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Huda Hassan

Writer and Photographer

Huda Hassan is a writer and photographer based in Toronto with an interest in pop culture, cultural identity, politics, race and the internetz. You can find her blogging on:
Is the Harlem Shake Meme Cultural

Is the Harlem Shake Meme Cultural Appropriation?

The most recent online sensation created by dimwits with access to cameras is the Harlem Shake meme. However, the name of the meme has recently become a topic of discussion and controversy for some, particularly after a group of Harlemites responded to the new Harlem Shake meme in a video released last week. Arguably, the Harlem Shake meme is a form of cultural appropriation in that it is the popular use (and misuse) of a cultural artifact to black culture by a predominantly white crowd. Most importantly, this new Harlem Shake has already began to eradicate the original Harlem Shake from popular culture online.
03/04/2013 12:23 EST