The #abuelachallenge Brings the Laughs We Need Right Now

Lead Photo: Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
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The best bops bring viral dance challenges, and with perreo hits, the moves are usually—and rightfully—booty-oriented. But the game has officially changed with “Safaera,” Bad Bunny’s epic tribute a la vieja escuela del reggaetón. The game focus is now no longer on butts, as the original #safaerachallenge indicated. Socials are now filling up with clips of abuelas reacting to the track’s, well, very literally booty-oriented lyrics.

Responses range from wide-eyed surprise, jaw drops and even a chancla warning. The specific line their listening sessions center on, of course, is the one about… we’ll let you listen for yourself. Abuelas who start out dancing, though, tend to briefly stop to laugh when they catch Benito’s proclamation—then they keep on dancing. We can’t decide which abuela response is funnier.

In times of crisis and quarantine, the #abuelachallenge is a hilarious blessing.

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Bad Bunny posted an apology on his Instagram stories to the abuela that started it all—but of course, his sharing spread the word, and thus generated more #abuelachallenge videos.

Do keep in mind, however, that social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic especially applies to our elders—so if you’re going to attempt your own #abuelachallenge, please take precautions, regardless of whether or not you’re symptomatic. Our abuelxs are precious and should be protected as such.

But we can’t lie: It’s so funny to watch them freak out at sexually explicit lyrics. Below our some of our favorite reactions so far:

Cleaning as coping.

She’s down for the cause.

Ay, que no se entera el nene.

Someone’s mother-in-law was also targeted.

Why stop dancing now?

“Nope.” — this abuela