Women are using a Halsey song to describe the moment they reached their breaking points.
This sometimes dark and heavy new TikTok trend is also cathartic. For the #NightmareChallenge, people lip-sync to Halsey’s 2019 hit “Nightmare.” The song calls out sexist expectations for women and how speaking out against them can result in women being labeled a “nightmare.” Now it’s an emotional new meme.
Halsey released “Nightmare” in 2019 as a stand-alone single to critical acclaim.
“As soon as a woman becomes opinionated or outspoken or in any way or rejects the expectations you have of her, then she’s a nightmare,” Halsey told Rolling Stone of the song.
Some of the lyrics are, “Come on, little lady, give us a smile / No, I ain’t got nothin’ to smile about / I got no one to smile for, I waited a while for / A moment to say I don’t owe you a goddamn thing.”
The #NightmareChallenge on TikTok
In the challenge, women lip-sync to the song’s lyrics. They also share tragic and intimate moments where they’ve had to stand up to people who have hurt them.
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