Jimmy Fallon Saves The Day, Responds To Backlash Over Addison Rae’s TikTok Dance Segment
People will get mad about anything these days, including something as silly as a TikTok dance.
A little over a week ago, TikTok star Addison Rae (who has nearly 80 million followers) went on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to perform eight dances that were made popular on the app.
And while this was supposed to be in good fun, the segment faced some intense backlash because the show did not give on-air credit to the creators of the dances, who were mostly black.
The Tonight Show was scheduled to go on a one week break last week, so Fallon is just now getting around to addressing the criticism. On the Monday (April 5) episode of the show, Fallon told his viewers:
On our last show before break, we did a bit with Addison Rae where she taught me eight viral TikTok dances. Now, we recognize that the creators of those dances deserve to have their own spotlight.”
So right now, some of the creators will join me to talk about how their dance went viral and then perform the dance themselves.
He then spoke with the creators and watched them perform their various dances. Addison shared the new segment to her Instagram Story, with the caption, “So happy these creators were able to be highlighted. I hope we can all dance soon. Show them love!”
It’s worth noting that all the original creators were credited in the original YouTube posting. They were not credited on-air though, which is what people had a problem with.
Personally, I find it hard to care about something as insignificant as a TikTok dance, but to each their own. I suppose if I created some silly dance that inspired millions of copycats, I’d want credit too. I GUESS I GET IT, OKAY? ACTUALLY, THINKING ABOUT IT MORE…I GET IT A LOT.
For some people, TikTok is a business, so if your business is creating dance clips, and then some huge network show just plucks out the biggest TikTok star they could find to recreate those dances without boosting your own sh*t, that would suck.
I GET IT! I think it was simply a lazy mistake by the network, and they didn’t mean any harm, but I get why people were mad. Phew. Okay. I’m good.