TikTok star does embarrassing dares in public to sort out anxiousness – from procuring at Chanel in pyjamas to pretending to be a time traveller in McDonald’s

When was the last time you did something embarrassing in public? You’re probably thinking of the time when you stumbled on the street, didn’t find your Oyster card on the subway gates fast enough or piled it up while walking to your pub table, right?

Oh the shame.

If your cheeks are on fire just remembering the last time you did something terrible, you may want to draw your attention to TikTok.

Olamide Grace, 22, has built a following of 140,000 people doing deeply embarrassing things in public, and her mission is to prove that the things we find shameful are really not worth stressing about become.

In one video, she goes shopping – no less in Chanel – wearing pink pajamas and a bathrobe. In another, she wears a white coat and goes to Central London McDonald’s and pretends to be a time traveler whose time machine she sent her to 2021.

In her most daring stunt, Olamide wore a bathrobe while trying on a Chanel bag

Next week she plans to frolic around London in a ball gown just for fun. It’s enough to create an introverted (silent) scream – but as Olamides videos show, the Londoners around them really don’t care. Most of them share a laugh or a quick look before moving on.

While Olamide’s videos may seem like a series of public pranks on a superficial level, their content has a deeper purpose.

Discussions about shame and fear are the order of the day at TikTok. Videos of people getting angry or ashamed of everyday interactions like ordering food or reading in front of class are viewed millions of times.

Olamide’s videos are an antidote to our collective shame: She tells My London that she wants to prove how little other people actually care about the seemingly “embarrassing” things that frighten us every day.

Ironically, Olamide got the idea to take the risk when she was struck by a wave of public shame: “I was taking pictures of my outfit in public and I was aware that people were looking at me. I was embarrassed.

In another clip, she pretends to be a time traveler

“I was upset that I was embarrassed and all the embarrassment my friends were talking about on TikTok and videos about it. So I asked people to trust me to do the things they were ashamed of. and film them.

She continues, “Embarrassment is a social construct. I want to show people that you can do anything you want in public because nobody really cares. “

This video blew up and garnered more than three million views in just a few days. “The most popular comment was one that told me to pretend to be a time traveler at McDonalds, so I did that. I think people were surprised that I actually went through it. It felt liberating. “

The response was overwhelming. Comments like “This is how I try to be”, “When I saw this I felt confident” and “You are my inspiration” litter their posts.

The TikTok star’s online fan base is growing rapidly

The friendly messages encourage Olamide to keep going. “A woman with a health problem told me that because of her condition, she walked differently,” she explains. “When she saw my videos, she realized that she doesn’t care what people think of her walk. Another girl said that watching my videos gave her the confidence to compliment someone. “

Of course there were a few naysayers. “Some people said that the people around me were quietly judging me,” she says. ‘So what? Five people around me might judge me, five might think it’s really cool. It does not matter. As long as you don’t hurt anyone, other people’s opinions shouldn’t affect what you do. “

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While some of her stunts are done for sheer shock value, others are simple things like eating alone or dancing in the street. “So many people in the comments said they were scared of going to dinner alone and that is sad. I hope people can see that none of these things are really embarrassing. “

Typically, TikTok attracts a young audience. Around 25 percent of users are teenagers, although in reality that number is likely to be higher if underage users lie about their age. The pandemic has had a particularly severe impact on the mental health of young people. Over two-thirds of those surveyed by YoungMinds said the pandemic will have long-term negative effects on their mental health.

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While Olamide’s fearless public stunts are unlikely to solve the mental health problems of young people overnight, she hopes their content will reduce the shame and stigma of her viewers.

“Changing the way you see yourself is the first step in getting help,” she explains. “Social anxiety is a real thing, but some things that people feel embarrassed about shouldn’t feel that way. I hope my videos give people the confidence to do you and be you because nobody really cares. “

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