woman dancing on tiktok with what looks like a dead body


Police get called on a woman who made a TikTok with a dummy that looked like a dead body

She was making a dancing pallbearer meme video.


Sierra Juarez

Internet Culture

Posted on May 22, 2020

California police showed up at the house of a TikTok user after a concerned neighbor saw her with what appeared to be a dead body.

The woman was actually filming a video for her TikTok channel and was recreating the viral dancing pallbearer meme.

The video captioned, “I will miss him,” starts with a woman mopping the floors. A man enters into the frame and carelessly walks through her freshly swept floors. The next thing viewers see is the woman dancing as she holds a body bag, which is supposed to appear to be the man who ruined her clean floors.

The TikTok is riffing off the viral pallbearer meme. The pallbearer videos typically show someone doing something reckless, stupid, or inconsiderate before the pallbearers dance while holding a coffin.

The TikTok is part of a trend of people building onto this meme, but it’s not surprising that people may have been shocked when they saw their neighbor dancing around with a body bag.

Chino, California local news outlet KTLA5 reports that neighbors thought they were witnessing a crime in progress and called the police, sounding the alarm that they had seen a woman carrying a “dead body.” The “dead body” was actually a dummy dressed in clothing, so police chalked it up to a misunderstanding.

This isn’t the first time that a TikTok required law enforcement to get involved. They’ve been called for incidents like underage girls driving a car for TikTok clout, a man licking supermarket items after news of the coronavirus spread, and more serious cases like bullying and even a suicide that was live-streamed on the video platform.

The police are also spending more time on the app in order to find and to warn parents about potentially dangerous TikTok challenges, like the “skullbreaker” challenge.

Luckily, this time around, it ended up being a harmless joke.



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*First Published: May 22, 2020, 10:03 am CDT