March 6th, 2013
09:40 AM ET

Harlem shaking the Arab world?

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In America, "Harlem Shake" may be the top pop single. In Egypt and Tunisia, there's some serious Harlem shaking going on. And it's causing leaders to tremble as it becomes a potent symbol of protest, revolt and defiance.

Take the kids in the video at a school in Tunisia. They danced en masse to the song and posted their exploits on YouTube. That prompted a quarter of a million hits and reports of an investigation by the country's minister of education and that prompted a backlash. Video after video after video of Tunisians proudly doing the Harlem shake in defiance.

More from CNN: What the Shake has to do with Harlem

And then there's Egypt, where the authorities went further and the backlash was worse. Four pharmaceutical students were arrested for doing this Harlem shake in front of the pyramids, and that set off a big reaction. Late in the week in Cairo, there was a mass shake in front of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters to protest.

Now, who says America's popular culture exports have no value?

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Topics: Arab Spring • GPS Show

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  1. me

    Hopefully it will shake all of the countries that don't allow freedom of expression. Shake Shake Shake.

    March 6, 2013 at 10:32 am | Reply
    • retwqaas

      Yet i cant express i dont like gays or the ideas they have ithout being called all sorts of names and a monger.

      March 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Reply
      • Griff

        Let's make this very plain and simple: You have the freedom of expression. You are free to express your feelings about anything in the world. However, you're not the only person who gets this right! I, too, have the freedom of expression. So, if you say that you don't like gay people, and I respond by calling you an ignorant bigot, we are both exercising our rights :). You have the right to express yourself; not the right to be free of criticism.

        March 6, 2013 at 3:53 pm |
      • brandon

        you can express that, it'll just make you look like a butt hurt loser. something you're hidin'? shake shake shake

        March 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm |
      • ThaGerm

        You just expressed it. And though you may look like an azs for doing so, nobody is going to arrest you for it.

        March 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm |
      • mrhapiguy

        Just because you are free to express your prejudices does not mean it is smart to do so. Others are just as free to respond. I suggest you keep your hateful views to yourself if you can not handle the criticism.

        March 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm |
      • eric

        Gays are gross, immoral, unnatural and in every possible way bad for society and a bad for children to be around. 95% of people feel this same way, gay is a mental health disorder and should be fixed – not encouraged!!! Society is falling apart and some people think it's OK and we should just embrace this people like there's nothing wrong with them.

        March 6, 2013 at 4:27 pm |
      • Keep It Real

        Please keep your hate speech in church where it is protected.

        March 6, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
      • PinkPistol

        You have the right. I am gay and don't care, it doesn't bother me, maybe I am just a strong willed person and don't feel the need to point out displeasure at everything other people say, which usually makes others look like their whining or makes them feel like they are righteous individuals in their own mind.

        Stay strong my friends.

        March 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm |
      • Lawless4U

        You have the freedom to express whatever thoughts you have HOWEVER, everyone else ALSO has the freedom to express their displeasure at your bigoted thoiughts.

        March 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
      • David in NC

        Based on the fact that you just expressed what you said you cannot express, you are either very stupid, or a liar, or both.

        March 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
      • The wise owl

        Retwqaas, you can say you don’t like gays just as we can say that we don’t like your opinion. Freedom of expression goes both ways dummy.
        Eric, can you back up any of that hate speech? You say that they are gross, to you, that is fine, but it doesn’t make them bad for society or for children to be around. Can you provide anything that backs up that statement? The vast majority of child abusers identify themselves has being straight. The American Medical Association and the American Mental Health Association would disagree with you calling it a mental disorder. In fact the one and only study that said that it might be able to be cured has since recanted it and apologized for all of the damage that has been done to people who subjected to praying the gay away and other mock therapies. Tell me how society is falling apart and show me how the gays are responsible for it. I double dog dare you!

        March 6, 2013 at 5:18 pm |
      • Arsh

        you are allowed to freely express that you hate gays. but the rest of the population is allowed to freely call you names. and i'm freely allowed to troll the interwebz

        March 6, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
      • Pepp

        Sorry, point is the government can't tell you that you can't say something. Other people (i.e., non-bigots) are not constrained in what they say, they can point out that you're a neaderthal all day. (remember, freedom of speech doesn't just apply to you).

