Addison Rae, one of Tik Tok’s biggest stars, and Jimmy Fallon are under fire after Rae performed a number TikTok dances on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and did not credit the Black users who created them.
During a recent episode of Fallon, Rae was tasked with “teaching” the NBC host the series of dances as he held up signs with their names on them. Many of the TikTok users who created the dances are Black, but Fallon’s audience of millions of viewers would never know that based on the segment.
“This is colonizer culture in real time cause she did not have the talent or creativity to come up with these dances but she’s getting the credit and exposure,” one Twitter user wrote.
This is colonizer culture in real time cause she did not have the talent or creativity to come up with these dances but she’s getting the credit and exposure. https://t.co/kGJvE1ogtl— niks ✨🇰🇪 (@nikkichell_x) March 28, 2021
Another Twitter user decided to provide the handles of all the challenge creators.
Here are the names of Black TikTok choreographers who Jimmy Fallon and @whoisaddison stole from without credit:@noahschnapp @jasonderulo @yvnggprince @flyboyfu @keke.janjah @macdaddyz @theemyanicole @thegilberttwins— Edward Champion (@EdwardChampion) March 29, 2021
On the YouTube version of segment, the creators were credited in the description: "Do It Again: @noahschnapp, Savage Love: @jazlynebaybee, Corvette Corvette: @yvnggprince, Laffy Taffy: @flyboyfu, Savage: @kekejanjah, Blinding Lights: @macdaddyz, Up: @theemyanicole, and Fergalicious: @thegilberttwins." It isn’t clear, however, if they were added before or after receiving criticism online.
See what a few people had to say on Twitter below.
I've seen all of these dances done better by their originators. Part of the problem with discussing "tik tok dancing" imo is that a lot of young Black kids add a rhythm to it that you either just have or you don't. See: Sean Bankhead's UP choreo which interpolates some trends https://t.co/N38BnxmHrY— Comorienne 🇰🇲 (@_ShamGod) March 28, 2021
the hyper-visibility of Black folk and it’s low conversion into compensation, credit & opportunities is one of the sickest things about social media. https://t.co/OyDb0Yd7GF— ig: @yagirlaley 💘💐🌸 (@yagirlaley) March 28, 2021
This is why I bang on EVERYBODY about the economics and race of social media— 🇬🇾🗽Sydette Dread Gorgon 🇬🇾 🗽 (@Blackamazon) March 28, 2021
“Tik tok dances”
the names of the artists not there
The actual choreographers not there
She’s on national television but where are the Black kids who actually made these https://t.co/jSdMMBbQu0
This is cringey. But what’s worse is that Addison has been catapulted to being the face of viral dances created by mostly black tiktokers https://t.co/t4cDsoTQ8l— Tanya Chen 陈天依 (@tanyachen) March 28, 2021
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