Melissa Harris-Perry: You White Devils Are Mocking Blacks By Doing The Harlem Shake
How is this fucking low-life ignorant bitch still on television? Get that lisp fixed already!
Of course the popular web site, Oh No They Didn't! went into their 'let's hang white people from trees' routine over this. lol
'Different cultures own different art forms. How dare anyone black do a black-invented dance!'
You know Mrs. Tyler-Perry, your free to die in a grease fire.
Video at link.
|by Anonymous||reply 147||03/10/2015|
I can kind of see her point, but I agree that it is ridiculous that she is so worked up over this issue.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||03/04/2013|
Black people have no right to do the minuet.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||03/04/2013|
She's technically correct, but too earnest and angry about something most people don't give a shit about.. It's just a dumb dance. Makes her look foolish.
BTW--every culture gets ripped off. From the dawn of civilization we have stolen the very best ideas from each other: art, music, language, architecture, cuisine, etc. Trends start one way, then they morph and evolve. That's life.
Get a grip lady.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||03/04/2013|
Apart that it's for doing viral videos...
If that was a valid theory then Blacks shouldn't have fun doing gangham style, or been ballet dancers or dance tango etc. Stupid theory that try to constrain people's freedom to dance to whatever they enjoy.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||03/04/2013|
Perhaps she shouldn't be so worked up about this internet meme, sure, but she is FAR from an idiot. And OP's op is racist.
Did she say "white devils"?
No she did not.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||03/04/2013|
It's not a dance. From what I have seen, it's one person simulating sex while a bunch of other people aren't doing anything. Then, all of a sudden, everyone is wearing a costume and simulating sex. Or, everyone is naked and simulating sex.
It doesn't take any skill or imagination. And the song hurts the ears.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||03/04/2013|
[quote]How is this fucking low-life ignorant bitch still on television?
Now who is it that is "ridiculously worked up?" Calm down OP. Her opinions aren't lethal. The first amendment is alive and well.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||03/04/2013|
Simulating sex? To me it seems like they are having an epileptic seizure. As silly as I think it looks, its significance is more political and social than artistic or aesthetical.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||03/04/2013|
She lives in New Orleans.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||03/04/2013|
If she TRULY feels this way, she seriously needs to do an entire show about all the people Madonna has ripped off.
Damn that lisp IS annoying!
|by Anonymous||reply 20||03/04/2013|
Black people stole it from epileptics.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||03/04/2013|
I don't get it.
The Harlem Shake that everyone is doing has nothing to do with black culture. It's not a black song. It's not a black dance.
So I'm left to believe that since it has the word Harlem in it, only black people are permitted to partake???
How nice of Ms. Perry to take something that has been bringing people of all types together in having some lighthearted fun and try to make it divisive.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||03/04/2013|
Some of you assholes need to remember something:
Melissa Harris-Perry isn't just some talking head on MSNBC; she's one of the world's most preeminent scholars when it comes to African American studies. Go ahead and try to stereotype her as just another "angry (uppity) black bitch"; however, her only crime is trying to facilitate an academic argument in a country full of idiots.
Fact: People would be highly offended if non-Native Americans went out of their way to mock Indian tribal dances. Hell, some of you (racially insensitive pricks) were even offended when Natalie Portman dared to portray a ballerina in Black Swan!
MHP is 100% correct in calling people out for exploiting a culturally significant dance for YouTube views. The 1,000,000 different "Harlem Shake" videos out there might be funny/silly, but they're also completely ignorant to the origin and significance of the Harlem Shake.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||03/04/2013|
Her Cotton Club comparison is moot since no one is saying that black folks can' t do this dance here in 2013. Surely there are more prominant issues for this woman to tackle, especially since she loves the sound of her own voice.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||03/04/2013|
[quote]she's one of the world's most preeminent scholars when it comes to African American studies.
Yeesh, that's pretty sad if true.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||03/04/2013|
OP and the rest of you MHP trashers are really ridiculously ignorant.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||03/04/2013|
Yet Melissa Harris-Perry was raised by a white Mormon woman. Wouldn't that mean that her MOTHER was doing the Harlem Shake?
|by Anonymous||reply 29||03/04/2013|
You know, I'm black, and I used to respect MHP, but sheesh. Gimme a break.
And it is ALWAYS the biracial or light skinned blacks that coast on that privilege that constantly have to try to prove their blackness by being the race police.
It's so tired.
