What is the Hellmaxxing trend on TikTok? The viral craze explained
20 October 2021, 15:09
Here's what the Hellmaxxing trend on TikTok actually means.
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TikTok is truly a lawless place and now the trends and challenges are getting a little out of control.
Take last month, when the Devious Lick trend started trending on TikTok. The trend involved stealing menial and random items from school, but it soon became so widespread that one school had to warn its students that they would be arrested if they participated. This was followed by the even more problematic Slap a Teacher challenge, which required students to walk up to their teachers and slap them.
Well, as you know, TikTok never sleeps and now there's a new trend taking over the platform: the new Hellmaxxing trend. But what does it actually mean? Here's the trend explained.
What is the Hellmaxing trend on TikTok?
According to Urban Dictionary, hellmaxxing can be described as "obtaining a one-way ticket to hell by doing something incredibly bad, evil, or shameful". The idea is that someone would film a video doing something evil for TikTok in order to go to hell when they die. However, the trend itself isn't actually real and there appears to currently be no videos under the #hellmaxxing hashtag.
It all started on Monday (Oct 18), when Twitter user @wormwood_stars shared a screenshot from a news article from In The Know claiming that police in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, are concerned about the trend. The news article quickly went viral, but it was later debunked.
The headline read: "Parents have been warned about a new TikTok trend known as 'hellmaxxing'." The article then says that police and clergy are "concerned" and that teens taking part in the trend have been committing "so many sins even the devil won't have them".
However, the article is almost identical to a September 15th article about the Beaning TikTok trend, which saw teens empty cans of beans on people's doorsteps.
Further dispelling the article, Police Chief Fred Harran confirmed to Insider that the Bensalem Police Department had not issued any warning about the hellmaxxing trend. In fact, they were not even aware the trend is a thing.
Now that the whole thing has been declared an elaborate hoax, people are mocking the whole hellmaxxing hysteria and making memes.
Hellmaxxing by walking past all the houses in my neighborhood while muttering, "the wife in there, awooga" https://t.co/fuNarsxb2H— literary agent needing jerk (@rajandelman) October 18, 2021
luther: sin boldly— Mason Mennenga (@masonmennenga) October 19, 2021
gen z: hellmaxxing pic.twitter.com/BKjjCUiQSE
doing some light hellmaxxing before bed— 𝚞𝚗𝚑𝚘𝚕𝚢𝚛𝚘𝚕𝚕𝚎𝚛 (@rellortnocon) October 19, 2021
*youth pastor sitting backwards in chair* we need less HELLMAXXING and more CHRISTMAXXING— So I Married A Jacquesmurderer (@jephjacques) October 19, 2021
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