At this point, you've surely heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge — extra points if you've participated or seen someone do it on the street. This summer's viral phenomenon is simple: If challenged, you either donate to the ALS Association, or you dump a bucket of ice water over your head. In either scenario, you challenge a friend (or a couple of friends) to do the same. Amidst all the excitement and squealing, it's easy to forget the cause behind the Ice Bucket Challenge. Whether you enter the challenge knowing about ALS or not, its chain effect has raised $41.8 million towards ALS research as of Aug. 21, according to the New York Times. That's pretty impressive.
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge hasn't come without raised eyebrows. Despite a drought in California, celebrities have taken to the Ice Bucket Challenge like fish to water — quite literally. Our favorite stars have embraced the challenge (and, undoubtedly, the social media exposure), passing it along to their other famous friends. Some celebrities have stood up for water conservation, though. Most notably, Kristen Stewart upped Anne Hathaway's challenge by using "dirty bath water," and asked others to be mindful of California water conservation.
Drought or no drought, you'll inevitably stumble upon a challenge or two when you scroll through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at the end of the day. Everyone from your high school friends to the Disney princesses have dumped buckets on their head. Hey, even the editor-in-chief of Vogue Anna Wintour sacrificed her perfectly symmetrical bob for it. As such, you'll also find some head-scratching challenges. Sure, most celebrities will nominate their co-stars when promoting a new film, or their significant others, or their brunch buddies. But, some of them dared to dream, and have challenged more aspirational contenders.
I've rounded up some of the more surprising (and random) celebrity ALS Ice Bucket Challenge nominations. However, one celebrity has been notably absent. So, I ask: WHY HAS NO ONE NOMINATED RYAN GOSLING?
Gwyneth Paltrow to Chris Martin
Despite having consciously uncoupled, Gwyneth Paltrow took the high road and nominated Chris Martin to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. Is this her way of proving she's cool with Martin's new flame?
Shia LaBeouf to Marina Abramovic
I mean, of course Shia LaBeouf would nominate performance artist Marina Abramovic. Abramovic's Ice Bucket Challenge will probably be featured at the MoMA in 2015.
Sarah Jessica Parker to Billy Eichner
I hope Sarah Jessica Parker's nomination of comedian Billy Eichner is a hint at a cameo in the next season of Billy on the Street .
Lindsay Lohan to Prince Harry
Aside from the obvious, the connection between Lindsay Lohan and the Prince of Wales is not apparent.
Martha Stewart to Blake Lively
So all that Preserve drama is water under the bridge — or, should I say, ice in the bucket?
Cristiano Ronaldo to Beyoncé
Firstly, it's surprising that Christiano Ronaldo was one of the first celebrities to call out Beyoncé (who has yet to respond to the Ice Bucket Challenge). What's even more charming: the way he (properly) pronounces Beyoncé, with emphasis on the accent.
Bill Gates to Ryan Seacrest
Do they hang out? What's the story behind this? I want answers.
Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan-Tatum to Meryl Streep
Hey, Channing Tatum is a real actor. He nominates only real actors. Here's hoping that Meryl Streep will not only accept the challenge, but also nominate her BFF.
Mark Wahlberg to Eminem
Marky Mark forever.
Emma Stone to Dame Maggie Smith
While we're waiting on Dame Maggie Smith to accept Emma Stone's challenge, we know that will be the viral video that ends all viral videos.
Justin Bieber to Barack Obama
He really wants that US citizenship...
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