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2013-02-20 10:17:26 AM
Let me guess - they frown upon our shenanigans?
 
2013-02-20 10:17:29 AM
...there's a REAL "Harlem Shake"?

/why wasn't Clinton in there?
//I can imagine them rolling up with cameras into an alleyway, him and 3 ghetto gorgeous mamas getting it on
///"s'cuse me ladies, gotta PR this sh*t"
//is his office still in Harlem?
 
2013-02-20 10:24:22 AM
This is blasphemy, this is madness!

Madness?
THIS. IS. HARLEM!  Now gimme yo money fo I stab yo punk ass!
 
2013-02-20 10:33:14 AM
An unnecessarily long clip of people repeating the same thing over and over again. Just like every other "Harlem Shake" video.
 
2013-02-20 10:33:20 AM
Harlem has clean streets? Shops that are open? People that you can understand? 5 minute video without audible gunshots?

Clearly my prejudices are not up to date.
 
2013-02-20 10:36:49 AM
The Gangnam style craze was really fun, seeing it at all the sporting events and parody videos of a stupidly catchy songs. the Harlem Shake stuff sounds like it's more contrived to try to be the next big thing. It's like trying to create a meme. It just doesn't happen like that. It should be more organic. Besides if a dance is going viral it should be Chicken Noodle Soup http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkAJS0zRNxI

/let it rain
/clear it out
/chicken noodle soup
 
2013-02-20 10:39:22 AM

ModernPrimitive01: The Gangnam style craze was really fun, seeing it at all the sporting events and parody videos of a stupidly catchy songs. the Harlem Shake stuff sounds like it's more contrived to try to be the next big thing. It's like trying to create a meme. It just doesn't happen like that. It should be more organic. Besides if a dance is going viral it should be Chicken Noodle Soup http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkAJS0zRNxI

/let it rain
/clear it out
/chicken noodle soup


I think what happned was in this day and age, people are always always on the lookout to be part of the next big thing as it becomes big. Because of this, any little meme or running gag gets pounced on IMMEDIATELY and repeated ad nauseum.
The Harlem Shake meme was funny like a week ago when my wife would say "hey have you seen this" and we'd chuckle and watch a few of them. Then within days, everyone was on it. It's only been popular for like 5 days now. Then something as lame and buttoned down as The Today Show does it, and you know it's over before it really began.
 
2013-02-20 10:51:05 AM
Well I suppose "Interweb Tube Shake" doesn't quite have that street-cred sounding name so Harlem will have to do.
 
2013-02-20 10:53:27 AM

lucksi: Harlem has clean streets? Shops that are open? People that you can understand? 5 minute video without audible gunshots?


There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, "Motherfarker, I want more iced tea"?
 
2013-02-20 10:54:33 AM
Let me guess, they're all going to think it's disrespectful and generally take it (and themselves) way too seriously.

*Watches video*

Yep.

/When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail
//Get over yourselves already
 
2013-02-20 11:14:54 AM
I think it's funny.
 
2013-02-20 11:20:35 AM
Wow, that sure triggered my white guilt. So much for enjoying the Harlem Shake meme.
 
2013-02-20 12:32:25 PM
Try watching it with subtitles.
 
2013-02-20 01:17:57 PM
If the black folks are pissed, the Dutch who founded Harlem have to be damn near inconsolable at this point.
 
2013-02-20 01:57:39 PM
I think it's funny. Not really worried about whether or not it's forced. Do we really have stupid internet meme snobbery now?

ModernPrimitive01: The Gangnam style craze was really fun, the Harlem Shake stuff sounds like it's more contrived to try to be the next big thing.


Well there you go...
 
2013-02-20 02:21:41 PM
cllctr.com
Original Harlem Shake?
 
2013-02-20 02:51:11 PM

Ivo Shandor: Let me guess - they frown upon our shenanigans?


Yep,, and they're going the victim route with it. "Dey disrespktin us", "Dey be done not no wat duh Harlem Shake be".
 
