The revived and viral version of 'Baby Shark' has celebs like Kylie Jenner and Cardi B singing along
Today’s Throwback Thursday is brought to you by your favorite decades-old camp classic, “Baby Shark.”
The song and dance from your childhood is making a comeback thanks to Pinkfong, a South Korean children’s edutainment company that creates music, videos, stories and more for a global audience. Along with the “baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo” ditty, the video includes fun and easy hand choreography.
Like everything these days, the dance is now a “challenge” (which is simply to do the dance), and kids can’t get enough of it. Pinkfong’s animated and live-action video featuring two adorable and enthusiastic children has over 1.6 billion views on YouTube.
The song was always a hit with the camp crowd, but it was never this inescapable. That has something to do with social media, but it also could be because Pinkfong’s version is less gory. In the original song, someone “lost an arm” and died because of a failed CPR attempt, but in this new saccharine version, everyone’s safe. So, maybe parents mind it less now that it’s not so potentially traumatizing.
Even celebrities are jumping on the “Baby Shark” bandwagon.
Kylie Jenner captioned an Instagram post with the lyrics, but instead of doing the challenge, she just struck a glamorous pose. Her sister Khloe Kardashian commented on the post, “Omg yes!!!! Baaaaaby shark!!!!! Dooo dooooo. Wow we really are moms aren’t we?!?!”
maaamaa shark dooo doo doo dooo
A post shared by Kylie (@kyliejenner) on Sep 5, 2018 at 5:46pm PDT
Over the Labor Day weekend, new mom Cardi B tweeted a variation of the lyrics, which prompted Jimmy Fallon to respond, “Welcome to parenthood.” Hoda Kotb also joined in. Chance The Rapper chimed in too.
Welcome to parenthood. https://t.co/rlaCNmjqng
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) September 2, 2018
Mammmmmmaaa shark tuuutuuututuuututuututu.. #singproud https://t.co/GvspxBxFtW
— Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) September 2, 2018
Have u heard the baby shark song yet? @iamcardib https://t.co/9MrLXYVfmv
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) September 3, 2018
The catchy tune has been the soundtrack for Rob Dyrdek’s vacation.
Nothing like hitting the open road with the family. Whole lot of “Baby Shark”. Trip to Northern California today to see @bryianadyrdek_ family. pic.twitter.com/c1ieU9bvf0
— Rob Dyrdek (@robdyrdek) August 25, 2018
But British Prime Minister Theresa May might be the “Baby Shark” challenge MVP.
Theresa May dancing to Baby Shark is actually the only video you need in your life rn… pic.twitter.com/UczPpxrHoF
— Sam Oliver (@SamOli94) August 30, 2018
People are going wild trying to outdo other “Baby Shark” challengers — jumping out of cars, dressing up their dogs, and recruiting their co-workers.
kyla nearly killed me #BabySharkChallenge pic.twitter.com/McImZGzJRD
— Hailey Nelson (@HaileyNelson123) September 4, 2018
Tell us what you think about our #BabySharkChallenge attempt. pic.twitter.com/6ChYzP16nb
— RotherhamCentral NHP (@RothCentralNHP) August 29, 2018
So you’ve all heard baby shark is the new #CPR song, here’s ours @SaveALifeScot thanks local businesses for supporting our work tonight @DeansShortbread @Gillanders_ltd 😊❤️👍#BabySharkChallenge who’s next? @BASICSScotland @Scotambservice @fire_scot pic.twitter.com/q2N0MgqSRZ
— Sandpiper Wildcat (@S_piperWildcat) September 5, 2018
One of our clients is in hospital and said that she didn't want a get well card. Instead she wanted to see the class do Baby Shark…so how could we say no? But we made it go faster! #BabySharkChallenge pic.twitter.com/m6JH1tv9qu
— Wheely Good Fitness (@WheelyGdFitness) August 30, 2018
Not too sure what the #babysharkchallenge is all about but if you can't beat em….. join em ….. here's Ronnie (latest family addition) doing the #BabySharkChallenge 💕🐶 pic.twitter.com/27aOY0xhK3
— Staffsocchealth (@staffsocchealth) August 28, 2018
The colorful video was published in 2016, went viral in Indonesia in 2017, and racked up 700 million views in its first year, but it’s only now making major waves (pun intended) in the Western Hemisphere.
The fact that the song broke the UK Top 40 chart last week proves that children can influence pop culture.
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