Musician Sufjan Stevens was so impressed by Jalaiah Harmon, the teenager who created the favored Renegade dance that went viral on TikTok earlier this 12 months, that he teamed up with the dancer for his new music video.
Stevens’ new music video for “Video Game” relies on the concept “your worth (invaluable) should never be based on other people’s approval (ephemeral),” he advised Vulture in an announcement. Harmon, he continued, “epitomizes all of this,” including that he’s “truly inspired by her.”
“So I thought, ‘What if we could get Jalaiah to star in a ‘dance video’ about not wanting to star in a ‘dance video?,’” Stevens mentioned. “I’m so honored she agreed.”
Though Harmon created the Renegade dance, she didn’t initially get credit score for her work. Charli D’Amelio, essentially the most adopted creator on TikTok with practically 80 million followers on the time of this writing, was credited with popularizing the dance, in response to a New York Instances profile of Harmon. The 14-year-old dancer uploaded a video performing the choreography on Instagram, and whereas in style, it didn’t take off till it discovered its method to TikTok.
“I think I could have gotten money for it, promos for it, I could have gotten famous off it, get noticed,” Harmon advised the Instances. “I don’t think any of that stuff has happened for me because no one knows I made the dance.”
Since then, extra effort has gone into making individuals conscious that Harmon created the dance. Harmon carried out on the NBA All-Star sport, and Epic Video games created a Renegade emote for Fortnite, giving Harmon full credit score. Harmon is only one of many choreographers and artists who’re asking for full credit score for his or her strikes — Fortnite has seen many creatives complain and file lawsuits over their dances being included as emotes into the sport however with out full credit score or monetization.
When it comes to Stevens’ “Video Game,” Harmon is entrance and heart, with full credit score given. For followers of Stevens’ work, the tune can be a bop.