Cultural Appropriation? Woke Black Creators Strike, Demand Credit For Work -

Trending on social this July 4th Weekend. 'Give Black people credit’: Black creators strike, demand credit for their work. Tired of cultural appropriation, Black TikTok creators explain their strike and why they refuse to make a dance for Megan Thee Stallion's latest song.

If you went back in time and uttered the phrase "TikTok stars" they would think you're talking about exploding stars or clocks or something.

The problem? Many of these now popular dances were created by Black users, who remain unknown as their white counterparts imitate them and rocket to fame -- Socialnetworktrends. 

“Black creators are just really tired of our dances and our trends being stolen. We’re not given credit, but a white person can do our trend and walk out with 100,000 followers.” More from Black creators on TikTok who have been on strike.

Some of our followers ask, why is TikTok popular? 

TikTok is popular because of Trends. 

Another big reason why TikTok is so hugely popular is because of the prevalence of trends, such as dance challenges for popular songs or videos aligned with popular in-app filters. The algorithm prioritizes content that fits certain online trends that are popular at the moment.

Now, don't be confused about this because it can be read in a few different ways. They want more followers so they’re bright idea was to stop making content? What’s the endgame, getting a black creators user tag on an Addison Rae Tik Tok? Nobody cares who choreographed Thriller ffs. What makes them think anyone cares about Tik Tok choreographers?

Included in the TikTok dance compilation were:

  • “Do It Again” (recorded by Pia Mia, choreographed by @noahschnapp)
  • “Savage Love” (recorded and choreographed by @jasonderulo)
  • “Corvette Corvette” (recorded by Popp Hunna, choreographed by @yvnggprince)
  • “Laffy Taffy” (recorded by D4L, choreographed by @flyboyfu)
  • “Savage” (recorded by Megan Thee Stallion, choreographed by @keke.janjah)
  • “Blinding Lights” (recorded by the Weeknd, choreographed by @macdaddyz)
  • “Up” (recorded by Cardi B, choreographed by @theemyanicole)
  • “Fergalicious” (recorded by Fergie and, choreographed by @thegilberttwins)

(The choreographers’ names have been shared by Twitter users and confirmed by Buzzfeed.)

While white influencers such as Addison Rae make late-night television show appearances,  break records and profit from reality series deals, Black creators are left behind to beg for credit.

"I think Black creators should just stop creating content for like a good 6 months and just observe what these people come up with,” wrote another in a tweet that had amassed more than 261,000 likes.

Representatives for “The Tonight Show” and Rae did not immediately respond to The Times’ requests for comment.

Our opinion, Tiktok is built on copying. And unless one catches the first one who copied someone's dance it's unreasonable to expect that people will go search for whoever made the dance first. Don't like Tiktok? Don't put your dance there.