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Women warned to avoid TikTok’s Silhouette Challenge due to videos instructing men to REMOVE filter

Women on TikTok are being warned to think twice about participating in the app’s sexy Silhouette Challenge thanks to a crop of creepy men who are going to great lengths to edit the videos and unearth the nearly-nude shots hidden underneath.

The Silhouette Challenge has emerged as a way for women to embrace their sexuality without showing too much, by striking sexy poses — often in swimsuit or underwear — and then applying a shady red light filter that mostly hides their bodies but highlights their silhouettes.

But now several social media users are warning women that it’s not too difficult for men to violate them by removing the filter — and in fact, several YouTube videos have even popped up with step-by-step instructions explaining how to do it.

Ooh la la! Women who do the Silhouette Challenge on TikTok film themselves striking sexy poses — often nude or in underwear

They apply a shadowy red light filter that hides their bodies and shows off their silhouettes

They apply a shadowy red light filter that hides their bodies and shows off their silhouettes

The effect: They apply a shadowy red light filter that hides their bodies and shows off their silhouettes

Careful: But now men are posting instructions for removing the filter to unearth the potentially nude images underneath — and women like @lostvsnryshots are sharing warnings

Careful: But now men are posting instructions for removing the filter to unearth the potentially nude images underneath — and women like @lostvsnryshots are sharing warnings

The #silhouettechallenge has spawned hundreds of videos with over 231 million views on TikTok so far.

In most of the clips, a woman walks in front of the camera dressed in a frumpy outfit, like an oversized T-shirt, a bathrobe, pajamas, or sweats. 

She walks into a door frame and strikes a sexy pose — which is when the filter is added. The filter applies dark shadows to most of the screen, including the woman, but uses red-tinted light to show the outline of her body.

Most women change into something much more revealing for the filtered part of the video to better show off the outline of their figure — but thanks to the shadowy effect, their actual bodies are almost entirely obscured.

However, as BuzzFeed points out, lecherous men sitting at home have figured out a way to remove the filter.

TikToker @lostvsnryshots, a photographer, is now warning women to be careful what they post.

Gross: Several YouTube videos that have popped up with such instructions. One particularly popular video has 346,000 views, while others have tens of thousands of views apiece

Gross: Several YouTube videos that have popped up with such instructions. One particularly popular video has 346,000 views, while others have tens of thousands of views apiece

Most women assume that their own editing permanently hides what they don't want people to see — but some men don't have any qualms about violating them by removing the filter

Most women assume that their own editing permanently hides what they don't want people to see — but some men don't have any qualms about violating them by removing the filter

Most women assume that their own editing permanently hides what they don’t want people to see — but some men don’t have any qualms about violating them by removing the filter 

‘I keep seeing the Silhouette Challenge on my For You page, and even though they’re all really cute and creative and y’all look bomb in them, just make sure you’re being cognizant of what you’re wearing before you actually do all the editing for the final product.

‘Because anyone can easily take those images and revert them back to the original. So if you’re wearing a bra and panties, or if you’re nude, or whatever you did before you applied the editing to create that shadow look, just know that it’s really easy to just put it back to the original.’

Similar warnings have popped up on Facebook and Twitter.

Rolling Stone culture writer Ej Dickson tweeted: ‘Obviously not linking, but there are videos all over YouTube offering tutorials for how to “remove” the red filter for TikTok’s Silhouette Challenge, in which women dance nude or partially nude in silhouette. 

‘This is a huge consent violation and @YouTube should remove them ASAP,’ she added. 

There are, in fact, several YouTube videos that have popped up with such instructions. One particularly popular video has 346,000 views, while others have tens of thousands of views apiece.

Careful! Rolling Stone culture writer Ej Dickson tweeted her warning as well

Careful! Rolling Stone culture writer Ej Dickson tweeted her warning as well

Watch out: Yet another warning has popped up on Facebook from Unfit Christian blogger Danyelle Thomas

Watch out: Yet another warning has popped up on Facebook from Unfit Christian blogger Danyelle Thomas

Yet another warning has popped up on Facebook from Unfit Christian blogger Danyelle Thomas. 

‘Men are currently removing the vin rouge red filter from the silhouette challenge,’ she wrote. ‘This is readily happening across social media with little community violation response by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or TikTok.

‘When reminded that this is gross, creepy, and non-consenting, men respond that women are always finding ways to make themselves victims and they shouldn’t have been naked on the internet,’ she went on.

‘Yes, the same men going through extraordinary lengths to be creepy are finger wagging women about what they shouldn’t put on the internet. Because of all of the things men lack — including ethics and boundaries — they’re never short on audacity. 

‘This is when rape culture, misogyny, and patriarchal malarkey combine,’ she lectured.  


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