who started the craze only a week ago has been inundated with pictures submitted by hundreds of online users adopting a variety of mortal poses.

Since then, the #DeadPose trend is gripping social media in South Africa and has prompted a storm of outrage and morbid curiosity.

One twitter user said: "These people are sick in the head."

"These people are inviting death into their own lives or the lives of their families," said another.

A furious resident of Soweto in the northern city of Johannesburg said: "I am speechless. People have lost their minds. Let's just leave them to die."

‘The next phase is going to be even more graphic if I don’t reach my aim,’

But Mnisi, the ambitious student from the capital Pretoria insisted he would not halt the craze until he had achieved his aim – to become South Africa’s most influential Feleb – facebook celebrity – with 40,000 followers, and warned the graphic content would only get worse until then.

‘The next phase is going to be even more graphic if I don’t reach my aim,’ he vowed.

Comments calling for Bontle to be prosecuted, deriding her actions as ‘satanic,’ ‘crazy and evil,’ ‘damaging her child,’ and ‘heartless’ streamed alongside the smartphone footage which has been shared thousands of times across facebook.

Actually, early examples were rather tame, with bodies twisted into awkward positions, free of any gore. 

Some of the Dead Pose photos still give a hint that they are a prank. In this image, a mask from the horror film Scream can be seen on the floor alongside fake blood.

But the disturbing trend doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon.

One man pretended he had been run over by a car and sprayed fake blood across its wheel to create the effect.

But some social media outlets have imposed a zero tolerance of the craze on their online contacts taking up the #DeadPose challenge and threatened to block or unfriend them if they join in.

But some social media outlets have imposed a zero tolerance of the craze on their online contacts taking up the #DeadPose challenge and threatened to block or unfriend them if they join in.
But some social media outlets have imposed a zero tolerance of the craze on their online contacts taking up the #DeadPose challenge and threatened to block or unfriend them if they join in.

If you didn't think the trend was grossly inappropriate already, it sure hell as is now!

Some of the most shocking Dead Pose images show women faking violent assaults. Violence against women is a common theme, troubling a number of critics.

And perhaps the most disturbing thing that came out of this trend so far is this video showing a toddler wailing over what he thought was his mother's dead body:

The mother of the distraught two year-old, who posted a 20 second clip of her child’s distress as she attempts to rouse her inert aunt on the floor, also remained defiant in the face of calls for her to be prosecuted and lose custody of the girl.

And experts are now warning that the craze has gone too far.

Cultural and traditional expert Matshediso Mothwalo said: "Death is never funny. When people pose as the dead they are attracting bad luck. In our culture we do not allow people to pose as dead because they not only call bad luck down on themselves but on their families too."

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