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People of Harlem Respond to Harlem Shake Videos

| by Brittany Taylor

The people of Harlem have spoken, and they are not happy about all the recent "Harlem Shake" viral videos.

Filmmaker Chris McGuire went out to Harlem to show the community some of the videos and hear what they have to say about the trend. 

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While watching the videos one woman says, "It's interesting. I just don't think it's closely related to the original Harlem Shake." 

"That's not the Harlem Shake at all, that's humpin'," says one man who shakes his head in disapproval. 

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Most people said they took the videos as a sign of disrespect and think they are giving Harlem a bad name. 

Later in the video, members of the community remind the world what the original Harlem shake looks like. The original dance can be seen in videos like P. Diddy's "Let's Get It."

According to Huffington Post, the videos have gotten so big because of a simple formula:

 1. It's short and simple, but dense and structured

2. It builds anticipation, then hits you like a bullet

3. It's a template that allows for limitless customization

4. Everyone's dying to go crazy: this is their chance to get loose

Despite its popularity, the people of Harlem want this viral craze to stop. When asked what message they would leave with the makers of the "Harlem Shake" videos, a young woman says, "If you're going to make one of these videos please do the Harlem Shake, not just waving your arms doing the Spongbob."

(Huffington Post)