Welcome to another edition of The Sunday Funnies, a weekly edition devoted solely to the lighter side of life. This week’s feature spotlights a video of basketball star LeBron James and the Miami Heat team going crazy in their rendition of “The Harlem Shake." The video was posted on March 1, immediately went viral and has more than 19 million combined views as of noon on Sunday, March 3.
“The Harlem Shake” is the latest dance craze that’s taken over the Internet. Just when Psy’s “Gangnam Style” faded into the sunset, “The Harlem Shake” rose on the horizon and is now a star in its own right. There are currently thousands of videos on YouTube of people doing “The Harlem Shake.” The premise is simple. The videos are all about 30 seconds long and set to “The Harlem Shake” by New York deejay Baauer. In the beginning, one person dances while everyone else goes about their business. Then, when the beat drops, everybody goes crazy and joins in.
The dance originally began in Harlem in 1981 and went mainstream in 2001 when G-Dep featured it in his music video “Let's Get It." An Internet video craze started in 2013 and incorporated the song “The Harlem Shake” by Baauer. From a KSLA news crew to Jimmy Fallon, from grandmas to fireman, everyone is doing “The Harlem Shake.”
The newest addition is a video of LeBron James and the Miami Heat breaking into “The Harlem Shake.” The Internet sensation was posted on Friday and has already been viewed more than 19 million times. It was filmed in the Heat locker room and features LeBron James in a king’s costume, Mario Chalmers dressed as Super Mario, and Chris “Birdman” Anderson decked out as a bird (makes sense, right?). Chris Bosh is a cowboy, Ray Allen is phantom of the locker room, and Dwayne Wayne joins in as a costumed bear. For fans of the reigning NBA champions, it’s great to see the team cut loose and have fun. Be sure to check out the video to the left.
The Atlanta Hawks travel to Miami on March 12 to take on LeBron James and the Miami Heat. Wouldn’t it be funny to see both teams break into “The Harlem Shake” on the court?
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