The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one's head to promote awareness of the disease - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral throughout social media during mid 2014.
The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and challenging others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.
Famous celebrities such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, David Beckham to CEO of companies and politician George W. Bush were seen supporting this campaign. In Asia, this campaign went viral with high profile celebrities taking part in this challenge. Andy Lau, Jay Chou, Mayday, Gem and Fala Chen had accepted this challenge. Korean famous celebrities such as Choi Si Won, Lee Seung-Gi and Miss A Suzy had accepted this challenge and nominated others to support this cause.
Running Man stars such as Lee Kwang Soo had accepted this challenge after being challenge by Jo In Sung. In turn, he nominated Kim Jong Kook to take up this challenge, which he gamely accepted. National MC and comedian Yoo Jae Suk, Leessang Gary, Haha and Ji Suk Jin were seen on the video participating in the Ice Bucket Challenge. The only person left to complete the Ice Bucket Challenge is Song Ji Hyo. Ji Suk Jin had nominated her for this challenge, however so far there has not being any video of her online accepting this challenge.
Many celebrities were spontaneous in creating awareness for this disease. Not only did they accepted the challenge, some choose to support this campaign by donating to the fund. In the hope to create more awareness and to raise fund for more research on this disease, it was indeed meaningful to support the Ice Bucket Challenge.
However, we need to keep in mind that we should respect the decision of each individual. President Osama did not accept this challenge, in my opinion it is understandable. There was no need for online criticism. In fact, we should keep an open mind regarding this issue.