        March 6, 2013 at 5:49 pm |
      • jocr13

        @ lawless4u is @ Keep it real being a biggotted, prejudice religionist by assuming the this sub human igoes to church (i.e. Christian)

        @ all of you dog piling this "sub human" – why are you not dog piling Keep it Real on this issue as well. I am deeply offended by the assumption the "sub human" goes to church (i.e. Christian) – remember bigotry goes both ways.

        Save us from your self righteousness and stop all hatred. by the way, sorry to offend and "sub humans" that may have read this on a blog mistaken for ligitimate news.

        March 6, 2013 at 6:31 pm |

        I am glad that Christian is deeply offended. Now he can see how we gays feel when some people come in the name of Christ saying we are less than and deserving less rights, etc. We have been deeply offended as a community for decades. I have been called names even before I knew I got aware I was gay (I was however attracted since childhood just not aware). So this name calling and sensitivities go both ways.

        Stop worrying so much about your dog and your picket fences and worry more about your neighbors, friends and fellows. I don't know what God wants but I am sure what God does not want and that is HATE. Peace to you all.

        March 6, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
      • mmi16

        Freedom of speech, is not freedom of other peoples reactions to that speech.

        March 7, 2013 at 12:27 am |
      • miss molly o.


        March 7, 2013 at 2:25 am |
      • GabbaGabba

        What do you mong? Fish? You saying you're a fishmonger who is afraid he'll catch a little something "extra" in your net?

        March 7, 2013 at 4:21 am |
      • Jay

        There is nothing wrong with you not liking gays. What is wrong is the way you express your dislike, and your thinking that your disliking gays is reason enough to deprive them of their civil righhts.

        March 7, 2013 at 4:40 am |
      • GabbaGabba

        Must be super appealing to fish, I bet ya got real "fish appeal"... $5 says retwqaas is a fish him or herself!

        March 7, 2013 at 4:42 am |
      • mattski

        You're joking, right?

        March 7, 2013 at 7:05 am |
      • ms. maud

        I like all people. I don't judge. Even if doesn't agree with my beliefs, I figure it's between God and them. It relieves one of all the negative energy spent not liking someone. As long as they good law abiding citizens who do not infringe upon my rights, let people be the people they are. We are not all made in one mold. That's what makes our world interesting and diverse.

        March 7, 2013 at 7:35 am |
      • I am not sorry

        You sound cute. Maybe we should hang out, I am a power bottom.

        March 7, 2013 at 10:12 am |
      • Tom

        Sounds to me like you're ready for the latest edition of "Hand job for dummies" (victim version)

        March 7, 2013 at 10:44 am |
      • Timodeus

        Griff, it works both ways, I think you're an ignorant bigot too.

        March 7, 2013 at 2:22 pm |
      • maryam

        Gays were born that way(not that some of it would choose it either). They are no different than a child born without an arm, or mentally challenged, or conjoined twins. Something happens in utero at conception, it happens in animals too. We help children with other afflictions they are born with. You need to use common sense, things go wrong sometimes that are not planned. Some people are born to be more prone to other health issues. God loves all of his children, no matter their faith or no faith. No matter their affliction in life. He loves us for not judging and for accepting each others differences. I think a loving God would frown on brothers and sisters hating someone because they are different or are born with a genetic flaw. Gays have to learn to accept that flaw and love themselves, good parents and friends help them fac

        March 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
      • Doug

        Griff – great point

        March 10, 2013 at 6:48 pm |
      • Syed

        Your one sentence drew so much criticism and hatred from others, wouldn't it be better if you weren't allowed to say that? That's exactly why many countries don't allow freedom of speech.

        March 11, 2013 at 10:20 am |
      • MarkinFL

        Syed, that's ridiculous.

        March 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
      • BlueJay

        Griff, there is an old saying, better to remain silent and be thought a fool then to open ones mouth and remove all doubt. No one here has any doubt about you.

        March 12, 2013 at 8:44 am |
      • PushingBack

        ^^^Exactly what Griff said!

        March 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm |
    • GT66

      Right, let's be smug in our :freedom of expression" while we're patted down and probed by the TSA, barred from lawful assembly to protest, have our information collected and sold, have our privacy eroded and be intimidated by daily government "shows of force" vis the DHS. Right, America the great liberator. Everyday we sound more and more like North Korea.