2013-02-20 02:53:51 PM
How much you wanna bet the interviewer didn't show the Harlemites this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGgr8ZbeNgQ
 
2013-02-20 02:57:13 PM
 
2013-02-20 04:16:22 PM
Five minutes of that?
 
2013-02-20 04:41:19 PM
Of course it's not the farking actual Harlem Shake. It's a ridiculous internet meme that has the world Harlem in it because the sample has the word in it.

JESUS.
 
2013-02-20 08:45:58 PM

Tumunga: Ivo Shandor: Let me guess - they frown upon our shenanigans?

Yep,, and they're going the victim route with it. "Dey disrespktin us", "Dey be done not no wat duh Harlem Shake be".


Looks like when I tagged you as "Drunk Driver and proud" I tagged too soon. I could have picked some shorter and more accurate.
 
2013-02-20 08:48:05 PM

lucksi: Harlem has clean streets? Shops that are open? People that you can understand? 5 minute video without audible gunshots?

Clearly my prejudices are not up to date.


Portions of Harlem are really nice these days. The neighborhood in general has undergone a great resurgence in the last 10 or so years. Great restaurants, good music again, and overall a decent place to visit. They really recaptured a part of their history.

Still wouldn't go to the Bronx.
 
2013-02-21 01:19:34 AM
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2013-02-21 09:31:19 AM

Quaker: Yep.


Nope. Most of them commented that it's goofy and looked stupid (both true), and that it wasn't the Harlem Shake they knew (also true), and looked at the videos like they head two heads (completely appropriate).

But by all means, say that "they're all" Overly Serious Black People Complaining About Being Disrespected if it helps you maintain your worldview.
 
2013-02-21 09:57:23 AM

shoegaze99: Quaker: Yep.

Nope. Most of them commented that it's goofy and looked stupid (both true), and that it wasn't the Harlem Shake they knew (also true), and looked at the videos like they head two heads (completely appropriate).

But by all means, say that "they're all" Overly Serious Black People Complaining About Being Disrespected if it helps you maintain your worldview.


Within the first two minutes of the video, I count at least ten references to it being disrespectful, insulting, or words to that effect. I'm sure there are more, I just got tired of counting.

Also, by "they" I was referring to poor, inner-city people. But by all means, assume that I must be a racist (and make sure you let everyone else know that you're above that sort of thing) if it helps you maintain your worldview.
 
2013-02-21 10:00:15 AM
I just saw one of these videos yesterday for the first time.

This shiat is hilarious.

That is all.
 
2013-02-21 10:06:30 AM

Quaker: Also, by "they" I was referring to poor, inner-city people.


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2013-02-21 10:22:42 AM

shoegaze99: Quaker: Also, by "they" I was referring to poor, inner-city people.

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It's about the culture, not the racial background of the members of that culture. Just because there's a racial correlation doesn't mean that race itself is the relevant issue. But by all means, assume that I must be lying if that's what you need to help you maintain your worldview.
 
2013-02-21 03:33:36 PM

shoegaze99: Tumunga: Ivo Shandor: Let me guess - they frown upon our shenanigans?

Yep,, and they're going the victim route with it. "Dey disrespktin us", "Dey be done not no wat duh Harlem Shake be".

Looks like when I tagged you as "Drunk Driver and proud" I tagged too soon. I could have picked some shorter and more accurate.


I feel ya.
 
2013-02-21 08:33:23 PM

sure haven't: The Harlem Shake meme was funny like a week ago when my wife would say "hey have you seen this" and we'd chuckle and watch a few of them.


No, it was not funny - EVER!.

It's people like you and your wife who are screwing up our culture.

I'm sure you watch American Idol too - or at least you have in the past.
 
2013-02-22 11:06:44 AM

Happy Hours: sure haven't: The Harlem Shake meme was funny like a week ago when my wife would say "hey have you seen this" and we'd chuckle and watch a few of them.

No, it was not funny - EVER!.

It's people like you and your wife who are screwing up our culture.

I'm sure you watch American Idol too - or at least you have in the past.


Thank you. It was never funny. People just love to feel like they're a part of something - stupid memes included.
 
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