'The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon' is facing huge backlash after TikTok dance segment

'The Tonight Show' segment shows TikTok star Addison Rae perform dances mostly made by Black creators

 Host Jimmy Fallon talks during "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center
(Image credit: J. Kempin|Getty)

We all know TikTok is a treasure trove for fashion hauls, makeup tutorials, TikTok hacks, and most famously, its dance routines that seem to go viral daily. The app has solidified itself as a mainstream entertainment platform, where young people can become famous for their elaborate and fun creations.

Now reportedly worth millions of dollars, Addison Rae is a prime example after she found fame on TikTok for her dance routines. On Friday night, Rae performed in a segment on "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon," teaching Fallon the most popular TikTok dances of the moment.

Rae along with Fallon are now facing a huge backlash, as most of the dances that the white social-media star performed were made by Black creators, who were not credited during the segment. 

Users took to Twitter to condemn the performance and question why Rae was given the opportunity to perform the routines when they weren't even created by her.

One Twitter user wrote: "So I’m guessing all of the black creators who made these dances up were busy huh?"

While another wrote: "White privilege is not creating a single movement in these dances, but getting the opportunity to go on national TV to teach Jimmy Fallon instead of the actual creators."

A third critic said: "Stealing from black entertainers and having white 'creators' regurgitate it to the masses is american history 101."

The segment is being called a huge missed opportunity to celebrate black creators and a prime example of white privilege. Buzzfeed reports that sadly this is not a new issue, and has happened frequently, especially with TikTok dances. Charli D’Amelio, for example, is often credited with creating the viral sensation "Renegade" dance, when it was actually created by Jalaiah Harmon.

The video of the segment has been uploaded to The Tonight Show's official YouTube and does have credits in the description—it's not entirely clear if the citations were originally there or have now been added, but no credit to the original creators were given during the live show. See the creators behind each of the viral TikTok dances below:

  • Do It Again - dc: @noahschnapp 
  • Savage Love - dc: @jazlynebaybee 
  • Corvette Corvette - dc: @yvnggprince 
  • Laffy Taffy - dc: @flyboyfu
  • Savage - dc: @kekejanjah 
  • Blinding Lights - dc: @macdaddyz
  • Up - dc: @theemyanicole
  • Fergalicious - dc: @thegilberttwins
Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.