TikTok trend explained: 'Mama said it was okay'

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If you've been waiting for permission to try something new, then this may be your chance.

TikTok's latest trend involves users explaining what they've allowed themselves to do, because "mama said it was okay".

Stills of various people taking part in the 'Mama says it's ok' trend on TikTok. Source: TikTok
The trend uses music by Lukas Graham. Source: TikTok

What is the actual trend on TikTok?

Videos participating in this trend use a snippet of Lukas Graham's 2014 hit Mama Said and feature users stating something they do now or used to do as a child which was frowned upon for various reasons.

When the lyrics: "Out to play ball so we could ruin them," play, the user will explain the scenario they are referring to in writing on the screen. 

When the lyrics: "When mama said that it was okay/ Mama said that it was quite alright" plays, they show their reason for thinking their actions are acceptable. 

For example, in one video a woman plays out an example of her as a kid with braces on her teeth, knowing she wasn't allowed gum but telling her babysitter she was.

In the video, she hold up a packet of gum with playing the role of her babysitter, with writing on the screen reading: "My babysitter: are you sure your mum said you could have this?".

Then, when the lyrics saying "Mama said it was okay", start playing, she switches over to playing the role of her eight-year-old self, nodding along to the lyrics.

In other videos TikTokers will use the trend to respond to questions people may ask them about their behaviours with photos of celebrities doing the same thing.

TikTok user @oliviaeig, for example, responds to the question: "Why do you wear heels when you are already tall" with a series of photos of supermodel Kendall Jenner also wearing heels.

Biggest videos of the trends so far

There are over 466,000 videos that use the music so far, with the most popular video amassing over eight million likes.

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Why is it so popular on TikTok?

Like many TikTok trends, the music used is just a gateway to sharing a funny moment or commonly shared feelings or experience with people to express themselves.

The experiences referenced in this trend are quite wide-ranging including everything from childhood memories to explanation of why people wear or do certain things currently.

So next time you're not sure about something — mama said it was okay!

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