Filipino American service members of the United States Air Force gave their own version of the viral “Don’t Rush Me Challenge.”
Using the song “Bebot” by Black Eyed Peas’ Fil-Am member Apl.De.Ap, these service members go from their civilian attire to their various Air Force uniforms.
Senior master sergeant Eddie Grant originated the “Bebot Challenge.”
“This idea started in a Facebook group I’m a part of called Filipino American airmen. We’re well over 4,000 strong in the group. And normally during this time with it being Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, many of us are celebrating in groups, having festivities. But due to COVID-19, we can’t really do that so I figured this would be a cool way to show our culture, our beauty and do it virtually.”
From the enlisted to the officers — Grant was able to feature Fil-Am airmen and airwomen all over the world while he is stationed in Japan.
“No matter what career field in the air force you’ll find Filipino Americans there whether it be pilots who fly the planes, maintainers who fix the planes, or all other jobs supporting you name the career field and you’ll find Filipino Americans there.”
Grant said he woke up to the news that Apl.de.Ap shared the Bebot Challenge which helped the view count reach over a million.
“To see apl.De.Ap share the video, it was a real incredible feeling but the most incredible feeling is the fact that Filipino American airmen are now a thing of the world. It took just one week to get one million views for the whole world to see the beauty of Filipino American culture and that for me is probably the most incredible thing of this whole entire experience.”
Grant recently released the Bebot challenge part II — where more Filipino service members are featured, along with the first Fil-Am to reach the rank of general in the Air Force retired brigadier, General Cary Chun.
The video begins with special messages from mixed martial arts champion and Air Force veteran Brandon Vera and Apl.de.Ap thanking all Filipinos serving in each of the Armed Forces.
Senior master Sergeant Grant also invites other branches to create their own version of the Bebot Challenge.