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Jimmy Fallon responds to backlash for Addison Rae segment that failed to credit Black creators

Jimmy Fallon tried to make good on the backlash which resulted due to a recent segment featuring Addison Rae in which she performed viral TikTok dances but failed to credit the Black creators behind them.

Several Black creators were invited appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night to talk about the dances they created which went viral and actually perform them.

The 46-year-old television host addressed the controversy at the beginning of the segment as he said: ‘On our last show before break, we did a bit with Addison Rae, where she taught me eight viral TikTok dances.

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Controversy: Jimmy Fallon tried to make good on the backlash which resulted due to a recent segment featuring Addison Rae (pictured) in which she performed viral TikTok dances but failed to credit the Black creators behind them 

Damage control: 'Several Black creators were invited appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night to talk about the dances they created which went viral and actually perform them

 Damage control: ‘Several Black creators were invited appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night to talk about the dances they created which went viral and actually perform them

‘Now, we recognize the creators of those dances deserve to have their own spotlight, so right now, some of the creators will join me to talk about how their dance went viral, and then perform the dance themselves.’

Then Fallon proceeded to bring on Mya Nicole Johnson and Chris Cotter via Zoom as they are known for a dance set to Cardi B hit up and they were interviewed before performing the choreography themselves.

They were followed by Dorien Scott who created a dance to Corvette Corvette, Fly Boy Fu who made the song Laffy Taffy Remix with Indii who created the dance, Adam Snyder, Nate Nale, and Greg Dahl who did a dance set to The Weeknd megahit Blinding Lights, and Keara Wilson who created the famous dance set to Megan The Stallion’s Savage. 

'Now, we recognize the creators of those dances deserve to have their own spotlight': The 46-year-old television host addressed the controversy at the beginning of the segment

‘Now, we recognize the creators of those dances deserve to have their own spotlight’: The 46-year-old television host addressed the controversy at the beginning of the segment

Dynamic duo: Then Fallon proceeded to bring on Mya Nicole Johnson and Chris Cotter via Zoom as they are known for a dance set to Cardi B hit up and they were interviewed

Dynamic duo: Then Fallon proceeded to bring on Mya Nicole Johnson and Chris Cotter via Zoom as they are known for a dance set to Cardi B hit up and they were interviewed

Moving and grooving: They then performed the choreography themselves

Moving and grooving: They then performed the choreography themselves

This came just a week-and-a-half after Fallon and Rae faced the wrath of Twitter after they performed popular TikTok dances but failed to credit the Black creators behind the routines. 

The 20-year-old social media star addressed the issue in an interview with TMZ days after the segment as she said: ‘I think they were all credited in the original YouTube posting, but it’s kinda hard to credit during the show.

‘But they all know that I love them so much and I mean, I support all of them so much. And hopefully one day we can all meet up and dance together. 

Young and aspiring: They were followed by Dorien Scott who created a dance to Corvette Corvette

Young and aspiring: They were followed by Dorien Scott who created a dance to Corvette Corvette

Follow him: The young man then performed the dance himself

Follow him: The young man then performed the dance himself

Collab: Also appearing on the segment were Fly Boy Fu who made the song Laffy Taffy Remix with Indii who created the dance

Collab: Also appearing on the segment were Fly Boy Fu who made the song Laffy Taffy Remix with Indii who created the dance

Talented: Indii showed off her moves

Talented: Indii showed off her moves

Tremendous trio: Adam Snyder, Nate Nale, and Greg Dahl who did a dance set to The Weeknd megahit Blinding Lights were also on the show

Tremendous trio: Adam Snyder, Nate Nale, and Greg Dahl who did a dance set to The Weeknd megahit Blinding Lights were also on the show

Pals: The trio seemed to have a good time

Pals: The trio seemed to have a good time

Viral: Keara Wilson who created the famous dance set to Megan The Stallion's Savage was the last to appear on the show

Viral: Keara Wilson who created the famous dance set to Megan The Stallion’s Savage was the last to appear on the show

Sweet: She and Fallon talked about her recent engagement before she showed off her moves

Sweet: She and Fallon talked about her recent engagement before she showed off her moves

‘They deserve all the credit because they came up with these amazing trends.’

Rae appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday, March 26 to perform an array of popular dances on the platform.

The 20-year-old performed the majority of the dances on her own as Fallon stood behind, holding up cue cards identifying the dances she was performing.   

However, Twitter users took issue with the fact that none of the choreographers – the majority of whom are Black – were acknowledged.  

Problematic: A week-and-a-half ago, Twitter took issue with the fact none of the Black creators were acknowledged during the segment

Problematic: A week-and-a-half ago, Twitter took issue with the fact none of the Black creators were acknowledged during the segment

Making moves: Rae performed a majority of the dances on her own

Making moves: Rae performed a majority of the dances on her own

Going viral: Rae appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday to perform an array of popular dances on the platform, including Do It Again, Savage Love, Corvette Corvette, and Laffy Taffy

Going viral: Rae appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Friday to perform an array of popular dances on the platform, including Do It Again, Savage Love, Corvette Corvette, and Laffy Taffy

'I love them so much': Rae subsequently addressed the backlash, explaining it would have been difficult to credit everyone on the show

‘I love them so much’: Rae subsequently addressed the backlash, explaining it would have been difficult to credit everyone on the show 

‘This is a miss @jimmyfallon. Let’s give credit to the black creators……’ tweeted The View star Sunny Hostin.

‘I’m literally screaming,’ tweeted @leftistexe, who posted video comparing Addison’s dance to the original.

‘The fact they have no idea how offensive this is, is sickening. This is systemic racism at its finest. This white women is benefiting from a broken system & was highlighted on national TV, while the choreographers & actual artists that made the songs weren’t even mentioned smh,’ tweeted @WhosTYE.

‘Setting aside the questions of ownership, just look at this video. It’s so miserable. Broken, exhausted culture,’ tweeted @willystaley. 

‘I’ve seen all of these dances done better by their originators. Part of the problem with discussing “tik tok dancing” imo is that a lot of young Black kids add a rhythm to it that you either just have or you don’t. See: Sean Bankhead’s UP choreo which interpolates some trends,’ tweeted @_ShamGod. 

Double trouble: Fallon joined in to dance along to Fergalicious

Double trouble: Fallon joined in to dance along to Fergalicious 

Going for it: Rae enthusiastically threw her arms into the air

Going for it: Rae enthusiastically threw her arms into the air

Let's do this: Rae took center stage for most of the segment

Let’s do this: Rae took center stage for most of the segment 

Taking them to task: The View star Sunny Hostin were among the vocal critics on Twitter

Taking them to task: The View star Sunny Hostin were among the vocal critics on Twitter

‘So you invite a white girl to do these dances instead of the creators. Cool. Remember all the ally talk you were talking about? It starts with this type of stuff. DO BETTER,’ tweeted @itsviviankaye.

The dances performed by Rae were Do It Again, choreographed by @noahschnapp, Savage Love choreographed by @jasonderulo, Corvette Corvette choreographed by @yvnggprince, Laffy Taffy choreographed by @flyboyfu, Savage choreographed by @keke.janjah, Blinding Lights choreographed by @macdaddyz, Up choreographed by @theeemyanicole, and Fergalicious choreographed by @thegilberttwins. 

Rae danced by herself for most of the skit, but Fallon joined her for the final dance, Fergalicious. 


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