      March 6, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Reply
      • tony

        And that's just a tiny selection of the stuff we used to say was what communism was about

        March 6, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
      • Sidewinder

        You do realize that freedom of speech is just so you can blow off steam and then go home, rather than gather in some basement fomenting the overthrow of a tyrannical government? Marx said religion was the opiate of the masses, here in Amerika the first ammendment is the opiate of the masses.

        March 6, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
      • takemetoyourleader

        Yeah right! And now big brother will come to arrest and kill you...just like North Korea.

        March 6, 2013 at 4:24 pm |
      • A

        Yeah! Don't you dare protest Scott Walker...he will shut you down. Koch brothers right behind him...I guess big money is just as dangerous as big government!

        March 6, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
      • Anonymous

        @ A, you guys lost the recall election, and it was fair, so don't complain about it

        March 6, 2013 at 6:25 pm |
      • Americans = Sheeple = Stupid (free speech!)

        Americans! keep enjoying being lied to and fed illogical virtues by your government and media [read pagan powers] that worship ancient egyptian idols (youtube the "Bhohemian grove" and see why your leaders won't answer questions about it)

        Your angry responses to the guy who mentioned freedom to say he hates gays explains why Arabs would respond angrily to whatever the stupid harlem shake is. Some American leaders (controlled by Israeli zioist masters) will keep you busy doing and glorifying the most stupid and vain things. It's freedom of speech if it hurts someone else. It's hate speech if it doesn't agree with you – how convenient!

        March 7, 2013 at 2:00 am |
      • MarkinFL

        Sorry, the Egyptian GOVERNMENT responded angrily, the people told them to shove it (good for them). Our gov't does not do that. Personal reaction is protected. Seems some people do not understand our 1st Amendment.

        March 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
    • Shake it up

      Dance, people of the world!

      March 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Reply
    • sonny chapman

      The Spirit of Elvis Presley is alive & well !

      March 6, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • Do Rostum

      I hope the authorities in Egypt crack down on this foolishness. People died in the Arab Spring for real reform, not so that students could be caught up in western filth. The MB needs to step in and solve this issue.

      March 6, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Reply
      • Mightaswellbe

        Says the Dictatorship of the Mosque.

        March 6, 2013 at 5:57 pm |
      • JD

        And I hope you get arrested just for being an a$$hat on the internet for no aparent reason.

        March 6, 2013 at 6:02 pm |
      • i12bphil

        People died in the Arab spring with the hopes of being free. They died with the hope of reform and democracy. They didn't give their lives so that others could endure more oppression, especially from the likes of you.

        March 6, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
      • World Yankee

        Yet they sure like "Western" tourist income, and Western Foreign aide and Western jet fighters and Western Internet. Hypocite!

        March 6, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
      • tokencode

        People died so they don't have to listen to the likes you tell others what is right and wrong. You better get used to it, Western culture and freedom are both very contagious.

        March 6, 2013 at 10:30 pm |
      • Miko

        Yeah Do Rostum... The middle east justice should behead you for being STUPID.

        March 7, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
      • maryam

        They are just having fun, not breaking the law. Chill.

        March 9, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
      • MarkinFL

        The MB believe having fun should be against the law.

        March 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm |
    • Jeffj

      As other nation's freedom of expression increases, ours disappear thanks for Dictator Obama

      March 7, 2013 at 1:36 am | Reply
      • MarkinFL

        Please illustrate....

        March 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
      • Hugh Jass

        What a dope you are, Jeff. Nobody's taking away any of your freedoms, except that you are no longer free to say a black man will never be president. Stop listening to Rush and eating your own dogfood. Imagine being dumb enough to think a black guy from Chi-town is going to be anti-gun.

        March 13, 2013 at 2:51 pm |
      • PushingBack

        Just look at all the freedoms Obama has removed. Like, for example...

        Give me some time...


        Oh well, can't think of anything. Carry on!

        March 13, 2013 at 3:02 pm |
    • rasheed

      i think this is overblown. CNN wants to make this a big deal, like how every other story has to be about gays (Anderson cooper, etc.). They stick something so much into your face that it becomes the talk of the town and then you're not as bothered by it.

      This will go away on its own if they stop covering it, like the emo girls, against which CNN claimed Iraq was taking action. It's just a bunch of kids playing. They'll stop as soon as the beer intoxication loses its effect. Relax everyone!

