Harlem Shake

From Censorpedia


Year: 2013

Date of Action: February-March, 2013

Region: North America

Location: US


Medium: Dance

Confronting Bodies: US School Officials

Description of Artwork: The "Harlem Shake" is an internet video meme contain several individuals dancing, often in colorful or strange costumes, to a section of Baauer's eponymous song.

The Incident: Students across the country have faced detention, suspension and other forms of punishment from school officials for recording their own "Harlem Shake" videos. Usually students are in a partial state of undress or are dancing in a manner deemed "sexually suggestive".

Results of Incident: Punishments vary on a school-by-school basis. In the most severe cases, students have been suspended or expelled for participating in such videos.