Is the “Harlem Shake” Racist? Harlem Reacts to the Internet Dance Craze (Video)

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  1. kathryn dehoyos says:

    I was under the impression the name of the SONG was “Harlem Shake” and that’s why the video’s are called that…also in an interview the DJ who created it said that it had nothing to do with the hip hop dance at all…

    I doubt it was ever intended to be racist, I think it was only titled that because of the song itself. Is this a case of seeing racism where it doesn’t exist?

  3. I find it funny that you state that the DJ who created the song, says “it had nothing to do with the hip hop dance at all.” Why then do you put “Harlem Shake” in the song at all? Why not say “now dance around like a complete idiot shake?” I find the latter a bit more fitting ;-)


  1. [...] There have been 50,000 Harlem Shake videos made since the meme jumped onto our computer screens just a few months ago, but none of them are as good as this one that has the original Harlem Shake dance it in. (See our post about whether or not the Harlem Shake is racist.) [...]

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