Black people on TikTok are taking a bold, courageous stance against cultural appropriation by refusing to do actual dance routines to a new thot-anthem by Megan Thee Stallion, and as they say on Black People Twitter, I’m here for it.
Between this and a brilliantly devised campaign to discipline actor Michael B. Jordan for a similar offense by destroying his new rum brand in utero as if it were one of Drew Barrymore’s children, I’m convinced that we really are on to something. I’m more optimistic about the prospect for black liberation than I’ve been in a long time.
That Juneteenth debate between Thee Stallion and DaBaby, rivaling a similar conversation between W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington, was no mere aberration.
In fact, perhaps it *was* that debate that inspired black TikTok users to refuse to dance to Thee Stallion’s new “Thot Shit” (no really, that’s what it’s called). Instead, in a protest that calls to mind civil rights activism of a bygone era, they just kinda stand there while the song plays in the background and text on the screen explains that white TikTok users need to stop stealing dances from black people, and TikTok wouldn’t be shit without black people.
Meanwhile white TikTok users, some of whom are apparently racist, are doing actual dance routines to the song while flipping the bird to their black counterparts. I watched several such videos yesterday afternoon, solely for the purpose of researching this newsletter, and I was deeply disturbed, on a number of levels.
If I conduct further research this weekend, I might download the videos to my phone so that I can watch them as many times as necessary without increasing their view-count on the app, which could have the unintentional effect of driving traffic to these girls’ OnlyFans. I might also pirate some of the content from said OnlyFans, not “for my own personal amusement,” but as a statement of solidarity with online black activist groups.
Downloading the videos to my phone and replaying them on a loop for hours at a time, with the volume all the way down, might rob Megan Thee Stallion of royalties she would have received if I viewed them on the app, but I’m sure she’s as committed to this cause as I am, if not more so, and will therefore understand why it’s necessary for me to do this.
Black women who are entirely too old to be doing dance routines on TikTok, over on Black People Twitter, have pointed out that the dance routines white TikTok users are doing to “Thot Shit” aren’t as good as the dances they’d be doing if they had black choreography to rip. They bring up a good (these people are terrible dancers), but it’s not clear to me what difference it’ll make. People don’t watch TikTok videos for the quality of the dancing, do they? Some of the best ones don’t even have any dancing… or so I’ve been told.
Then there’s the fact that there’s already plenty of existing black choreography for racist young CACs to rip off. If they run out of dances from TikTok videos, they can consult the movie The Jazz Singer. In order to truly achieve black liberation, it might be necessary for unemployed black people to wait for the next social media app to come along and just not participate in the first place. Their campaign against TikTok might be doomed, but not because a protest against TikTok that involved producing more content *for* TikTok was a bad idea.
Take it easy on yourself,