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YouTube Guide: Harlem residents react to the Harlem Shake

People interviewed on the streets of Harlem think the "Harlem Shake" meme is corny as hell.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Feb 20, 2013   Updated on Jun 2, 2021, 12:04 am CDT

With more than 72 hours of footage uploaded every minute, it’s physically impossible to keep track of the content on YouTube. But in YouTube Guide, the Daily Dot will curate its five favorite finds for each workday.

1) SchleppFilms, “Harlem Reacts to ‘Harlem Shake’ Videos”

Harlem residents have something to say about the Harlem Shake: “That ain’t the Harlem Shake.” SchleppFilms conducts a series of street interviews with people around Harlem  to get their views on the newest and dumbest Internet trend.

2) BarelyPolitical, “2013 Oscar Nominees Practice Speeches”

Most actors will tell their peers that they didn’t expect to win the award, but some have better odds than others when it comes to Oscar Night. Anne Hathaway, Daniel Day Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, and Joaquin Phoenix are just some of the actors that practice their speeches in front of the mirror before the big night.

3) Slacktory, “This isn’t TV, this is real life!”

There’s a tongue-in-cheek nod whenever TV shows wink at the audience with the cliche “this isn’t TV, this is real life” line, but life’s not always full of cameras, weekly medical mysteries, and attractive doctors, so even the more believable shows are still just shows.

4) Scott Bradlee, “‘Levels of Tetris’ (Avicii / ‘Tetris’ Theme Song Ragtime Mashup)”

Even if you spent much of your childhood playing Tetris on the Nintendo Entertainment System, you haven’t heard the familiar theme like this. Scott Bradlee turns the classic, 8-bit music into a ragtime mashup tune you can still move your blocks to.

5) CopycatKidz, “2012 Oscar Nominees for Best Picture”

With only a few days until the Oscars, it may be difficult to see all of the nominated movies in time to judge for yourself whether Ben Affleck got snubbed, but a recap boils down what really resonated with these kids.

Photo via SchleppFilms/YouTube

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*First Published: Feb 20, 2013, 8:15 pm CST