CAN WE STOP THIS HARLEM SHAKE NONSENSE ALREADY?

CAN WE STOP THIS HARLEM SHAKE NONSENSE ALREADY?

Joe GransingerMonday,11 March 2013

The Snap:

Internet memes come and go, but the Harlem Shake seems to be sticking around longer than most. The song has been at the top of the charts for the past three weeks, and now two artists that briefly appear in the track are seeking compensation for using unlicensed samples.

The Download:

I’m not going to lie; I loved the Harlem Shake videos when they were new. When I first saw bored college kids playing Guitar hero instantly transform into an insane half-naked violent hump-party out of nowhere, it was hilarious. But let’s be real here – once the original shock factor of the videos are gone, they’re all pretty much the same and don’t seem quite as awesome anymore. Oh, and if people in Harlem see you doing it/watching it/laughing at it, they’ve made it pretty clear they’ll hurt you because it’s not the real Harlem Shake and it’s “disrespectful.” Lighten up, Harlem, it’s a joke.

Regardless of any social disrespect, it’s just not that funny anymore, yet people continue to make new versions every day. Not to mention the song isn’t that great to begin with – and without the crazy viral videos, it wouldn’t be getting this much recognition. In a world where internet fame goes from screaming goats on Monday to electric fence experiments on Tuesday (and never watched again by Friday), it’s time for the Harlem Shake craze to disappear like the rest.

Hat Tips:

Pitchfork, YouTube, Image Credit: Flickr

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