The real idiocy of the Harlem Shake is that all these morons are ripping off a 10 year old dance and they're not even doing it right. White people are not ripping off black culture by doing whatever it is they're doing on these videos, because it's certainly not the Harlem Shake.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||03/04/2013|
Why don't we just rename the the YouTube version "The Harlem Fake Shake?" Problem solved.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||03/04/2013|
r30 has it correct. Is Toure also biracial, anyone know? Toure's father is white I have a feeling.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||03/04/2013|
They are simply playing the poor "booga booga" card like we play the "pitiful pearl" routine. It's no biggie, give it a rest. If there was any truth in this story, that beeber kid would be in hiding all his waking hours.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||03/04/2013|
r24 Scholars make dumb/mistaken remarks or arguments all the time. They are not some ubermenschen above mistakes.
Also, she obviously missed the fact that many of the people who got the HS bug, and are making vids of it are not white and the last thing on their minds was mocking black people but then that's what happens when the only way you view the world is in B&W.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||03/04/2013|
I am an equal opportunity hater of all the stupid Internet dance memes: Macarena, Gangnam Style, Harlem Shake,...
|by Anonymous||reply 36||03/04/2013|
I just can't thtand her voicth.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||03/04/2013|
The vitriol and hatred towards here in this thread is over the top.
She might well be wrong about this ONE issue, but she has been right about so many others that it makes most of you look like idiots.
Seriously. And again, did she say "white devils"?
Of course she did not. Ergo, OP's opening post IS race-baiting garbage.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||03/04/2013|
I am so glad someone is using airtime to speak out against this hideous injustice.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||03/04/2013|
Someone should show her the DVD of John Waters' "Hairspray" and watch her head explode.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||03/04/2013|
Leave it to white queens to be racist. MHP isn't an angry black woman. The NY Times also had an article on the dance. You people are tiresome and predictable.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||03/04/2013|
I'm with Ms. Perry on this one, although the subject hardly rises to a degree of importance requiring any sort of rant. Also, I'm considering R16's idea. OP's trolling is pretty offensive.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||03/04/2013|
Love how the armchair psychologists here, who've never been in the same postal district as MHP already deduced her anger is due to issues with being biracial. Interesting to see a smart, articulate black woman is still the most threatening, terrifying thing for white folk no matter where the world they may live.
Yes, I discovered her during election coverage and have been a fan since.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||03/04/2013|
Laying claim that the Harlem Shake is of cultural significance to black Americans is ludicrous.
The idea of watching subway dancers to understand this artistic high point of dance and cultural integrity is ridiculous. ...besides the fact they should be thrown off the train for illegal activity and the fact they blast the fucking music so loudly it is beyond offensive.
What time is it? Show time What time is it? Show time...
Fuck off and stop shoving your shit in my face. Give me a choice if I want to see your gymnastic display or not...
You'd think she was talking about Alvin Ailey or something
|by Anonymous||reply 44||03/04/2013|
[quote]Go ahead and try to stereotype her as just another "angry (uppity) black bitch"
No one called her that.
You're the one who used the word uppity, so you must have been thinking that yourself.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||03/04/2013|
[quote]Interesting to see a smart, articulate black woman is still the most threatening, terrifying thing for white folk no matter where the world they may live.
How do you know the people criticizing her are all white?
|by Anonymous||reply 46||03/04/2013|
Fuck off! R44, Your not a New Yorker! Go back to shit the hick town you came from! This has been around since the 70's so you need leave NYC if subway dancers assault your dainty senses.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||03/04/2013|
How do even know they're preponderantly white? Especially given the high minority demographic on Datalounge.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||03/04/2013|
Oh god, how very tired. Don't you ever want to be different than you are?
|by Anonymous||reply 49||03/04/2013|
Melissa Harris-Perry is irrelevant - so, who cares what she says anyway? She is one of those who simply loves the sound of her own voice.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||03/04/2013|
Why are these dark-skinned people speaking English? Surely they know the English language is the cultural property of white people. White people created it and perfected it and it's offensive to listen to the way non-whites mangle it.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||03/04/2013|
[quote]How do you know the people criticizing her are all white?
You have every right to be white and call bullshit. People like Perry are a disgrace. I remember when she called Joan Walsh a racist.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||03/04/2013|
Perry said that Dems were never criticizing Clinton. They critisize Obama because they're racists.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||03/04/2013|
Damn, that lisp is annoying, but you know what's even more annoying?
Stupid white folks on here airing their racism.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||03/04/2013|
She's right on that too r 53. I remember this myself.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||03/04/2013|
[quote]Interesting to see a smart, articulate black woman is still the most threatening, terrifying thing for white folk no matter where the world they may live.
