Did you know Baauer’s “Harlem Shake” song is 3 minutes and 17 seconds long? It really doesn’t feel that way when the countless videos circulating the Internet only last about 30 seconds. It’s easy to forget facts like these when getting caught up in the frivolity of an Internet meme. And the truth is, while the “Harlem Shake” is good for cheap YouTube laughs, it’s also doing things like getting people fired and tricking us into watching obnoxious Hot Pocket commercials.
Here are the five worst things the “Harlem Shake” did to the world:
5) The “Harlem Shake” has been exploited by advertisers
While laughing at people compulsively dancing in random places, there’s a chance that you watched a “Harlem Shake” video that was actually an advertisement. Ad Age reported back in February that about 60 ad agencies had created “Harlem Shake” videos. Yeah it’s all fun and games until you end up buying a Pepsi or KFC or Red Bull, even Ask.com (why would anything make you use Ask.com?).
Watch the lamest “Harlem Shake” video we could find made by Hot Pockets below: