Jimmy Fallon Features Black TikTok Dancers On 'Tonight Show' Following Controversy Over Addison Rae Performance
The late-night host faced backlash for having a white pop star perform dances, the majority of which were created by Black women.
April 06, 2021 at 4:37 pm
Jimmy Fallon addressed the social media controversy over the last episode of his talk show The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where he had fledgling pop star and TikTok personality Addison Rae perform eight different dances that are popular on the platform, a number of which came from Black creators.
The clip made its way to Twitter and Instagram, where it faced significant criticism, not just for Rae's inability to perform the dances but also for the complete erasure of the Black teens who created almost all of them.
Fans were incensed that Fallon did not bring on any of the creators and instead chose a white woman to perform them all, without even mentioning who created them.
This is what white privilege looks like—Black creators innovate dances and do them amazingly but Addison Rae gets invited on Fallon to perform them in a ho-hum way. She’s not racist, Fallon’s not racist, but somehow the Black dancers are erased. Even though they dance better. https://t.co/svgBu5JDxz— Young Daddy (@Toure) March 29, 2021