What is the Ice Bucket Challenge?
If you regularly go on any type of social media website, you most likely know what the Ice Bucket Challenge is. However, unlike previous viral challenges such as the Alcohol Challenge or the Cinnamon Challenge, the Ice Bucket Challenge actually has a point. The idea was first started by the ALS Association
- an organization dedicated to raising awareness about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease). The Ice Bucket Challenge basically entails nominating friends and family to film themselves pouring buckets of ice water on their bodies. The catch? If you don't accept the challenge within 24 hours, you're supposed to donate $100 to the ALS Association. Unless you're Charlie Sheen, of course.
With so much negative speculation constantly clouding the EDM scene, it's refreshing to see DJs going out of their way to support a good cause. After all, who better to motivate you to get up and help out a charity than your favorite DJ? Here are a few DJs who have accepted the nomination so far. Check out the creative ways in which they've chosen to spread awareness and who they challenged next!
Here's Martin Garrix, buried in sand for some reason, nominating the king of the Netherlands.
Tiesto reminding everybody that he's one of the world's highest paid DJs while being showered by a golden ice bucket and surrounded by bikini-clad girls. Nothing says classy like champagne showers.
While Calvin Harris
left his video short and simple, for some odd reason I just can't stop hitting the replay button...
took a different approach to the Ice Bucket Challenge and decided to cut straight to the chase. 3lau's friend, Jay Smith, was recently diagnosed with ALS and started a foundation called Every 90 Minutes
Will you be taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge?
While the ALS Association has definitely been successful in spreading the word about ALS, their methods have received some criticism. Although DJs can afford to do the Ice Bucket Challenge as well as donate, most people see the challenge as a ruse to get out of donating money. While this may be true, it's still a genius way to spread awareness by preying on everyone's desire to post videos of themselves doing wacky stuff.
On the other hand, if you live in places such as California which is currently experiencing a severe drought, taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge may be beneficial for ALS but harmful to your environment. So if you want to donate to help fight ALS but don't like the idea of dousing yourself in ice water or
your city is facing a drought, you can follow 3lau's footsteps and donate here