I don’t know about you, but I’ve just about had ENOUGH of the Ice Bucket Challenge.
I’m not knocking the great things that have come from individuals dumping buckets of ice water on their heads–like awareness for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and lots of money raised for the ALS Association. But what I am knocking is the fact that I can no longer scroll through my Facebook feed without seeing another annoying video, and in half of said videos, the person being filmed doesn’t even know why they’re about to undergo this weird version of waterboarding–they just know it’ll get a lot of ‘Likes’ on Facebook.
Bringing the challenge to an even NEWER level of annoyance and outrageousness (at least, for me?) is the fact that Justin Davidson, 28, proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Shelby Muha, 31, during the filming of their very own Ice Bucket Challenge.
Yep, that’s right! You can now take advantage of muscle-crippling diseases to make super cute home videos! Right on!
If you aren’t familiar with the Ice Bucket Challenge, it’s a social campaign intended to raise money for ALS, or Lou Gherig’s Disease, through individuals ‘nominating’ their friends on Facebook or Instagram to either dump a bucket of ice water on their heads, or donate $100 to the ALS Association.
In perhaps, what I’d like to call, The Most Awkward Engagement Ever, Davidson waits behind Muha on a bent knee as she calls out her ‘nominations.’ Once Muha realizes, “OMG, HE’S PROPOSING,” (and is obviously super shocked and surprised, because she just didn’t expect this!) she lowers to his level, and he dumps a bucket of ice water on her head.
The couple, who are both teachers in Manhattan, Kansas, still manage to complete the challenge–never mind the fact that you can never hear whether or not Davidson actually asks, “Will you marry me?” or just kneels there dumbly with a ring. Then, Muha calls him a ‘turd’ (awww, young love), and then we get to watch them ‘hug’ for like 30 seconds too long.
Do I sound bitter? Maybe because I am a little bit. As ‘cute’ as Davidson’s idea was, they don’t once mention ALS, or encourage any of their ‘friends’ to donate money to the ALS Association.
To me, this is just another example of how people are using what is supposed to be a charitable campaign for their own personal gain.
But all the best to the happy couple!