If you’re on TikTok, then you’ve probably heard of the Silhouette Challenge that took off a few weeks ago. For those who want to take part in it, though, many have said to be careful before doing so.
In these videos, users start off by wearing baggy or comfortable clothing, like a sweatshirt and leggings, or sweatpants, and will walk a doorway as if they are walking into a room. When the beat drops, the setting changes to show a sultry silhouette of the user behind a red background (using TikTok’s “Vin Rouge” filter) as they pose or dance with little to no clothing.
All of the videos are also set to a mashup of Paul Anka’s song, “Put Your Head On My Shoulder,” and Doja Cat’s song, “Streets,” created by TikTok user @giuliadinicolantonio.
Similar to the “Buss It” and “Body” challenges that went viral prior to this one, the Silhouette Challenge became a trend for creators, and even celebrities, to embrace their bodies and feel empowered, but that fun soon became short lived.
BuzzFeed News reported that several videos on YouTube began circulating with tutorials on how to remove the red filter. A number of these come from editing or hacking-based accounts and can still be viewed on YouTube.
Tutorials also started spreading around Twitter, with some accounts taking requests to edit these videos and shaming the users in them; those accounts have since been suspended.
Additionally, a subreddit dedicated to removing the filter called r/SilhouetteUnfiltered showed the edited videos as well. Reddit has since banned the community, citing that it violated Reddit’s rules against involuntary pornography.
Warnings on TikTok
Following the news of these edits, warnings began going around TikTok to warn their fellow creators about the possibility of people editing their videos.
TikTok user and photographer @lostvsnryshots used the trend’s audio to get the word out to let current and future participants know that anyone can easily revert their filtered videos back to the original.
“Just be sure you’re being cognisant of what you’re wearing before you do all the editing for the final product,” she said.
Several people in her comments section thanked her for her warning.
“You’re a queen for this info,” one user said.
“I had no idea,” another said.
@lostvsnryshots’s follow-up post showed people from the previous video’s comment section, calling her a “buzzkill” and saying she “ruined the challenge and the fun.” She also explained that she would not share tutorials on how to remove the filter.
“Unfortunately, the world is not all sunshine and rainbows and full of genuine people,” she said. “There are a lot of people out there who will take those extra steps to make your life hell.”
“This is how we do it, women and girls watching out for each other,” someone commented under the follow-up post.
Other TikTok users and creators have also started spreading more warnings to get the word out to more people.
Always remember to be wary of what you post online. And if you took part in this challenge or planned to, be careful of what you wear to stay safe.