Racism, Appropriation, and The Harlem Shake – a must read!
If you aren’t familiar with the Harlem Shake craze that is sweeping the internet, you may have been under a rock for the past week or two.
I’ll let Know Your Meme explain it to you:
“Harlem Shake”, not to be confused with the hip hop dance style, is the title of a 2012 heavy bass instrumental track produced by Baauer. In February 2013, the song spawned a series of dance videos that begin with a masked individual dancing alone in a group before suddenly cutting to a wild dance party featuring the entire group.
It all started with this video:
Now there are countless takes on the meme:
The strange thing about this meme is that not a single person in any of the videos seems to actually be doing the Harlem Shake:
And while it all seems like just a bunch of bizarre fun, not everyone…
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