TikTok debuts #distancedance to get people to stay home

If you're bored in the house and you're in the house bored, TikTok wants to help you stay put.

Mar 25, 2020, 8:41 pm*

Internet Culture

Audra Schroeder 

Audra Schroeder

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Social distancing is crucial right now, but how do we get through to the young people who don’t think coronavirus is a big deal? TikTok made one of its most popular personalities the face of #distancedance.

Fifteen-year-old Charli D’Amelio, who has more than 41 million followers on TikTok, posted a clip urging others to “Stay home & do the #distancedance,” though ostensibly you can do any of the countless other viral TikTok dances if it keeps you inside.


There’s even a helpful tutorial.


While TikTok is reportedly donating money to nonprofits Feeding America and Matthew 25 for the first 3 million videos under the hashtag, it’s also rolling out a livestream series this week called #HappyAtHome, which brings together popular creators and celebrities for themed daily events. Tonight’s features D’Amelio, Loren Gray, and more doing a game night and makeup tutorials. The rest of the week is scheduled to include Tracee Ellis Ross, Bill Nye, Alicia Keys, and Megan Thee Stallion.

Being bored in the house and in the house bored could save lives right now.

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*First Published: Mar 25, 2020, 1:51 pm