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Posted by Rose Quintiliano on Mar 15, 2013 - 1:50:06 PM

HOLLYWOOD—Being a celebrity is not easy at all. Imagine if every move in your life, 24 hours a day, was photographed or videotaped and all the critics said disturbing, hurtful things that weren't totally true? We live in a surveillance world. In the era of computer-controlled surveillance, everyone's move could be captured by cameras, whether you're driving down the LA freeway or shopping in the grocery store. Then you wonder why celebrities just go into overload, and if it goes on long enough, anyone could have a meltdown.


Meltdowns could be avoided if the celebrities learn to shake things up and pound on the drums like Alicia Keys played the drums during a performance last month during the Grammys. It could be anything from playing a musical instrument to dance. By now everyone from late-night TV hosts, news anchors to the Kardashian sisters heard of it. The Harlem Shake is the newest internet dance trend madness. Many YouTube videos dedicated to the dance meme have more to do with milkshakes than they do with the hip-hop dance called the Harlem shake. The latest craze everyone's talking about started with the Brooklyn producer named Baauer, an artist signed to the label Mad Decent. He makes "Gangnam Style," look like a lock-step military procession. Baauer's track debuted last May, but it became a hit on YouTube. It began entering the mouths of trend watchers. People began making videos of themselves and posting them as "anything goes," dance. Basically, you can move your-arms in slow-mo to the bass, convulse on the floor or pelvic-thrust.

Some people love to wear various ornaments on their heads; it could be anything like a lamp shade, paper bag, or a mask. The dance Harlem Shake starts off slow, with maybe one person in a group moving while everyone else does their own thing. Then the track really takes off-and it's all over-no one is just standing there, but no two people are doing the same thing. It’s like a flash mob style of dance, but it kicks in when the bass drops.

This so called free-styling a la "Napoleon Dynamite," has really taken off, even on airplanes. The dance sensation swept the nation at 30,000 feet last month on a Frontier Airlines flight and the FAA was not amused. It was a safety issue especially on a commercial airline. Some videos were filmed on the ground, however, in one instance it was done above the clouds.

On that Frontier flight, 18 Colorado College students, on their way to a San Diego tournament, staged a Harlem shake as the plane soared over the Rocky Mountains. According to published reports, the students said they had the approval of the flight crew, who let them use the PA system on the aircraft to tell other passengers about their intentions. Needless to say, the video went viral.

Another show going viral is Honey Boo Boo, who is joining the ranks of shows overseas like Discovery/TLC shows "Hillbilly Handfishin," Sister Wives," and "Cake Boss." Alana Thompson better known as (Honey Boo Boo) is already a hit in Poland. In the next few months she will be shown in Australia, the Netherlands, Italy and Latin America. Some critics don't see the humor in the show. The family is definitely unique and humble and it seems like its here to stay.

Rose's Scoop: Lindsay Lohan's racy film "The Canyons," has been acquired by a distributor, so you'll see her for the first time in theaters in three years.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


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