In the latest challenge to go viral on TikTok, people are placing their phones in their back pockets to capture what’s going on behind them. The “Back Pocket Challenge” aims to catch peeping Toms and more.
While the challenge has been around for a few months, it’s going viral once again. Currently, #Backpocketchallenge has over 37 million views on TikTok.
Typically, users aim to catch people who are looking where they shouldn’t or doing something they shouldn’t be doing. In the challenge, people start recording on their phones and then place them in their back pocket to get a view of what’s going on behind them.
Usually, people do the challenge in public settings to see if they can catch someone checking them out from behind. One woman did the challenge while walking around Walmart and was shocked to record what appears to be a man taking photos of her with his flash on.
Caught in the Act
Like many TikTok challenges, this one isn’t going viral without its own criticisms. Many are claiming that it’s not right to record others without their permission. They also claim that accusing anyone of being a creep for looking at someone is unfair because that person could just be looking around or zoning out in public.
One TikTok user, Justice Shepard, found himself “caught” in a viral TikTok. When another completed her Back Pocket Challenge video, she recorded Shepard looking directly at the camera. She didn’t accuse him of anything inappropriate, but she did call him cute. He responded to his appearance on the TikTok by saying he was already in a relationship but happy to be friends with the user who recorded him.
Others are taking advantage of TikTok’s many creative tools to photoshop some secretive creepers into their videos. One user began her video like many others, saying no one would believe what she caught during her attempt at the challenge. Instead of recording real people, she photoshopped celebrities like Zac Efron into her TikTok.