If you’ve heard of TikTok, you’re either one of two people: The type that cringes when someone is making one during class, or the type that makes 32 TikToks a day, but stores 31 of them in your drafts.
However, if you’re unfamiliar with the infamous app, TikTok took over Musical.ly back in 2017, and currently has a little over 1 billion users. The app is known for its’ use of original dances, skits, and songs.
Much like Instagram has infamous celebrities, and YouTube has well known content creators, TikTok has celebrities of its own. Charli D’amelio is currently the most well known TikToker, posessing a whopping 30 million followers. She’s best known for her dancing videos.
However, like with any celebrity, if a certain song or dance is trending and millions of people are copying it, sometimes, it can be difficult to find the original creator. That’s exactly what happened with the most viral TikTok dance trend to date. Even if you don’t own the TikTok app, I’m sure you’re familiar with the “renegade” dance.
D’amelio imitated it in 2019, and as with most of her dances, it spread like wildfire. Though, it wasn’t until last month that the original creator of the dance was released. 14-year old Jalaiah Harmon started the trend, and was never given proper credit for the dance until recently.
Once D’amelio found out who created the trend, she met with Harmon, alongside best friend and popular TikToker, Addison Rae, and they all re-created the dance. She then made sure to post it on her TikTok, as did Addison, and this time, they tagged Harmon. D’amelio provided a heartfelt caption when posting the video. “I’d like to introduce you to @_.xoxlaii I am so happy that she was able to teach me the original choreography that she made. She is the best!!” Some users were still skeptical about whether or not she knew about the original creator beforehand, but the most important thing is that credit was, in fact, given.
Another trend that recently went viral is the Cannibal dance. Cannibal is a song by singer/icon, Kesha, and was released in 2010. Although the song is ten years old, it recently gained its popularity back, after D’amelio posted a TikTok of her dancing to the song. It was a very unique dance, but once again, she wasn’t the original creator. A majority of the users aren’t sure who started the trend, but D’amelio did, in fact, credit the girl in the description of her dance.
Her username on TikTok is ya.girl.bri.bri97, and she is 14-year old Briana Hantsch. According to her TikTok profile, Hantsch posts a lot of original dances, in hopes that it will catch on and become a trend. She certainly didn’t disappoint with the Cannibal dance. TikTok famous stars, regular users, and even Kesha herself latched onto the trend.
Kesha uploaded the TikTok on Wednesday, February 26th, and as of now, it has over 7 million views on it. However, although a majority of fans are going crazy over Kesha’s TikTok to her own song, others are upset. Kesha posted the video of her dance as a duet, with none other than Charli D’amelio. Although D’amelio credited Hantsch in her original video, posted on February 6th, Kesha failed to acknowledge/provide proper credit to the original creator.
It could have been that Kesha wasn’t aware at the time, but either way, many people are visibly upset in the comment section. “I wish she acknowledged the girl who originally made this dance”, commented one user, by the name of lilgrumpxx. Another user, milyyem, commented on the video, saying, “popularity always wins… why not duet the girl who actually came up with the dance?”
Although there is some backlash towards Kesha, Hantsch is being a great sport about the whole situation. She posted a TikTok on the same day that Kesha posted her dance, and appeared to be in utter disbelief. There was a caption on the screen that read, “When I open my fyp and the first thing I see is Kesha doing my dance”.
Kesha hasn’t responded to any of the comments yet.
These creators deserve all of the credit and success in the world, because without users like them, there wouldn’t be any TikTok trends for D’amelio, Addison Rae, or any of the Hype House members/TikTok users to follow.