      March 7, 2013 at 2:15 am | Reply
    • Tom

      This kind of behavior (Harlem Shake) is the epitome of society's dumbing down... Not a measure of freedom or more importantly, intelligence.

      March 7, 2013 at 1:09 pm | Reply
      • moose

        Our forefathers got drunk, dressed up as indians, then somehow ended up on a boat and proceeded to throw its cargo overboard. Jus' sayin...

        March 7, 2013 at 11:56 pm |
      • MarkinFL

        Yeah, because intelligent people never engage in goofy behavior. They are always on task and deadpan serious.

        March 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
      • Hugh Jass

        I say to you, go to YouTube and watch "Rock the Casbah." Our music and culture are a direct assault on the restrictions of Muslim culture. They use the authority of Allah Himself to preach against Western music, and guess what? Honey badger don't care. We make it, and they see it, and they make a choice about whether it's good or not. Sharia don't like it? Rock the Casbah.

        March 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
      • PushingBack

        If a crazy music movement causes these kids to open their minds to the ideals of freedom, then who are any of us to say it should not happen?

        March 13, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • Jenn

      Once again the reporter was wrong. The kids were arrested because they were in their UNDERWEAR in front of the pyramids. NOT because they were shaking. If he had been accurate (and not trying to simply add drama) he would have stated that all over CAIRO they are doing this and even the police and military have videos on YOUTUBE. So this guy making Egypt look like a third world country is a pampas ass.

      March 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Reply
      • Sean

        Hey, that's a really good point. CNN never seems to quite get the news right.

        March 10, 2013 at 10:49 am |
    • Sean

      That is an interesting article. To bad all the following responses are all about some person's views on gays , really weird. I mean what the hell?

      March 10, 2013 at 10:47 am | Reply
      • Mike

        For some reason, that's what it always comes down to. Very strange.

        March 12, 2013 at 11:57 am |
    • Karim

      freedom of expression is a paradox

      March 10, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Reply
      • MarkinFL

        only to the uptight.

        March 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
    • awe

      yeah.. shaking baby,,,

      March 11, 2013 at 12:37 am | Reply
  2. matslats

    Only we can show those backward arabs how to be free!
    Go America!

    March 6, 2013 at 11:08 am | Reply
    • LaTuya83

      I like that "con los terroristas", lol.

      March 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • Call me Bwana

      Che, pibe! Viva la revolución!

      March 6, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Reply
    • dwelsh

      It was actually started in Australia, not America.

      March 6, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Reply
      • marilyn

        lol the song is American. It was started in America.

        March 6, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
      • Todd Michaels

        The Harlem Shake started in New York in the early 80's It had a different name then. Australia?? Really??

        March 6, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
    • Backward arabs, or backward americans?

      Americans are the ones who are backwards – they stick their things into the back sides to enjoy contact with someone elses excrement. People who do that are cool and are glorified. How free is speech criticizing such backward and disgusting activity? How free is reading and preaching the bible, such verses that are against such backwardness. You know you can't win an argument in this area, but you have power and more guns.

      March 7, 2013 at 2:07 am | Reply
      • gays are cool

        anyone who says gays are not cool should be put in jail for their whole lives

        March 7, 2013 at 2:09 am |
      • Miko

        Arabs have been sticking it in people's backside for ever. It is your form of birth control for thousands of years.

        March 7, 2013 at 12:11 pm |
      • maryam

        What you DONT know it, it does go on amongst them, just behind closed doors,because they will be arrested or hanged(Iran) if someone finds out just as incest happens there. People here do not marry they own relatives as what goes on there because of the chance of problems with their children if they do so. Gays were born that way(not that some of it would choose it either). They are no different than a child born without an arm, or mentally challenged, or conjoined twins. Something happens in utero at conception, it happens in animals too. We help children with other afflictions they are born with. You need to use common sense, things go wrong sometimes that are not planned. Some people are born to be more prone to other health issues. God loves all of his children, no matter their faith or no faith. No matter their affliction in life. He loves us for not judging and for accepting each others differences. I think a loving God would frown on brothers and sisters hating someone because they are different or are born with a genetic flaw. Gays have to learn to accept that flaw and love themselves, good parents and friends help them face judgmental people like you.

        March 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
      • MarkinFL

        There are no personal restrictions on criticizing gays or quoting the bible in public. There are restrictions on quoting the bible or other religious texts on gov't time though.

