Mya Johnson Not Given an Opportunity to Shine as Addison Rae Performs Her Viral Dance on Jim Fallon.
I’m sure we’ve all seen and heard about it by now, another talented content creators original work ripped from her and exposure given to someone else to showcase on a major platform.
There are so many people who have taken the opportunity to use Tik Tok as a space to create original, creative, fun dances in hopes that they will reach a viral state.
This is what happened to 15 year old Mya Johnson and Cocreator Chris Cotter
The two choreographed a now viral TikTok dance to Cardi B’s “Up.” Johnson’s original video currently has nearly 8 million views. Then After Cardi B herself posted it to her personal TikTok page, the viral video raked in another 14.5 million views. So why was a Caucasion Popular Tik Tok dancer, who is not the original creator of this dance given the opportunity to showcase Johnson’s and Cotters work on one of the largest platforms in the world, The Jimmy Fallon ”Fallon Tonight” show?
Thats right, some chic name Addison Rae was invited to the Jimmy Fallon show to get this , Teach him 8 Tik Tok dances, neither in which she is the original creator of! 🤷🏽♀️
She did Cardi B’s “UP” , along with a few very popular Tik Tok dances that went viral Meg Thee Stallion’s “Savage” and a well known song “Corvette Corvette.”
In the clip below, See the disappointing moment below for yourself:
Video credit Fallon Tonight In an article written on Yahoo Shine, Mya Johnson expressed her disappointment and said, “I was very surprised because it’s like ‘Wow, I made a dance that’s made it all the way to TV,'” Johnson said in an interview with PopSugar. “My mom always tells me ‘When it’s my time, it’s my time.’ I felt like that should’ve been mine and Chris’s time, because we created the dance.”
I like Jimmy Fallon, but in my honest opinion, this wasn’t the right way to handle this! Sorry Jimmy! It just wasn’t.
I couldn’t agree more! The last year after the global pandemic, many people loss jobs, could no longer go to in person classes, life just became different and many have turned to online apps to keep them busy during their quarantines. They create funny engaging content, many do it just for fun while some do it in hopes of going viral. I’m sure we have all heard about the recent viral video of the young lady who mistakenly used Gorilla Glue in her hair, thinking it was the hair product Gorilla Snot? Well after her public debacle was shared thousands of times, this young lady is now a blue certified check Mark viral sensation who‘s go fund me account that was originally created to raise a little over a thousand dollars, raised a whopping 26 K! Viral videos are a big deal! Now you see why content creators want to go viral and get their due credit right?
So why did Jimmy Fallon and his team not invite the original creators to his show instead of this imposter? Why do black content creators have to constantly beg and fight for their work to be respectfully credited? Is it because Addison Rae is white, pretty and has tons of followers on Tik Tok, where Mya Johnson is black, pretty and has tons of followers on Tik Tok? 🤷🏽♀️🤷🏽♀️ I’m just saying.
Needless to say, Jimmy Fallon received tons of backlash on his Instagram page where he nor his team has responded directly to any of the comments from people insisting he credit the black creators of the dances. See screenshots below, and these are only a small portion of the many comments received:
However there was one comment that praised the moment posted by American professional tennis player and former world No. 1 in both singles and doubles Venus Williams, the tennis star didn’t seem to see anything wrong here. 🤷🏽♀️
( We like Serena better anyway!) Huh 🤔
I feel for this 15 year old kid who has accomplished what so many people could only dream of accomplishing, her hard work being shared millions of times online. I mean I’m so tired of seeing things like this happen, like is Ellen DeGeneres the only show host who knows how to invite the original dancers and creators of work she finds facinating on her large platform? Addison’a version of the dances were horrible I’m just keeping it real! HORRIBLE!
See the original video clip below of Mya and Chris’s dance that went viral:
Video Credit TheeMyanicole IG page
Ofcoarse Addison Rae downplayed and defended the moment in a recent TMZ chat when she mentioned “I think the creators were credited in the original You Tube Posting” (Typical I am entitled and did nothing wrong response.)
Girl, we not talking about no You Tube posting, we’re talking about The Jimmy Fallon show live! We all know that people are visual, what they see is what they believe. There just aren't a whole lot of people who are going to research where the dance moves originally came from, no, they will see Addison perform them on Fallon and assume they are her dances PERIOD! I’m sure she is aware of this.
She goes on to say, “It’s kind of hard to credit them during the show” HUH??
Girl no its not, you just simply say ”Hey everyone, I’d like to share that while I’m honored to be selected to perform these dances live, I have to make it known who the original creators of these dances were.”
There, it was just that simple and she could have easily done that but she chose not to so she could maintain her moment to shine off of someone else’s work! I’m sick of it!
See her clip below from TMZ: 👀
Video Credit TMZ
What it all boils down to is integrity and character. What are you willing to do to make it? How far would you go if given the opportunity? I personally think Addison Rae could have done more than she has done to make sure the original creators of this work gets credit. I think Fallon should host a second segment where he highlights the original content creators and allow them their due moment. There are a few ways this could have been handled:
Fallon could have mentioned the original dance creators on those dumb cards he was holding up each time Addison was doing her poor version of the dances.
Fallon could have made sure the credits were included on his live segment posted on the screen as Addison was doing her poor version of the dances.
Addison could have mentioned the original creators herself live on the show as she performed her poor version of the dances .
Fallon could have invited the original creators to the show instead of this Addison chic, to perform their dope dances live and teach him how to do it themselves. Problem solved! 🤷🏽♀️
So, let’s see what all the fuss is about, check out a side by side of the two performing the viral Tik Tok dance:
Ohhhhhhh, ummmmm😶 I see! 🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️
Dear Mya Johnson and Chris Cotter. You are amazing and your dance was fascinating! Trust me, your even bigger moment to shine will come! We are rooting for you and just know, Yal did it better PERIOD! Follow Mya Johnson @Theemyanicole on IG and Tik Tok.
Tinzley Bradford is a Dating Coach and Journalist. She is the author of the popular book "The Settlefree Dating Method for Women" https://www.amazon.com/Settle-Free-Dating-Method-Women/dp/1508460442#ace-g9766277718