LMAO. Now THAT'S funny. Sorry, honey, but no one is "terrified" of mouthy black women.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||03/04/2013|
Is MHP related to our very own MHB?
|by Anonymous||reply 57||03/04/2013|
OP, you're kind of an asshole.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||03/04/2013|
[quote]Your not a New Yorker!
|by Anonymous||reply 60||03/04/2013|
Jesus. When did Datalounge get so overrun by ignorant racist asswipes who can't bear the thought of any black person speaking up about something that mimics their own culture.
I had no idea that youtube videos were the last great white hope.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||03/04/2013|
The MHP fangurls are not DL'ers. They did a Google search, and are now trolling.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||03/04/2013|
[quote]She's right on that too r 53. I remember this myself.
lmao. Oh, lord.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||03/04/2013|
LOL @ and all the White people who HATE being told that words have meanings and Music is culture too.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||03/04/2013|
To the woman in the video: "Oh, shut your yap!"
|by Anonymous||reply 66||03/04/2013|
It's rants over insignificant issues as this that keep blacks & whites from coming together on more, and blacks & whites are both responsible for making bigger to-dos out of issues as meangingless as this. At one point her argument would have help more weight, but not today. It's not as if a ballet company in Moscow is staking claim to the Harlem Shuffle. No, it's a bunch of attention seeking people of all ethnicities acting foolish on the web. As a hairdresser should I go into let-me-tell-you-the-deal mode the next time one of my African-American clients asks me to relax her hair?
|by Anonymous||reply 67||03/04/2013|
I'm willing to bet 80% of the people complaining about this video didn't even watch the damned thing.
Notice none of them actually cite what she really said.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||03/04/2013|
LOL at all the black people who can't accept the reality that they do not "own" either culture or history.
And FYI, tap dancing has as much to do with the influx of European immigrants with a tradition of clogging than it has to do with anything from Africa.
Minstrel shows were originally blacks making racist fun of whites.
Quilts did not have coded clues to the underground railroad.
Lincoln's water gourd did not exist.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||03/04/2013|
r69. You didn't even watch the video. No where in the video does she say anything like that.
Your knee-jerk reaction is telling.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||03/04/2013|
I wish some of you could be tagged in real life to expose how racist you are (since you either don't realize it or you don't care).
|by Anonymous||reply 71||03/04/2013|
What's also telling is the fact that people are going ballistic over Melissa Harris-Perry's fairly mild comments, and completely ignoring the amazing dancing that appears at the end of the clip. If anything, I applaud her for showcasing the talent of young people who show us what the REAL Harlem Shake is. The fact that their moves have gone unnoticed speaks volumes about the average American's indifference toward artistry/culture.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||03/04/2013|
It's sad how easy it is to troll Datalounge about anything racial.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||03/04/2013|
Hey MHP fans, throwing hysterical tantrums won't make anyone listen to you or like you any better. Just the opposite.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||03/04/2013|
I agree R72, the dancers had some amazing moves.
Overall, the far more interesting segment of the episode was the discussion about The Onion's tweet about Quvenzhane Wallis and the associated issues of feminism, misogyny, racism, etc. But that could be a completely different thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||03/04/2013|
Please link to a "hysterical tantrum" herein.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||03/04/2013|
"art, music and litature..."
|by Anonymous||reply 80||03/04/2013|
R79 = mad because women get the real bones.
You and MHP have so much in common, but you'll never realize it.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||03/04/2013|
To the posters who think only whites are critical of this ignorant bs...you're wrong. There is no patent on the dance or the name, so whoever wants to dance however, can - and call it what they want.
She mentions ballroom or waltz..well those dances are taught professionally. No one is teaching the harlem shake across the country professionally.
Please let dancing be enjoyable like its meant to be, not some issue of race.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||03/04/2013|
Yeah... Her argument isn't terribly convincing when that little "number" at the end wasn't anything more than a wince inducing mishmash of style-free (I grimace to even call it) movement.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||03/04/2013|
Why the fuck does she need to live in Harlem to have an appreciation for Harlem's culture and demand that it be respected? Or for that matter why does she need to live in a predominantly black neighborhood? Or for that matter even be black?
And r18, you are obviously not aware of how many white people now live in Harlem. A lot.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||03/04/2013|
"*My* gender," lol you think you know so much. Not every male is threatened by women, R85, or so easily whipped, as you apparently claim to be.