        March 11, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
  3. rightospeak

    It has to do with the Internet which is changing the world and the monopoly on power.

    March 6, 2013 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • Mark


      It has to do with the Internet which is changing the world and the monopoly on power.

      I must disagree. The internet is nothing more than a tool – a powerful tool but a tool nonetheless – and to which I think you give it far more credit than it merits. It is the idea being communicated, not the means by which it was communicated – does it invalidate how powerful it is or that it is pivotal in reaching out to so many? No, that is true. But first you must have an idea that people believe in. The right to express ourselves, as your namesake implies, is so fundamentally simple we understand it intuitively – but I think you have to give the people that push that envelope more credit than the technology.

      March 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Reply
      • David

        Mark, Mark--It has to do with the internet-you disagree with that asnd then yhou agree with it-It has EVERYTHING to do with the internet-there have been notable and brilliant ideas since mane exited his cave-but he could only share with the guy next to him-ease of communication has changed the world-–hopefuly the best of ideas can be shared -but not only shared -but acted on-a brilliant idea that never gets expressed or acted on is just as thought-dead

        March 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
      • rm13 is far far more important than a tool of protests. The internet allows curious minds to learn about other ideas..this instills curiosity, opens minds and fights brainwashing, and nationalistic upbringing. It is this exposure to information and ideas that changes cultures and empowers people to think independently... this is what caused the Arab spring..this is what is causing these protests and this is what will empower previously ignorant populations to understand just how oppressed they really are.

        March 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm |
      • cricket

        Mark, an idea will go nowhere with out a means to communicate it. The Internet is a huge media tool that covers the world and spreads ideas instantaneously.

        March 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
      • eatmorechicken

        Mark, you do not know what you are talking about with all due respect.
        I get the feeling that your just saying a bunch of stuff to feel important.
        This is the truth:
        The idea of freedom has been around forever.
        The means to communicate the idea has been around forever. albeit slowly and in more or less a one to one relationship between communicators.
        The internet IS the tool that is making all of this possible because it brings multiplicity and speed to the communication of a message. It eliminates the barriers of time, distance and language. it is instantaneous .. and this allows for it to be used to organize and coordinate the message. This is new.
        You have a very simplistic grasp on what is happening, I suggest you THINK about it a bit more before you speak.

        March 6, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
      • JP

        You are splitting hairs and playing with semantics. The Internet is the most important conduit for information dissemination that has ever been invented. You can't understate its importance.

        March 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm |
      • JP

        Correction: You can't overstate its importance.

        March 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
      • xZENTIGERx

        seems the rightospeak is RIGHT and you are a complex stoopidolostmindoamigoyaeyo

        March 6, 2013 at 3:52 pm |
      • Canada

        "The Medium is the Message." – Some famous Canadian. anyways. The internet is a tool not to be relied on. much the same with Bank accounts, and other computer databases.

        March 6, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
      • csy

        Without the Internet, this "shake" will likely not have been seen/heard/learned in North Africa and thereabouts....nor would the rest of the world be seeing North Africans dance to it....nor would North African govts care. Like "Gangnam Style" youtube video, no fame....just ordinary song that wouldn't have gotten airplay beyond Seoul (and a month or two at that).

        March 6, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
  4. JAL

    I don't get it. I guess I am out of touch.

    March 6, 2013 at 11:56 am | Reply
    • JAL

      Oh, it is a song.

      March 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • Alien8

      The current fad is duplicating the video using your friends as actors. They are freaking out because they can't keep it out of their country, along with every other cool thing we make. America in your face once again, world.

      March 6, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Reply
  5. HarlemShaker

    Shake Shake Shake Tunisa!

    March 6, 2013 at 2:35 pm | Reply
    • World Yankee

      Shake shake shake, SHAKE your Burka! Shake your Burka!!!

      March 6, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  6. Mohamiss Shafique-Kaddir

    This activity is blasphemy . Anyone acting like a filthy Infidel should be punished . A good whipping should make this issue go away . If it doens't heads will role , literally .

    March 6, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • ronmexico99

      Don't you have a vest to strap to your body or a woman to stone???

      March 6, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Reply
    • no

      You are a fool and a troll. Go away, nobody cares what you have to say.

      March 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • Booger

      I see what you did there.

      March 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • rock woman

      It might be helpful if you explained just why you consider this blasphemy?

