Move over orange peels, ketchup is on the books for partners to figure out whether their relationship works or not.
People have vague and bizarre ways of testing their love and thanks to TikTok, vivid challenges are surfacing leaving partners to question their relationships. After the fancy orange theory, people have come up with a ketchup challenge to see whether they’re with the right partneror not. The idea is simple: a partner drops or spills ketchup on the table counter and asks their male partner to clean it up for them. Various TikTokers are going bonkers and can’t wait to try the challenge. What seems like an unusual request seems to be challenging for partners. @bizwithamina shared a video where she experimented with the challenge on her partner.
She spilled some ketchup on the counter and asked her partner to clean it up. He very willingly agreed. The man came into the frame, looked over at the spilled ketchup and grabbed tissues to clean it up. He very gently kept cleaning the counter tissue after tissue till there were no traces of the ketchup. He went two steps ahead and used a cleansing spray followed by a cleansing liquid to perfectly clean the counter leaving it spotless. This was one of the impressive yet expected outcomes of the challenge. People were stunned at the calm and extra effort the man put into cleaning the counter and deemed their relationship to be perfect.
Others had mixed opinions about a man merely helping clean or worse, a partner just spilling ketchup for no good reason. @rondo3670 said, “I wouldn’t have a problem cleaning my girlfriend’s genuine spill but if she does this, she’s cleaning it up herself.” @loganbruneau revealed the bizarreness of the trend by comparing it with a similar task and said, “I'll deflate my girlfriend’s tire and make her change it, all while antagonizing her. It’s a simple task.” @avallmiller said, “I love how men don’t even question it. They’re told to clean and they start cleaning.” However, it’s not all the same reaction from every partner. Others have had quite different scenarios.
Another woman, @katherinee310_, shared a video of her partner accepting the challenge. He took the tissue and instead of cleaning up the ketchup, was wiping it in circles, spreading it and making the counter messier. Either the guy genuinely didn’t know how to clean up the ketchup or he was just upset, there was no confirmation of the same but users were not happy. Seeing this weirdly unwanted reaction to the trend evoked quite a few comments. There was a debate on whether the man should be called out for spreading the ketchup or praised for actually ending up with a clean kitchen top.
While many titled the man’s method as “weaponized incompetence,” others said differently. @brianamontlouise said, “This isn’t weaponized incompetence. He did clean it just not in the way she would have.” @annagracemoore said, “He knows he’s doing it wrong, he just hopes you’re going to step in and do it for him.” While the purpose of the trend is to figure out whether one’s partner is willing to help, the different responses and reactions have caused more confusion than before. However, the ruthless internet keeps flashing its challenges and it’s an intriguingly amusing game of survival of the fittest.