Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Brothers in rhythm

The next time some plausible bigot starts wielding The Bell Curve or a similarly specious tome to justify, ever so politely, the notion of white racial superiority, I'll just show them this:



followed by this:

15 comments:

The Bureauista said...

Hmm, first this made me think 'why don't people tap dance anymore', then it made me go on youtube and search for 'black people who can't dance'. The results were not pretty.

Word verification: hangs

Charles Frith said...

Look you haven't really lived until your Nokia client (who pays your sodding mortgage and can sleep with your wife) insists you do some Finnish disco dancing in the morning over at some trendy Shoreditch hub, straight after the morning Danish pastries.

Me doing my moves right at the end.

http://bit.ly/muCH

Betty said...

The Nicholas Brothers managed to live to a ripe old age. Pretty surprising when you consider the numerous opportunities to die during one of their dance routines.

For me, the nadir of white interpretive dancing was Jimmy Pursey's appearance on Riverside. "We are ... the men in black!"

garfer said...

White men dancing is the reason I refuse to attend wedding receptions.

Some pissed uncle is guaranteed to wow those in attendance with his Mick Jagger impersonation.

Mr Murph said...

The standing jumps were good but those flying splits at the end were making me wince. I was worried about the ball curve mainly.

Fat Roland said...

The second one is the bad one, right?

Steerforth said...

'You love me, you wanna love me tender,

How can I be sure you're not pretender?'

Marvellous!

Valerie said...

I shouldn't have watched this at work because now I'm sitting in my office with tears running down my face. That second video is really amazing.

Why is my spam word "expeons"? I'd like to think I'm an ex-peon, but in reality I'm more of a peon now than I was 20 years ago.

Valerie said...

Also?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArZRWJwKdWs

Tim Footman said...

Not only can some black people not dance, Bureauista, but some can't do the Groucho-Marx-running-backwards thing.

Magnificent Charles. All those fixed grins saying "this is ironic, isn't it? ISN'T IT???"

Die or be killed, Betty. If you look closely, a saxophonist nearly gets his face kicked off.

That's not entirely fair, Garfer. Some white men can throw a few shapes: http://tinyurl.com/3lm56c

I thought the Murphster had none to curve.

Depends, Roland. Where do you stand on Kenny G?

Steerforth: I'm sure at one point he sings "a bit of a bender".

Valerie: That's got to be the final session of an NAACP Confront Your Own Cultural Prejudices Away Day in Hickory Knob, SC.

FirstNations said...

In the grand tradition of the 1970's I watched the nice young foreign persons with the sound turned off. Instead I threw on the musical stylings of Mr. Robert Zombie. our nice young foreign persons danced like magic pixies in perfect time to 'Living Dead Girl', which was both trippy and awesome. And I'm not even stoned.

wv ressivu: the name of the blonde guys haircut.

Tim Footman said...

Good job they were in perfect time to Mr Zombie, FN, as they sure as hell weren't to the original tune.

Incidentally, is it just me, or does the verse sound uncannily like the beginning of Kylie's 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head'?

Valerie said...

Of course this post is just more proof that you are the King of Juxtaposition, Tim...

Taiga the Fox said...

One of the dancers (in the Armi & Danny video) taught me how to dance breakdance. I think I don't have to say how good I am at it.

Tim Footman said...

Well, Valerie, if you've got to be king of something...

Taiga: Does that include the pretending-to-be-and-old-person dance?