The Cleveland Cavaliers Won the Mannequin Challenge—With Some Help From the First Lady
If there’s one thing we can all be grateful for toward the end of a challenging year, it is the abundance of celeb “internet challenge” videos.
The Cleveland Cavaliers visited the White House on Thursday to celebrate their win at the 2016 NBA Championship. There, they received honors from President Obama, presented the president with his own Cavaliers jersey, and filmed the most epic #MannequinChallenge video to date.
After the official ceremony, Michelle Obama took over and posed with the Cavs for one of the most epic Mannequin Challenge videos to date.
The mannequin challenge requires not only a steady cameraman, but a group of people who are capable of freezing completely for about one minute. The Cavs, Michelle Obama and White House staff stood perfectly still mid-high five, mid-selfie and even mid-taking care of business on cell phones (work doesn’t stop even though the video may stop time).
The Cavs posted the video to Facebook saying, “Freezing our White House visit in time forever with the First Lady!”
It was viewed over 2.8 million times in less than 24 hours.
Although other NBA teams have also partaken in the mannequin challenge, it’s impossible to beat the champions when they’ve got the First Lady.
At the official Cavaliers ceremony, President Obama joked, “That's right. I said world champion and Cleveland in the same sentence.” Obama later praised the Cavs, specifically Kevin Love and LeBron James, for using their platform as professional athletes to draw attention to political causes.