Why I Hate Silentó’s Song “Watch Me Whip, Watch Me Nae Nae”

Why I hate the “Whip and the Nae Nae” dance. Since the dance is continuing in its popularity, I’d thought I’d educate myself and others on the origination of the “Nae Nae” dance.

So before you do it and have your 2-year-old do it…Read on

When will I be able to go somewhere and not hear “Watch Me?” No, I don’t want to watch you “Whip or Nae Nae,” I actually would rather watch you obtain your education or do something else positive with your life. Why am I so angry? Well, since you asked, have a seat and stay a while and I will tell you.

The Positive…

The song is “catchy,” it makes even me want to dance. The song has given me some comic relief and others watching talk show host Jimmy Fallon perform the dance. The song has crossed most racial barriers and that is good OR is it?

Frustration Begins…

At first I was just irritated by the song when I saw videos on my Facebook timeline of 2-year-old kids doing the dance. Then my dislike went to hate when I saw children that couldn’t read that should have been reading at their age singing and doing the “Whip.”

Just like the kids learned this song based on their exposure to it, why wouldn’t their guardians expose them to a song to help them learn something worth learning. We can learn pretty much anything electronically now. Knowledge is at our fingertips.

I am a substitute teacher and I travel around the city and each time I see a child performing this dance, it is a reminder of our lack of progress. Most of the kids are dancing when they should be reading or writing, walking in line and quiet in the hallway, but instead they are “whippin.” There is a time and a place for everything. Tavis Smiley (PBS) reports on average, African-American twelfth-grade students read at the same level as white eighth-grade students. Let’s make sure our kids read an age appropriate book 30 minutes a day, at least.

The incident that sealed the deal on my aversion to the song happened a few weeks ago. I was a guest teacher at a school and the teacher that shared an office with me for the day was so excited that she was going to allow her students to listen to the song she just had to tell me. Well, after all I was black and they aren’t a lot black teachers around Minnesota, so this is how she related to me. After she stopped talking and smiling at me, I gave her a stern look and looked her in the eyes and said “I hate that song.” I tried to keep my composure and not crack up laughing at the shocked look on her face like OMG, I thought all black people loved that song. Wrong! This also hurt me because the teacher didn’t feel that she could relate to me in any way except a song that reads like this:

Now watch me whip (Kill it!)
Now watch me nae nae (Okay!)
Now watch me whip whip
Watch me nae nae

Excuse me Ms. Teacher, I am sure there are a lot of things we could talk about besides a song that originated from a fictional character of a man dressing like a woman named “She-ne-neh”

Sheneneh was not the woman to be when the show Martin was on. Now, we are dancing like her, the whole world has become Sheneneh and that’s progress in Hip Hop music?

Fox sheneneh

The song has become the image of black culture and it sickens me, look at where it originates from, the dance creators say picture a “ratchet woman in the club.” Black culture includes more than this and I am going to open our eyes by showing black people are in every industry, are intelligent, and talented. I am not going to allow my people to be reduced to the “Whip and Nae Nae.”

Watch Me” Be A(n): click the links to see all that we can be!

Architect

Chemist

Engineer

Firefighter

Gynecologist

Historian

News Reporter

and so on…we are so much more!

In conclusion, the “Nae Nae” originated from a group called WeAreToonz and their interview is below stating “picture a “ratchet girl in a club” when you dance. So we have all people boys and girls, men and women acting like a “ratchet girl.” Shameful.

Note: Hate used in this post – is a passionate dislike for a purpose, not the violent form of hate.

References: 

http://www.buzzfeed.com/naomizeichner/nae-nae-dance-how-to#.iwdpvO5aV

http://wgntv.com/2014/08/04/martin-lawrence-comments-on-nae-nae-dance-craze-with-kelsey-grammer/

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/tavissmiley/tsr/too-important-to-fail/fact-sheet-outcomes-for-young-black-men/

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5 comments

  1. My first grader goes to Gregory drive elementary. Where he is being taught and forced to sing/dance this garbage in his “music” class. How can I stop this.

  2. Hi Joshua, the teacher doesn’t not know the history of the song. It’s such a popular song the teacher is just trying to make the kids happy so I would inform them that you don’t approve and share my article to some of the reasons why. Good luck!

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