TIKTOK star Addison Rae was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday, March 26 to teach Jimmy a few dances.
The small segment of the show received a lot of backlash over the weekend.
Why was Jimmy Fallon slammed after Addison Rae taught him TikTok dances?
As an homage to her TikTok videos that made her famous, Jimmy had Addison Rae get up and teach him some popular TikTok dances including: “Do It Again” (recorded by Pia Mia, choreographed by @noahschnapp)
“Savage Love” (recorded and choreographed by @jasonderulo)
“Corvette Corvette” (recorded by Popp Hunna, choreographed by @yvnggprince)
“Laffy Taffy” (recorded by D4L, choreographed by @flyboyfu)
“Savage” (recorded by Megan Thee Stallion, choreographed by @keke.janjah)
“Blinding Lights” (recorded by the Weeknd, choreographed by @macdaddyz)
“Up” (recorded by Cardi B, choreographed by @theemyanicole)
“Fergalicious” (recorded by Fergie and will.i.am, choreographed by @thegilberttwins).
The problem is that Addison Rae and other TikTok celebrities have made a career off these dances without crediting their choreographers, who are often people of color and have not received the same amount of fame.
Has this happened before?
The Renegade dance was one of the biggest TikTok crazes and people such as Addison Rae and Charlie D’Amelio used the dance among many others they did not create to amass their following and build their careers.
But the problem is that these white TikTokers are using the creativity of Black creators without recognition.
This controversy first garnered national attention early in 2020 when The New York Times profiled Jalaiah Harmon who originally created the Renegade dance.
In June, TikTok experienced a blackout on the app as Black creators called to be treated fairly amid accusations of censorship and content suppression.
These creators claimed that TikTok owes a lot of its popularity to their trends, dances, and challenge ideas that are often repackaged by white creators, boosting those creators to internet stardom while their Black creators do not receive the same amount of attention.
TikTok apologized, vowing to do better but has struggled to show results.
Who is Addison Rae?
Addison Rae has 78.9 million followers on TikTok, 4.77 million YouTube subscribers, and 37 million Instagram followers.
On The Tonight Show, Addison Rae commented on her fame saying: “It’s kind of hard to think about it, because I feel like the growth happened over the pandemic.”
In July, Addison Rae partnered with American Eagle and then began a weekly podcast with her mom, Sheri Easterling, called Mama Knows Best.
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She launched her own makeup line, Item Beauty, with Madeby Collective.
It was announced in September that she was cast in the upcoming remake of the 1999 teen comedy She’s All That.
The gender-swapped reboot, titled He’s All That, has been in the works for years and recently started to gain traction again with the announcement of Addison Rae as the star.