Harlem Shake a way to relieve stress!!

 

No, we’re not promoting yet another viral “Harlem Shake” video. We promise. But is it possible the song that has inspired hundreds, if not thousands, of imitators could be spurring a “Harlem Shake” cultural revolution in the Middle East?

CNN’s Jason Miks raises the question, pointing out a number of cases in which “Harlem Shake” videos have been investigated by the governments of Tunisia and Egypt. Those investigations have led to even more “Harlem Shake” videos made in protest of the investigations.

Young people across Egypt have clearly been inspired by the viral video sensation, with no shortage of “Harlem Shake” videos popping up in a YouTube search. However, a group of students were arrested after filming a “Harlem Shake” video in front of the pyramids. That led to a protest video filmed in front of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo.

Ironically, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood took part in his own “Harlem Shake” parody video, which subsequently was removed from YouTube after complaints from the Brotherhood.

In Tunisia, similar “Harlem Shake” videos were investigated by the country’s minister of education. And the response from the country’s youth? Filming and releasing an avalanche of additional “Harlem Shake” videos.

“This dance for us represents a way to vent, to forget for a little while all the stress we’ve been under for the past year,” Sabiha, a 21-year-old student who took part in one of the protest videos, told ABC News.

So, whether you love or hate the “Harlem Shake” phenomenon, it’s hard not to be moved by these tales of the world’s youth using the power of video and music to promote freedom in their homelands.

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    Chaz

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    Chaz55 mins agoReport Abuse

    Someday the Muslim Brotherhood will implode when they realize that Frank Zappa was decades ahead of his time with “Sheik Yerbouti”

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    southernhippy2 hrs 18 mins agoReport Abuse

    Welp! Now it’s infecting another country, I guess stupid is indeed contagious.

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    D2 hrs 21 mins agoReport Abuse

    This is nothing, you should see the Harlem shake they do at the epileptic ward at the hospital.

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    Alan1 hr 53 mins agoReport Abuse

    at least we can export stupid.

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    Dash52 mins agoReport Abuse

    It’s a race between the popes of the vatican or the islamist god’s law wielders to post the first “Harlem shake’ video and win the world affection. I’m rootin for the bishops.

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    MidnightMoses20 mins agoReport Abuse

    Finally, a common denominator the whole world is starting to groove to. Imagine Huan Dum #$%$ over there in North Korea with his flying chimps breaking it down.

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    James1 hr 25 mins agoReport Abuse

    Those officials over there are so wound up that when people actually have fun they think its some kind of conspiracy against them.

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    ddb34 mins agoReport Abuse

    I think that it looks like a blast!!

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    Mark57 mins agoReport Abuse

    Harlem Shake meets “Arab Spring”???

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    Kai22 mins agoReport Abuse

    i do it randomly to embarrass my kids.it is fun.js.if you’re too fat,lazy,or classy,,keep your arsenal on the couch.potato.as much as ppl sit around and kids are now vitamin D deficient video game junkies-BE HAPPY PPL ARE MOVING AROUND.geez.ps/seen more white ppl then black ppl doing this dance so… More

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