If you follow us on social media, you may have come across a post on our Instagram page this past weekend, on the music video for Justin Bieber‘s hit song ‘Sorry‘.

 

It was clear to see the inspirations behind the dance choreography for the ‘Sorry’ video was heavily influenced by West Indian dancehall culture, which is only right as the song produced by Skrillex and Blood Diamonds has a dancehall tinge to it.

Only, dancehall and Justin Bieber aren’t two things you imagine going together.

 

Well, somehow they came together rather well in the making of both the song and it’s video choreographed and directed by Parris Goebel.

The dance routine was also performed by Parris and her dance crew ReQuest and The Royal Family. This video was yet again a reminder to the world of how West Indian rhythmic moves can be perfectly meshed with a genre which was once alien to the islands.

 

Although it is enjoyable watching the ladies strut their stuff with a Caribbean style sway, whine and “twerk” if you will, not everyone is here for it.  Our Team Curtains Instagram followers shared their opinions in the comments section, and let us know what they felt on the choreography.

 

 

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Cultural appropriation at it’s finest? Well of course, but not everyone is here for it.

 

Choreographer Betty Rox, who is of a Belizean and Jamaican background has worked with the likes of Rihanna, Jamie Foxx to name a few, and Dancehall stars Beenie Man, Elephant Man and Mr Vegas. Betty took to her Instagram page to point out some interesting facts about the ‘Sorry’ video and it’s New Zealand born choreographer and director, Parris.

 

 

“This is not to discredit this Choreographer because she is a dope creator. But I couldn’t help but to notice a few similarities to a video I choreographed a few years ago on the right side of the screen. We are both doing very specific Dancehall movements.

 

However I do beleive everyone has their time to shine and I’m happy to see the style of Dancehall on this mainstream platform. I read an article on Paris in #RollingStonesMagazine where she specifically was asked “Where do you get a lot of your movements from? Who are your inspirations”??

 

There was not one mention of Dancehall, However I can call out every Dancehall Move that was used in this video. No hate just want people to Give Credit Where It’s Due.”

 

 

This is not to discredit this Choreographer because she is a dope creator. But I couldn’t help but to notice a few similarities to a video I choreographed a few years ago on the right side of the screen. We are both doing very specific Dancehall movements. However I do beleive everyone has their time to shine and I’m happy to see the style of Dancehall on this mainstream platform. I read an article on Paris in #RollingStonesMagazine where she specifically was asked “Where do you get a lot of your movements from? Who are your inspirations”?? There was not one mention of Dancehall, However I can call out every Dancehall Move that was used in this video. No hate just want people to Give Credit Where It’s Due. #JustinBeiber #Sorry #ParrisGoebel #Dancehall #Jamaica   A photo posted by BETTY ROX (@bettyrox) on

 

 

Are the similarities in both videos just a coincidence?

 

Cultural appropriation has and always will be a subject up for debate, on whether it is a positive or negative thing, or can it destroy or build our communities?

 

Overall, it would seem that it would bring us together in a world where it would seem that different cultures are being pried apart. It is okay to learn from one another and be inspired from other cultures, but recognition if anything at the very least is respectful.  Afterall, you didn’t create it and it isn’t from a background of your own…

 

Check out both video’s below to compare.

 

 

 

 

Click here to see Parris Goebel’s choreography on Justin Bieber’s new music video.

 

 

Your Thoughts?