As 2015 leaves us, so too may its most popular dance moves: the Whip and the Nae Nae. The final nail in the coffin? This video:
But let’s back up here. What is this stunning display, and what are its predecessors? What you see above is the nadir of a meme: “White People Whip Circles.” What is a “White People Whip Circle”? Well, here is a whip circle:
And here’s a white-people whip circle:
The “White People Whip Circle” seems to have taken off in October with this awkward performance by what looks like a high-school track team:
Is the latest and silliest video a parody of previous White People Whip Circles, or just another bad one? Thanks to Poe’s Law — that without knowing the author’s intent, parodies of something ridiculous are indistinguishable from the real thing — we can’t really tell.
According to the captions on one YouTube video, the White People Whip Circle kids are really “making this dance their own lol.” Indeed.