The #KyloRenChallenge Is The Natural Evolution Of The Last Jedi’s Best Meme

The #KyloRenChallenge Is The Natural Evolution Of The Last Jedi’s Best Meme

Thanks to Rian Johnson, Adam Driver, and, strangely enough, John Mayer, the whole internet is getting in on the glory of high-waisted pants.

Whether or not you’ve seen The Last Jedi, you’ve almost certainly seen Kylo Ren without a shirt on. The visage of Adam Driver’s menacing and pathetic villain, in those high-waisted space baddie pants, his pale abs for everyone to see, went viral within days of the film opening. It’s easy to see why. That look, combined with Ren’s deep self seriousness, is just good humour.

Last night, musician John Mayer, a man who has never rejected a chance to appear shirtless, decided to imitate Ren’s weird fashion choices with an image on Instagram he tagged the #kylorenchallenge.


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The internet, naturally, has taken Mr. Mayer up on his Star Wars-inspired gauntlet throwing.

There are, of course, people taking the challenge pretty straight, posting their own take on the “silly, awkward pose in high-waisted pants” motif.

@johnmayer this is my brother #kylorenchallenge

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Starting 2018 with #kylorenchallenge. Happy new years, folks!

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But I’m much fonder of the riffs on the original, or the invocation of other figures from pop culture eager to get in on the challenge. For instance, Son Goku, champion of earth:

#kylorenchallenge @johnmayer

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Or even R2-D2:

Though, naturally, my favourite is this one, which takes the original and just punches it up a notch:

Dying!! ???? #kylorenchallenge #lego #starwars #thelastjedi

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Poor Ben. This kind of thing never would have happened to your grandfather.