Though this is not the first case of mainstream culture appropriating a popular hip hop dance, it is certainly one of the more laughable occurrences. In case you’re in the dark when it comes to viral videos, the Harlem Shake dance craze is causing a frenzy on the internet with athletes and even supermodels rushing to record home videos and join in on the fun. The only problem? No one is actually doing the Harlem Shake.
The Harlem Shake is a dance where you rhythmically move your shoulders up and down while shaking your forearms on beat. In these popular videos, people are just thrusting their pelvises into the air in a move that couldn’t be more different than the original.
DJ ?uestlove recently shared a Youtube video uploaded by Schlepp Films that features street interviews with Harlemites about the imposter Harlem Shake. The result is brilliant:
Reactions vary from utter disbelief to claims that the thrusting move is disrespectful. Now that Harlem has spoken out against the fraudulent dance, can we agree to end the craze altogether, or atleast give it a new name?