You're not a better or brighter bigot because you can quote Chris Rock. I bet MHP can too.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||03/04/2013|
People are bent out of shape that a so-called tragic mulatto with a white mother is making a fool of herself! For Pete's sake the woman's mom is a white Mormon, that's pretty white.So why is it that some bi-racial people feel like they have to go overboard to prove their blackness? The Harlem Shake is a problem? Black unemployment in the US is a a major problem,maybe she should concentrate on African Americans not being able to find work NOT some stupid dance.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||03/04/2013|
[quote]What's also telling is the fact that people are going ballistic over Melissa Harris-Perry's fairly mild comments, and completely ignoring the amazing dancing that appears at the end of the clip. If anything, I applaud her for showcasing the talent of young people who show us what the REAL Harlem Shake is. The fact that their moves have gone unnoticed speaks volumes about the average American's indifference toward artistry/culture.
THIS exactly. People are not defending the dance or commenting on why they like it, or what it means. They're just using this an as excuse to rail on a black woman commenting on black culture. HOW DARE SHE!!!!
This thread, like so many other race-baiting threads on DL, is nothing but a terd-nugget excuse for yet more racism & misogyny of sad little people who can't lash-out in real life come here to vent their pathetic frustrations.
Fuck all of you. You live in a free society. Your free to do your stupid versino of this dance and look a fool. When you do, someone else is free to comment on it. Deal with it.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||03/04/2013|
Ah, there you go, R76/78. R88 is just one of many on this thread foaming at the mouth over a non-issue.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||03/04/2013|
Non-white people including Jews want exclusivity on their own culture while they want universality of white European culture to do whatever with. Notice the total lack of non-Jews creating Hanukah songs while there are many Jews who have created Christmas songs. MHP is angry black people are not profiting from the Harlem Shake. She said it was created in the 80s. That's plenty of time to profit off this dance expecially considering all the means of communication, it could have went viral at any time in the past 30 years. MHP might have this talk again if twerking or daggering blow up in the future.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||03/04/2013|
I get the pain, but she's misguided.
This is/was something that kids could share; black, white, Asian, and Hispanic. I'm quite certain that 99.5% of the kids had no idea of the real HS. I know *I* didn't before I had seen a dozen videos.
It might not have been original, it might not have been *her* way, but it was *their* way, and they were doing it together.
Bigoted whites will be only too happy to respond, and it turns into a clusterfuck.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||03/04/2013|
The Cast Of All My Children Does The “Harlem Shake”
|by Anonymous||reply 93||03/04/2013|
Hmm, when did Candyman join AMC?
|by Anonymous||reply 94||03/04/2013|
[quote]People are bent out of shape that a so-called tragic mulatto with a white mother is making a fool of herself! For Pete's sake the woman's mom is a white Mormon, that's pretty white.
For all we know, she may be high yellow!
|by Anonymous||reply 95||03/04/2013|
[quote]Interesting to see a smart, articulate black woman is still the most threatening, terrifying thing for white folk
Mary, you sound like you're hysterical.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||03/04/2013|
LMAO. She's about as articulate as Rev Al.
|by Anonymous||reply 97||03/04/2013|
I've always felt that her "schtick" is in appealing to white liberal guilt. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz .....
|by Anonymous||reply 98||03/04/2013|
THAT is what you guys call a rant? I don't agree with her conclusions but that was hardly offensive. The internet meme is called the Harlem Shake largely because that's the name of the song. I doubt most people who participate in the meme are poking fun at the real dance because I doubt most know what the actual dance looks like.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||03/04/2013|
Chill out, MHP, and have some Domino's Pizza.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||03/04/2013|
Melissa Harris-Perry is the best thing on TV after Rachel Maddow. And she would never use the words "white devils." Grow up OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||03/04/2013|
[quote]who wishes he was a woman!!!
Mastering the subjunctive is hard for you, I know.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||03/04/2013|
Is a "phag" worse than a "fag" in your mind?
If so, then I guess you really told him with your cleverness, huh?
|by Anonymous||reply 106||03/04/2013|
she says the real harlem shake has dancers "on beat" - because us white folks have no rhythm - we get it
|by Anonymous||reply 107||03/04/2013|
This thread is bad and you should all feel bad about it.
The Harlem Shake as a meme is crap. Pure crap and its time is nearly over.
The Harlem Shake from the 90s was an excellent dance that is culturally based and is still taught, if not professionally.
The arguments and blatant hatred towards MHP on this forum and this thread are really just nonsense.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||03/04/2013|
Well R109, I know how to smile and be polite and then throw that resume away and hire a STRAIGHT guy. Every time.
|by Anonymous||reply 113||03/04/2013|
Don't you girls have a KKK meeting to attend. I'm sure that you have some some crosses you're supposed to be burning or some lynchings that you're supposed to be doing. Your bigotry and hatred are so tiresome.
