Harlem Reacts to ‘Harlem Shake’ Videos

“They’re trying to disrespect us.”


One thought on “Harlem Reacts to ‘Harlem Shake’ Videos

  1. K. Alexander

    I think my favorite reply was the girl who said it reminded her of “California, New Jersey…but not Harlem”. I was also struck by the immense pride in the people of the video- they held onto the dance and music, knew the history, and knew exactly what it look liked. Thus, to Harlem, the Harlem Shake is an immense part of their culture. Taking it and reproducing it in a modified form is cultural appropriation, which reproduces the hard work of working people and then taking the product, making fun of it, and then getting paid to make fun of it.


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