Chinese New Year music videos from Channel 8 artistes are nothing new and are quite a sight to behold — with everyone from the television station starring in it except for the janitors and upper management.
In fact, they have been such a consistent feature in our TV scene that they go unnoticed most of the time.
This year’s release, however, is nothing short of noteworthy. Some might even call it cringeworthy.
As it turns out, the artistes have decided (or at least, have been told to) indulge in the millennial past time of “dabbing”.
For those who are not in the know, dabbing is “a dance move in which the dancer simultaneously drops the head while raising an arm and the elbow in a gesture that has been noted to resemble sneezing”.
It’s a hip-hop move originating from Atlanta, although there have been disputes over its inventor.
What a dab looks like:
What a Channel 8 dab looks like (to their credit, some of them look suitably embarrassed):
Other times, their faces were entirely buried in their arms, which we also chose to take as a faint sign of mortification:
Unfortunately, some of them ended up doing it wrong (your face is supposed to be buried in your elbow):
If you so wish, watch the full video here:
Maybe they decided it was time to freshen things up a bit, because swinging oranges around everywhere is getting a bit stale?
Maybe they thought emulating the millennials would be the best way to get eyeballs?
While we do think it’s an admirable effort to stay relevant, mainstreaming really isn’t for everything.
And judging by the reactions on YouTube, we can safely say that the audience concurs.
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