Hating and demonizing any group because of their ethnicity is just plain stupid. It is also ridiculous to use the statements of one person (whom you disagree with) to justify your bigotry against an entire ethnic group; simply because the person (whom you disagree with) is a member of that ethnic group. I don't agree with nonsense that comes out of Michelle Malkin's mouth. However I don't use it as an excuse to trash Asian Americans. Her opinions are her opinions. What logic would there be in demonizing an entire group simply because I disagree with her. I realize that I'm wasting my breath. You bigots and hate mongers are cowards looking for venues to spread your virus of hatred. How sad that you prance around thinking that you're superior because of your skin color. How sad that your lives are completely void of any real accomplishment and the only thing you have to cling to is your skin color. I'm white so I'm sooo superior. I have less melanocytes I'm a superstar. What form of mental retardation are you suffering from.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||03/04/2013|
Well, this thread will get shut down in 3, 2...
|by Anonymous||reply 119||03/04/2013|
Done with DataLounge which has become GAY WHITE MALE STORMFRONT.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||03/04/2013|
ONTD is the worst.website. in the world. please overhaul it or hack it-fast!
|by Anonymous||reply 123||03/04/2013|
Dear there aren't 117 post on the thread. Who are you responding too. I'm not going to stoop to your level of juvenile name calling. You've only proven your stupidity with your response. Was it your intention to prove my post correct? That's certainly what you did. Now what other ignorant remarks do you have. Go ahead and share them so that you can really show how mentally handicapped you are. Better yet why not copy and paste some passages from your trusty KKK manual. You can call me every name that you can pull out of your feeble brain. At the end of the day you've only proven that your the stupid bigoted hate monger that I spoke about. What a tragic life you must lead.
|by Anonymous||reply 124||03/04/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 125||03/04/2013|
i likes the happy little brown dancing peoples
|by Anonymous||reply 127||03/04/2013|
^^^ has gone and flung the shit towards the fan
|by Anonymous||reply 129||03/04/2013|
Melissa never called anyone a white devil. The OP used that term. It is clear that you and 99% of the ignorant bigots here aren't intellectually capable of comprehending the statements that Melissa made. You're also not capable of producing an intelligent response so you resort to the lowest common denominator (tired racial slurs). This only proves how stupid you really are. It really doesn't matter though. You racist hate mongers go from thread to thread spreading your virus of hate. How empty and sad your life must be. You can get back to representing the KKK wing of datalounge now. I'm sure you've got some more tired racial slurs that you've been itching to use. You may proceed now and further prove your stupidity.
|by Anonymous||reply 134||03/04/2013|
I'm sick of the Harlem Shake. It's so last week.
|by Anonymous||reply 135||03/04/2013|
Mark Twain said it best "You can't argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience."
You KKK girls can have this ridiculous discussion now.
|by Anonymous||reply 136||03/04/2013|
I don't recall Koreans acting like had been mortally offended and demanding apologies when we were all doing the "Gangnam Style " dance a few months ng a lovely rtago...
I did see our beloved First Lady, Michelle Obama doing a lovely rendition of the "Harlem Shake" on Jimmy Fallon a few weeks ago....
btw Fallon was dressed as a "TRANSVESTITE while doing the HS thereby mocking blacks and women...must have pushed MHP over the edge of reason !
|by Anonymous||reply 137||03/04/2013|
Harlem Shake is OVAH bitches...look at what the kids are dancing to now...
|by Anonymous||reply 138||03/04/2013|
(R137) - FLOTUS was doing the dougie on Fallon's show. This thread is troll bait for racists.
|by Anonymous||reply 139||03/05/2013|
[quote]from goldfish swallowing in the `20`s, jitterbuggering in the `40`s , or the doing the macarena in he `80`s.
The Macarena was the 90s.
|by Anonymous||reply 140||03/05/2013|
OP = feels his white privilege being threatened, so he resorts to name-calling. Typical entitled white DL queen.
|by Anonymous||reply 144||01/02/2014|
I want to find out about this JITTERBUGGERING?
|by Anonymous||reply 145||01/02/2014|
That's the best you got R144.
Harris-Perry checks under her bed every night for big bad racism. She's obsessed and delusional.
And, when she wakes up in the morning, she makes damn sure racism isn't lurking behind her shower curtain.
Her brain is mush. She has become the thing she fears most. SHE IS THE RACIST.
|by Anonymous||reply 146||01/02/2014|