      March 6, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • Mike H.

      100 lashes to the buttocks... in public.

      March 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Reply
    • freeman

      it is only blasphemy to those who believe in your idiot religion...

      Religious knuckleheads just don't get that the rest of us don't give a flying $%^& about their stupid rules and regulations. The only reason any of the oppression based religions are still here is due to thier willingness to use violence to coerce the non-believers into falling into lock step line – nothing at all to do with "truth". Believe or die – Christ's motto? Sure was for the enforcers of his church for the last 2000 years. I prey that every single person who has ever killed another in the name of God/Jesus/Allah etc is, or will be, swimming in the lake of fire for all of eternity. Every single one!

      March 6, 2013 at 3:17 pm | Reply
      • jbcal

        So if someone murders and it's not in the name of God/Jesus/Allah then you're ok with that?

        March 6, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • cricket

      "Mohamiss Shafique-Kaddir
      This activity is blasphemy . Anyone acting like a filthy Infidel should be punished . A good whipping should make this issue go away . If it doens't heads will role , literally ."

      What a low life comment. Who died and left your kind in control of the world? Crawl back into your cave and chew on a couple of dry bones.

      March 6, 2013 at 3:22 pm | Reply
      • Alien8

        If this guy's a real Arab, I am a real Alien.

        March 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
      • Canada

        I was waiting for someone with intelligence to pick up on that.

        March 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm |
    • Call me Bwana

      If you look at the mirror you will se Uranus

      March 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm | Reply
    • David in NC

      It is so difficult to tell a Poe from a Troll. If you are a troll, then here is some news for you: Enough of us don't care about your fake god that your monopoly on power is going away. It is coming along quite nicely in the west and is now creeping into the theocratic hell hole that you call home.

      March 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  7. Sarah K.

    Heaven forbid people dance and have a good time.

    March 6, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Reply
    • Alien8

      "Heaven forbid people dance and have a good time." That's Southern Baptist, right? Footloose, etc? Can't do it standing up because someone might look in the window and think you're dancing?

      March 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm | Reply
      • Sarah K.

        Well I certainly wasn't trying to quote a movie etc. Just can't understand why people get so bent out of shape by people getting together and having fun.

        March 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
  8. opalbunny

    The majority of the videos the people that are doing th Harlem Shake are doing it wrong. No wonder these folks are scared.LOL!. It's actually a cute fun dance.

    March 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  9. Mark Fisher

    Armed Forces Eliminate Terrorists and Destroy their Hideouts in Idleb Countryside

    Armed Forces units destroyed several gatherings of terrorists in al-Qinya, Zarzour, al-Kastan and Meshmeshan in Jisr al-Shughour countryside in Idleb province along with the terrorists, munitions and equipment inside them.

    Another unit destroyed three cars equipped with heavy machineguns in the villages of Tal Salmo, al-Hamidiye and Oum Jerin and eliminated terrorists in Qeminas, al-Nayrab, Bannesh, Sraqeb, Sahl al-Rouj and Maartamsrin.

    Yet another unit inflicted heavy losses upon terrorists in the town of Hish and the areas around Ma'aret al-Nu'man, killing and injuring a number of them.

    Armed Forces Eliminate Terrorists from Jabhet al-Nusra in Deir Ezzor

    An Armed Forces unit clashed with seven terrorists from Jabhet al-Nusra who attempted to sneak into the city of Deir Ezzor on Monday night through the graveyards in the city's southern side, eliminating the seven of them, one of which was identified as Abdelaziz Fawwaz al-Abed.

    Also on Monday night, another Armed Forces unit clashed with a terrorist group which attempted to attack a military point in the 7 KM area in Deir Ezzor countryside, eliminating a number of terrorists inclduign Mus'ab Jamal al-Zeidan.

    Army Unit Clashes with Terrorists in al-Sheikh Miskin

    A unit of the armed forces today clashed with an armed terrorist group in al-Sheikh Miskin town in Daraa countryside, killing several of terrorists and injuring many others.

    An official source told SANA that among the killed terrorists were Ala al-Muhr, Hafez Abdul-hamid and Muhanad Kasem Abu Salou.

    March 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • cricket

      .... and your point is????

      Didn't this thread start out about a dance? Where di you get that stuff from a 'dance' thread?

      March 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm | Reply
    • Alien8

      Hooray. Little Markie has learned how to cut and paste. He has come of age.

