Jimmy Fallon *Finally* Addressed the Addison Rae TikTok Dance Backlash

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From Cosmopolitan

You (and the rest of the world) probably spend all of your free time on TikTok when there's nothing to do, but the simple truth is that TikTok consistently struggles to elevate Black and brown creators. See: Jalaiah Harmon, creator of THE "Renegade" dance not getting even a fraction of the attention Charli D'Amelio got for doing the same dance. And now we're seeing it again. On a recent episode of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, Addison Rae performed Mya Nicole Johnson and Chris Cotter's "Up" choreography...and they weren't even mentioned in the segment. (And neither were the creators of the other seven dances featured.)

After a clip of Addison dancing to "Up" was placed next to Mya and Chris dancing to the same song, Addison and Jimmy Fallon were both embroiled in a controversy for failing to give Mya and Chris any credit.

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Mya spoke about the issue in an interview with TMZ and said she had mixed feelings about not being picked to go on the show. “I was shocked and I was really happy ’cause it’s like my challenge made it all the way to TV, which is like—that’s crazy,” she told TMZ. “But then as I started to think, I was like dang, I wish that could’ve been me and Chris [Cotter] performing our own challenge at his show.”

Following the outcry, Fallon addressed the criticism of the segment and brought Mya and Chris on the show to get the moment they deserved:

"On our last show before break, we did a bit with Addison Rae where she taught me eight viral TikTok dances," Fallon said. "Now, we recognize that 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."

Mya and Chris were joined by the original choreographers of the dances that Addison performed on the show, including Dorien Scott ("Corvette Corvette"), Fur-Quan Powell and Camyra Franklin ("Laffy Taffy"), Adam Snyder, Nate Nale, and Greg Dahl ("Blinding Lights") and Keara Wilson ("Savage").

Addison later shared the video to her Instagram Stories, writing, "So happy these creators were able to be highlighted. I hope we can all dance soon. Show them love!"

Photo credit: Instagram
Photo credit: Instagram

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