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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Harlem, On The Harlem Shake

Posted by on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

By now, you've already seen eight gazillion "Harlem Shake" videos. DIS MEME, IT WON'T DIE. Now check out what the real Harlem has to say. And practice the original-original Harlem Shake move after the jump. Boom-bah-boom-boom-bah.


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I'm not gonna pretend that I'm outraged at the cultural appropriation, because I had never heard of the original Harlem Shake until now, but I'm really really hoping that this will help kill the meme.
Posted by redemma on February 20, 2013 at 12:16 PM · Report this
Jeffrey in Chicago 2
Stop Doing the Fucking Harlem Shake:…

"I'm not a nerd whose thirst for authenticity causes me to huff, arms crossed with my hands under my armpits whenever anyone co-opts any little thing ever, and I'm not an Oompa-Loompa representing the Buzzkill Guild. Promise. But whenever I look at an Internet full of (mostly) white people doing a bastardized version of a dance that has the same name as another dance (and lest we forget, is named after fucking Harlem), and they're doing that dance to Trap, a style of EDM that took the name (and some sonic signifiers) of an already-existent style of hip-hop that had a very specific set of sociopolitical implications, and people aren't finding it at least a little problematic, it makes me feels like I'm taking crazy pills."
Posted by Jeffrey in Chicago on February 20, 2013 at 12:51 PM · Report this

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