People are dragging the "offensive" Mugshot Challenge for glamorizing violence

6 April 2020, 17:26 | Updated: 6 April 2020, 17:36

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Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

"Violence isn't an aesthetic."

TikTok is the hub of the most creative and controversial challenges on the internet. The dangerous Skull Breaker Challenge hospitalised two teens earlier this year, while the problematic Ghetto Trend or Challenge received widespread backlash last year for perpetuating negative racial stereotypes. Now, the new Mugshot Challenge is the latest TikTok trend receiving widespread criticism.

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What is the Mugshot Challenge on TikTok?

Basically, TikTok users are making themselves look like criminals and are taking mugshot-style photos and videos. Some are using makeup to make themselves appear battered and bruised like they have been injured before being arrested. Others are simply smudging their existing makeup and adding fake blood. The subject then takes snaps against a plain background, sometimes holding up a sign, as if it were an actual mugshot.

Not one to miss out on the chance to show off his makeup skills, James Charles hopped on the trend, sharing photos of his seemingly bruised and battered mugshot photos on social media. However, the YouTuber received backlash for taking part in the trend.

People believe the Mugshot Challenge can be triggering for victims of domestic violence. It's also glamourising incarceration when it's a massive problem in the US, especially for people of colour.

James later clarified that he did not mean to trigger any domestic abuse survivors with his photos.

In response to a fan, he tweeted: "Hi babe, I’m so sorry that you went through something so awful and traumatic. it’s a TikTok trend going around where people post their 'mugshots' and has nothing to do with domestic violence whatsoever. Love you."

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