Yesterday was Thanksgiving, and while ~some~ of us were fighting off the meat sweats, Taylor Swift was taking a time out from writing “Mrs. Wheelchair Jimmy” on her notebooks to post a Mannequin Challenge with some of her fellow middle school Cool Kids.
The cast of Taylor’s Mannequin Challenge included her little brother Austin Swift, Todrick Hall, Martha Hunt, Lily Donaldson, and Leah McCarthy. If your brain just did a few reps of “who?“, the answers are: YouTube star/Broadway performer, model, model, and person that even Google couldn’t really come up with an answer.
The other person featured is “Dr. Jari,” who is apparently a doctor of physical therapy. I have no idea how she knows Taylor Tot, but at least she can move! Literally the only person earning their paycheck in that video is Todrick. His pose was correct and his dance moves were good. But Dr. Jari can break it down. I wonder if Taylor is the type to call up her doctor on Thanksgiving because her hip is feeling stiff and then promise that she’ll totaaaaaally make it worth their while, by which she means “you can be in my Mannequin Challenge video.”
Despite a team of stylists, production assistants, editors, 2 filters, and a professional camera man strapped to a crane on top of a dolly, this video was still a mess. All of the good Mannequin Challenges I’ve seen (yes, I hear myself!) have, you know, made sense. There’s been some kind of cohesive theme. But this…..what are they even DOING? Why are some of them pointing? Who told them they had any business dancing in public?
And yes, the jokes about a group of people this wooden and/or plastic failing miserably at being mannequins do write themselves. Not that this is an easy target, but even USA Today reported the breaking news with the headline “Taylor Swift did the Mannequin Challenge so it’s over now.” I’m taking that as shade.
Here’s some more pics of Taylor’s Thanksgiving perfect friend-stravaganza.