One thing we can always count on to make the internet a slightly more horrible place is viral dance videos. It's a remarkably dependable feature of the web. For the past few weeks that viral dance video has been the "Harlem Shake," in which a single person does a dance move that is not the actual "Harlem Shake" (but which often looks similar, at least at first, to "the Bernie," another viral dance craze) to a song that is called "Harlem Shake," until the beat drops, at which point the single person who is not doing the actual "Harlem Shake" is joined by a whole gaggle of people not doing the actual "Harlem Shake."
The track that inspired all this is Baauer's "Harlem Shake," and the origin of the title is unclear. We did put in a call to the producer's rep, though, and we'll update if there's any explanation. One thing is certain: the sample used in the beginning of the track is someone saying "con los terroristas." Even the backing track agrees. You're all terrorists.
Last week, two fairly dissimilar media outlets—the bros at College Humor and the former collegiate a cappella group members at BuzzFeed—posted their "Harlem Shake" videos, and we hoped the fad might pass with the weekend. But then it hit the sports world. Generally, it's a good indication that a viral video has gone too far—here is the original, posted Feb. 2, if you're curious—when it crosses over into sports. (Think Harvard baseball singing "Call Me Maybe.") This week alone the Phoenix Suns staff recorded an edition in their equipment store, and the folks at TSN SportsCentre recorded an edition in their offices, and the George Washington men's basketball team recorded an edition at practice, and the Dallas Mavericks recorded an edition for the JumboTron, and approximately every college baseball team in the country recorded an edition in various states of undress, and it became clear that something had to be done.