      March 6, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  10. Gee

    You're all farking nuts if you think this is in the least bit going to change anything. All i read here was a pro-america piece with very little substance. USA! USA! USA!

    March 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      Sorry, we got out of line there a little thinking anything could change you. Go back to being ignorant wife beating cowards.

      March 6, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Reply
    • Alien8

      Gee Whiz. Looks to me as if a bunch of dictators have their knickers in a twist about how useless Sharia has been at keeping American pop tunes and American ideas out of their subjects' lives. I bet they all know who Lady Gaga is, too, and have opinions about Rihanna getting back together with what's his name. Sharia don't like it? Rock the Casbah!

      March 6, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • Tigg

      You're just jelly because you're a stick in the mud. SHAKE. Shake shake shake!

      March 7, 2013 at 6:37 am | Reply
  11. Raul Mennendes

    Cordis Die!

    March 6, 2013 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  12. JASC92

    y wonder how they would react if they knew that it says "WITH THE TERRORIST!!!"?

    March 6, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  13. Erik

    Time to send in Ren McCormick!

    March 6, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  14. Huh?

    Hey, who would have thought that a harmless dance on youtube can create a protest movement – not opposed to it but USES it?

    In other news . . . .

    Harlem, New York is cringing. >.<'

    March 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  15. Sekou Suehn

    Yes !!! I am loving it.....:) lol

    March 6, 2013 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  16. Mike

    this is the same as America, people were arrested for dancing at the Jefferson memorial, they are just following our lead.

    March 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  17. wheels

    Very Cool

    March 6, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  18. Vivec

    Let this obnoxious meme die. just like The Gangnam Style craze, American pop-culture has become a parody of itself. Time to take it out back and shoot it.

    March 6, 2013 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • ShakeYourBooty

      Someone will take up your suggestion as the next craze, perhaps the NRA will adopt your message.

      March 6, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  19. All smiles

    Can't say I'll ever do the Harlem Shake but if it brings happiness to someone then "Shake, Rattle and Roll!" God gave us life to live for only a brief time. Why waste it?

    March 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  20. ShakeYourBooty

    The disco craze era songs that mention shaking body parts predate this latest craze by a few decades and caused no such concerns then. The internet has now taken hold on the youth of the world and the Pandora's Box is now open. What will pop out is anyone's guess.

    March 6, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  21. phearis

    This is just as stupid as "Planking", "Owling", "Tebowing" or "Faith Hilling" and hopefully sooner than later, people will realize how incredibly stupid it truly is and will it fade into the Interweb history books to be mocked and ridiculed for generations to come.

    March 6, 2013 at 2:58 pm | Reply
    • rm13

      wow...have drink and relax...

      March 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Reply
    • John Doe

      No Call Me Maybe'ing?

      March 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • Erik

      Ask your doctor if 'bitter life' is right for you!

      March 6, 2013 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • Alien8

      Yes, you are right, it's a fad like owling or planking or streaking or packing phone booths and swallowing goldfish, Gramps. And it will be over, just like they were, and we will make fun of them. The difference is that this is happening in countries where America is supposedly not very popular, and enraging dictators into arresting people for doing silly stuff.

      March 6, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  22. Me

    Next up the Cairo shuffle

    March 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  23. McFoofoo

    I always hated that movie.

    March 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  24. nat

    This is so stupid.

    March 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  25. mique

    There's nothing like a good peaceful protest! The particular fad of the time will pass, but the idea of freedom of expression will remain.

    March 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  26. MoMO


    March 6, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • guest2014

      yeah, crap for the crap-seeking world...

      March 6, 2013 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  27. LaTuya83

    Yeah but according to Liberal the whole world hates us and our culture. Word of advise travel out of the state and you'll see how much, in fact, they like us. Especially the poor they love the US and our culture. Take it from someone who has travel the world and doesn't waste time with the cry me a river type but with motivated people who go out and make things happen for themselves.

    March 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Reply
    • heliocracy

      English was obviously not your first language. Where are you from again?

      March 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm | Reply
  28. zbeast

    I though this Shake dance thing was dumb.. but if it's upsetting to the middle east i'm now all for it.

    March 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  29. Steves

    The Harlem Shake is so yesterday. We've moved onto GALLON SMASHING.

    March 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm | Reply
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