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People In Harlem React To Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” Meme [VIDEO]


You probably already knew this, but the “Harlem Shake” meme is not the real “Harlem Shake.” The former, videos of groups of people dancing to producer Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” is not the latter, a dance popularized in the early 2000’s after G-Dep’s “Let’s Get It” video. A filmmaker took to Harlem’s streets to seek opinions on the current “Harlem Shake” craze (or annoyance) and the results are hilarious.

After setting up just steps from the famed Apollo Theater, Chris McGuire asked uptown residents to give their opinions and the responses were candid, to say the least. Some of the best comments include:

“That’s weird, that’s weird.”

“I feel like this is really violation towards Harlem and anybody that’s in Harlem.”

“It’s just the shake, but it ain’t the Harlem shake.”

“That’s not the shake b…ohh, no good.”

“They’re dry humping air.” 

“The look like they just smoke some dust.” 

“Do you see people around here doing that crap?”

“That represents Jersey, California…that’s not Harlem.”

“Y’all need to stop that sh-t, like come on man.”

“Do you know the history of Harlem?”

“It started in Harlem, but not that sh-t they doing.”

Watch the full video, which includes some demonstrations of the OG Harlem Shake, below. We do ask that you refrain from performing the genuine Harlem Shake if you are over the age of 18, though. Just saying.

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  • ijs

    THANK YOU!!!! damn at least i know i’m not the only one. why are ppl doin this stupid ish!!!! we had the harlem shake in early 2000’s which was cool now they tryna do another one that looks like you have medical problems stop it just stop i cant anymore

  • For some clarification on this ”Harlem shake” .the song is called Harlem shake not the dance lmao the song is by a kid Harry Rodrigues, known by his stage name Baauer, he is an American producer from Brooklyn, New York. This is message is for all the ppl who live in Harlem who for some reason is offended by this new dance crazy it’s not a remake of the old one

    • May

      But the media is calling it the “Harlem Shake” and saying it’s the new Gangnam Style. They’re talking about the dance craze not the name of the song.