We spent the better part of our Sunday morning watching different versions of the Harlem Shake on YouTube. My goodness, is this a fun trend. Way better than planking. Quicker than a flash mob. More satisfying than an infographic.
For those who don’t know what the Harlem Shake is, it’s an internet video meme that started by Filthy Frank and some of his friends in Australia. And the litany of followers blew up.
The recipe: One person, usually masked, starts dancing. Then the beat drops and cuts to everyone in the frame going nuts. In total, 30 seconds.
The original Harlem Shake posted to YouTube on February 2nd, people. And now, February 17th, it’s been declared dead, crediting Al Roker and the gang at the Today show for killing it.
I don’t care that I’m late to the party. And, sure, the dancer in me is a bit concerned that all context to the original Harlem Shake has been tarnished in the name of coolness and hilarity.
But c’mon, let’s not take ourselves too seriously.