I’m starting to long for the days when the internet was fighting over a dress. I first saw someone talking about the Charlie Charlie Challenge (also put under the hashtag “Real Charlie Challenge” or just “Charlie Challenge) on Instagram and I really hoped it was a hoax, but apparently, this unbelievably stupid idea has gone viral. So being the social media addict that I am, I took to warning my dear Instagram friends and am now doing the same for this blog.
So here are 3 Reasons Why Doing the Charlie Charlie Challenge is a very bad idea, even if you’re doing it for laughs. These reasons are pretty relevant and true regardless of whether or not you believe in demons.
1) It’s fake.
Okay, so you want to summon a Mexican demon and the guy’s name is Charlie? It’s already sounding fake enough as is because a real Mexican demon would choose a name like Carlos or Carlito’s. Not to mention that the whole pencil thing is just a matter of physics.
2) Demons are real.
Whether or not you believe me, the reality is still there. I’m not saying that it’s like Supernatural or Buffy where demons lurk in every corner. But to quote my favorite show, you are playing in some serious traffic here. You are dabbling in things way beyond your understanding out of some need to control your environment and other people. I mean, one of my Instagram friends told me that a hater tried to summon a demon to kill them. And before you think this is all kid stuff, I have three words for you: Slender Man Murders. Souls are slippery things, sad to say, and the devil would love nothing more than for people to give theirs to him for little to nothing.
3) You have better things to do.
I can understand wanting to experiment with magic. I think we all had phases where we played with tarot cards or tried casting a spell. Heck, my mom once told me she and her friends used to play around with a pseudo-Ouija game. We do these things because we are curious or bored or want to unleash some kind of petty vengeance.
But you know what these desires all have in common? They’re all shortcuts or quick fixes. And sadly, there are no such thing as a real quick fix for problems. As it was often said in Once Upon a Time: “All magic comes with a price.”
There are better ways to know the future, deal with our problems, and find out if the guy in our English class will be your future husband that don’t involve demons.
And just for good measure, I’ll leave y’all with the prayer of St. Michael.
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
PS: Dear MTV, I knew you started sucking when you stopped doing TRL, but promoting demon summoning to bandwagon on the Charlie Charlie Challenge? You’ve officially sunk to a whole new low.