Jimmy Fallon, Addison Rae Under Fire for “Stealing From Black Entertainers” in ‘Tonight Show’ Segment

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Jimmy Fallon may have booked one of the biggest social media stars on his show with Addison Rae, but not everyone is excited about the TikTok celebrity’s late night stint. Rae, who appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last Friday, joined Fallon on stage to show off some the dances she performs TikTok, but users on the platform were quick to point out that it wasn’t Rae who originated the choreography  — it was mostly Black creators who weren’t receiving the same credit or attention.

In the bit, titled “Addison Rae Teaches Jimmy 8 TikTok Dances,” Fallon holds up different cue cards with the names of popular TikTok dances on them while Rae shows him how to do each one. Not long after it was posted on Friday, the clip went viral as people began to call out Fallon for featuring Rae, who is white, performing the dances, and not the Black creators who first introduced them, per Buzzfeed. Fallon also left out the names of the creators, leaving Rae as the face of some of the most popular dances.

“Stealing from black entertainers and having white ‘creators’ regurgitate it to the masses is american history 101,” one Twitter user replied to the video of Rae’s performance. Another commented, “Jimmy Fallon is a prime example of performative activism. The chance to bring out black creators but finds one yt girl instead to do the dances created by black creators.”

Fallon’s bit got plenty of attention, but it’s not the first time he’s had a white TikTok star on the show to perform content by Black creators. Last March, he welcomed Charli D’Amelio, one of the platform’s most popular users, on his show to teach him dances in the same type of segment. With Friday’s show, fans grew frustrated that Fallon had now featured two stars from TikTok on his show, neither of which created the platform’s most popular dances.

According to Buzzfeed, the creators of the dances performed by Rae on The Tonight Show are as follows: Do It Again: @noahschnapp, Corvette Corvette: @yvnggprince, Laffy Taffy: @flyboyfu, Savage: @keke.janjah, Blinding Lights: @macdaddyz, Up: @theemyanicole, and Fergalicious: @thegilberttwins.

Watch the full Tonight Show segment with Addison Rae in the video above.

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