Quick Hit: Melissa Harris-Perry talks cultural appropriation and the “Harlem Shake”

For the first few weeks, I thought I was missing something and that there had to be some logical reason that this dance trend was called the Harlem Shake. But I wasn’t, and it was called the Harlem Shake because people thought that’s what the Harlem Shake is. *face palm*

Recently, videos of the real Harlem Shake surfaced on Youtube. But I can always count on MHP to add some much needed nuance and and critical analysis. Consider yourselves checked.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/julievancewhite/ Julie White

    Huh, I thought it was the lyric in the song that spawned the name of this trend…

  • http://feministing.com/members/rhian/ rhian

    You can argue that the name of the meme comes from the name of the song. But the reason people are doing that weird dance, as opposed to anything else, is because they think they are doing the Harlem Shake.

  • http://feministing.com/members/datdamwuf/ Datdamwuf

    Thank you for this, someone sent me a link to a vid of the Harlem Shake and I thought I was going to see some awesome dance – but no, it was, I don’t know what was.