Thousands of Shirtless Dudes Accept John Mayer’s Viral ‘Kylo Ren Challenge’

Thousands of Shirtless Dudes Accept John Mayer’s Viral ‘Kylo Ren Challenge’

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We never thought we would be starting 2018 blogging about John Mayer but here we are and that is what’s actually happening. The singer shared a photo of himself shirtless on Instagram Saturday evening for a new challenge that is slowly taking over social media — the Kylo Ren Challenge.

The objective? Men are posing shirtless while wearing high-waisted pants inspired by Adam Driver‘s scene in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The film’s director, Rian Johnson, called the scene a “beefcake moment”:

It’s all about those Force connection scenes. The keyword being intimacy. And the idea that this was a way to just, why not step that up? The idea that, what’s even more uncomfortable having a conversation face to face with a person you don’t want to, as if they’re half-naked during it, while you’re having to do it. And so it was just another way of kind of disrobing Kylo literally and figuratively a little bit more, and pushing that sense of these conversations becoming increasingly more intimate.

Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) shirtless in “The Last Jedi”

During filming, Adam Driver’s physique was particularly photogenic, so the director decided to get him shirtless for a scene to show it off.

Johnson explained, “Adam looks so damn good because he’d been training hardcore for the past six months for those fight scenes. I’m like, ‘Eh. He looks so good. We should put him up there.’”

John Mayer decided to mimic the “beefcake moment” himself on social media Saturday night, sharing a selfie of himself in high-waisted black pants with the simple caption : #kylorenchallenge.”

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