A video clip of a predominantly white high school cheerleading squad has many of us cringing and wondering why Black culture must continue to bear witness to the offbeat hands of mediocrity.
The clip of a cheerleading squad trying their best attempt at getting buck during a cheer began sweeping the Twitterverse on Friday after a user named @charvonsworld shared the video she captured during a sporting event at her niece’s school.
“Y’all I have been dying at this video of the cheerleaders from my nieces school,” she wrote. “I’m in actually tears from crying.”
Trust me, sis. So are we.
Y’all I have been dying at this video of the cheerleaders from my nieces school. I’m in actually tears from crying. pic.twitter.com/OgIaeKEbbp— Princess Azula (@Charvonsworld) December 13, 2019
What makes the video even more cringe-worthy is seeing two Black girls on the team look on as their cheermates butcher the routine with unwavering confidence.
Needless to say, anyone who has attended a historically Black college or university and witnessed firsthand the aura and impeccable skill set of cheerleaders knows for a fact that this ain’t it.
Naturally, people on social media had a lot of things to say after watching the clip.
Girl that one black girl having the hardest time fighting her laughter 😂😂😂😂😂— khadijahjames🖤 (@QueenBriVII) December 14, 2019
But for real: Why was lil Harvest Pringle stomping so hard? They got roaches?— Vanglorious13 (@Vanglorious13) December 14, 2019
YOU SHOWED THEM WHATS WHAT BECKY!! pic.twitter.com/Use32m1vVW— 𝕱𝖚𝖈𝖐 𝕿𝖍𝖆𝖙 𝕻𝖚𝖙𝖔 𝖙𝖗𝖚𝖒𝖕 (@Manny55471961) December 14, 2019
One user responded by posting her own cheerleading clip, stating that her team created the original cheer. Reminiscent of the backstory of the classic film, Bring It On, people on Twitter were left to be the judge of which version was best.
So this is mee 😭 and this girl that cheered with us is the CREATOR OF this cheer https://t.co/KvixWDuPFF— Tyshera (@TysheraL) December 14, 2019
I'm still tryna grasp this cheer . pic.twitter.com/fwCzk93rqd— The Madame (@LiLiV33) December 14, 2019
As a former step coach I’m appalled. As someone who loves cheer I’m appalled. I don’t get where this cheer/step collab was going or what it was reaching for but it didn’t hit the mark. 😩😔😢— Nene (@_BeautifulNeNe) December 14, 2019
Oh, so that’s how it’s supposed to look. Wow. pic.twitter.com/C1IPA5YpBx— TekKwenePhD (@tekkwene) December 14, 2019
This is just as bad. lmaooo— Da Kid Gowie (@DaKidGowie) December 14, 2019
Unfortunately, this latest attempt to co-opt a piece of Black culture is just one instance in which Black creators are not given their credit.Earlier this month, problematic-TV-star-turned-social-media-celebrity Bhad Bhabie attacked Black women who called her out for sporting box braids.
“To all the Black females that are saying my hair [ain’t] meant for box Braids guess the f**k what y’all hair [ain’t] meant to be straight but y’all glue whole wigs on to your heads and sew Brazilian/Indian/Peruvian hair which [isn’t anything] like your natural hair texture at all,” she wrote on Instagram.
She continued her rant by saying she doesn’t criticize other girls who wear box braids and made it her mission to tell Black women that other cultures don’t vilify them when wearing internationally-sourced hair.The teenage rapper was quickly dragged for her fiery commentary, backtracking that her views were directed to her critics.
“First of all my comment was NOT directed towards ALL Black women who wear straight hair only towards the Black women who were saying I was trying to be Black [because] I was wearing braids,” she clarified.
She did, however, remain unapologetic about calling her haters “bald headed h**s” while defending her hairstyle choice.
If this instance and others proves anything, it’s that Black people don't play when it comes to our culture and the safest bet is to honor and respect it or just leave it alone.