Addison Rae is under fire for “stealing” TikTok dances in a segment during her guest appearance on ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’.
The 20-year-old TikToker made her evening talkshow debut last Saturday to discuss what it’s like as a content creator and budding singer. Much like Charli D’Amelio, much of her following was gained from dancing on the platform. Addison was given a segment on the show to “teach” the host a series of TikTok dances.
However, they failed to give proper credit to the creators as none of these were actually her own. This sparked a discussion around the integrity of her career and whether the young starlet deserves her fame.
the lack of energy. where’s the excitement, addison rae? pic.twitter.com/ibcoUtPC6X
— sk (@kirkxxs) March 28, 2021
The thing about Addison Rae is that she’s not known on TikTok for being a choreographer. Like most users, she just learns whatever dance is trending on the platform. So why does she get the fame while the actual creators are swept to the sidelines?
Most viral dances like Renegade and Savage are made by black TikTokers. People have been comparing videos from people of color to Addison’s performance on ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’. It’s clear that one is giving a lot more effort than the other.
While the issue isn’t necessarily about racism, it speaks volumes about the opportunities and recognition given to white creators over those of color. One user explains that influencers like Addison Rae can get by doing the bare minimum. On the other hand, black creators continue to be ignored despite going above and beyond.
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