Like many of us stuck at home and glued to the internet, Len Martin was entranced by the sage of Tessica Brown, who recently had to fly to Los Angeles in order to have a plastic surgeon remove Gorilla Glue from her hair, as Blavity previously reported.
But Martin, who also lives in Louisiana like Brown, thought the 40-year-old woman was faking the seriousness of her problem and sought to disprove her videos, according to local news outlet BRProud.
Martin took to Facebook to share a video of himself putting Gorilla Glue on a plastic Solo cup and then licking it, all in an effort to show that Brown’s glue-related troubles were not that bad.
He was wrong.
Martin’s lip was glued to the cup and he had to go to the local emergency room to have it removed. In an exclusive, he spoke with BRProud about his ordeal and even shared a photo of himself at the hospital.
Martin said he was trying to create a “challenge” by putting the glue on the cup and attaching it to his face.
“Everyone is on social media, every day there is a new challenge, but I did not think it would go this far,” Martin said.
“This is not the challenge you want to try,” he added.
He told the news outlet that an ER doctor had to “peel” the cup from off of his lip and said the doctor told him he may have to have surgery to remove his lip entirely if it does not heal properly.
To ‘prove’ the Gorilla Glue Lady was lying, Len Martin, 37, recorded himself applying it to a red solo cup and attaching it to his lip. Martin showed up at an ER. If his wound doesn’t heal, he’ll require surgery to remove the top of his lip. pic.twitter.com/dgXQvW6Kvz
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As they did with Brown, Gorilla Glue released a statement reiterating that the glue is an adhesive meant for stone, metal and brick. It is not meant for your face or hair, they said again.
“Our spray adhesive states in the warning label, ‘Do not swallow, do not get in eyes, on skin or on clothing…’ It is used for craft, home, auto or office projects to mount things to surfaces such as paper, cardboard, wood, laminate and fabric,” the company said in a statement to BRProud.
Brown spent a month trying to remove the Gorilla Glue from her hair and went to the ER herself but did not find help. It was only when plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Obeng offered to help her for free that she was able to get the glue out of her hair, as Blavity previously reported.
Martin said the doctor told him it would take two to three weeks to heal. In a video shared by a BRProud, a reporter notes that Martin has participated in other challenges and is a rapper, questioning him on whether he did this to get famous.
“I thought it could lick it off kind of to moisten it and pull it right off but that didn’t work. I would never want to stick no Gorilla Glue to my lip and have it stuck there and go through all the situations that I had to go through,” Martin said.
“I didn’t think it would go this far…You got Valentine’s Day coming up. I can’t even kiss my lip,” he added.