Below is an excerpt from an article published in WTNH on February 27, 2013 about the Harlem Shake YouTube video phenomenon and meme appearing in mayoral elections from Mobile, Alabama to Los Angeles, California.
"It’s not uncommon to see YouTube trends come and go (Remember the “Call Me Maybe” air punches?), but it’s always fun to watch politicians get involved.
So, if you haven’t spent 30 seconds of your life watching a Harlem shake video on YouTube, you might be missing out.
It’s annoying yet mesmerizing at the same time.
It all starts when an unknown dancer enters the picture wearing a mask of some sort, gyrating out of control. When the beat drops, everyone in the room flails around to the beat.
Bad dancer? No problem. Just grab a prop and shake uncontrollably. The more awkward the dance moves, the better.
The beauty of the Harlem Shake is that anyone can participate. Just be sure the camera’s rolling and there’s someone who can upload it to YouTube. You are practically guaranteed millions of video views. The University of Georgia swim team did the dance underwater, and the Norwegian army danced in the snow .
Running for political office? Have your campaign staff join the Harlem shake party like Sandy Stimpson, who is running for mayor in Mobile, Ala. In one week, the video has received more than 18,000 views.
And the political buy-in seems to have spread across the country. Los Angeles mayoral candidate Emanuel Pleitez posted his own Harlem Shake, inviting people to join his “innovative, energetic, and fresh campaign.”
To view the original article, visit http://www.wtnh.com/dpps/elections/us_politics/social-status-harlem-shake-campaigns-nd13-jos_5631782#.US5QKzCG1yw.