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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Thousands of men, women and children have accepted the challenge. We rounded up some of our favorites to share with you right here.

Here are some of our favorite Kylo Ren Challenge posts:

#kylorenchallenge you say, Internet? Challenge accepted! ??

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#kylorenchallenge #slim #nogain

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felt cute in this, idk might delete later #kylorenchallenge

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Cause @johnmayer said so ??? #kylorenchallenge #kyloren #gioren

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My entry for the #kylorenchallenge

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Figured I'd start the new year with the #kylorenchallenge #kyloren #meme #happynewyear

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#kylorenchallenge @johnmayer ?: @derrekevans

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#kylorenchallenge • • • • • • • See The Last Jedi for reference.

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Terminaré lo que @JohnMayer comenzó… #KyloRenChallenge #SorryDad #KyloRen

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Ending my 2017 with the #kylorenchallenge

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First Order, whomst? @johnmayer #kylorenchallenge #starwars

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Kylo ren challenge! #benswolo #thatsnomoon #massiveobjectapproching #kylorenchallenge

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Also babies got in on the fun which is adorable.

#kylorenchallenge На хайпе, в некотором роде

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Challenge accepted @johnmayer #kylorenchallenge

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And some very sexy women:

GenderBen Swolo. Ringing in the New Year with memes. Who would’ve thought my first crop top cosplay would be this? “I will be swole as you were, Grandfather.” ********* You should’ve seen the look on Obi’s face when I asked him to take this photo. He was incredulous. As you probably are now. Do not deny the power of the memes. Also, it was fun practicing my photoshop + makeup skills. ********* This is all in good fun. Adam Driver was fantastic in TLJ and there’s nothing wrong with his looks. Those high waisted pants though….those were something. [Edit: I was informed about @johnmayer ’s #kylorenchallenge and although I didn’t intend to participate I definitely am) . . . #benswolo #kyloren #bensolo #swoleaf #maytheswolebewithyou #genderbender #cosplay #cosplayer #tlj #starwars #episode8 #thelastjedi #kylorencosplay #photoshop #lookatmahskills #bensolocosplay #powerofthedarkside #femkylo #femkylorencosplay #femkyloren

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