Tyler’s Take: The #SwitchItUpChallenge

VH1 Switch It Up.jpeg

Posted By: Tyler Beltz (Metro Rise Host)
Source: VH1 

Yup, believe it or not…People are still trying to get over the Mannequin Challenge (the one featuring that song  by Rae Sremmurd “Black Beatles.”

“That girl is a real crowd pleaser. Small world, all her friends know of me. Young bull livin’ like an old geezer.” 

The latest trend is the #SwitchItUpChallenge featuring heterosexual couples swapping outfits and taking a side-by-side pic of them before and after the clothing swap.

But the challenge is causing controversy when it comes to people who identify within the LGBTQ+ community. This challenge brings up the conversation of many different things such as sexual orientation, gender bending, masculinity and femininity.

Tyler’s Take: I honestly think this challenge is whack and very insensitive to couples that identify as gay or lesbian or to be even broader — couples who dress the same as each other (i.e. a person who is born as a male, and is dating a person who is born as a male, and both people dress as “standard” for what society views appropriate for men’s clothing). So yeah, yeah, yeah — some people view this as all fun and games, but it brings up a wide variety of topics that raise eyebrows for many because it either hits close to home or they’re too immature, or ignorant to handle this type of conversation. So if you’re choosing to participate in this conversation I hope you have the respect and maturity to actually talk to somebody who this challenge may offend and see what their take on it is and maybe, just maybe you’ll get a better understanding of societal views on gender roles, sexual orientation and expression and self identity.

What are your thoughts Metro Rise nation? Is this just fun and games or has this latest trend sweeping the net gone too far? Let me know by commenting below or reach out to me on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @TheTylerBeltz.

 

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