Nyack, NY — The “Harlem Shake” has claimed another victim: This time a high school hockey team which wound up on very thin ice for a dance video uploaded to the web.
The Nyack-Tappan Zee High School hockey team forfeited its first round Section I state playoff game, and a “Harlem Shake” YouTube is the unconfirmed reason why.
School officials would not comment but according to the Lower Hudson Valley hockey blog, one of the players tweeted that “We were forfeited from playoffs for a borderline inappropriate video in the locker room of Harlem Shake.”
The original video was taken down, but the footage purports to be a copied version.
The “Harlem Shake” — perhaps the “Gangnam Style” of 2013 — is a recent internet fad that’s gone viral as The Inquisitr has previously reported. Typically, amateur videographers begin “Harlem Shake” videos with one person dancing (often masked) in the foreground while others go about their normal activities in the background, then after a short spurt of lonely, comical dancing, the bass drops and madness ensues as everyone in frame springs in to an odd pose to strut their stuff.
In a related story, 12 players on the Susquehanna University (Pennsylvania) football squad were recently kicked off the team for making a “Harlem Shake” video.
Acknowledging that the hockey team’s “Harlem Shake” was in poor taste, Yahoo! Sports raised the question as to whether the mandatory forfeiture was too harsh:
“Clearly the lesson from the video and its subsequent penalty is that teens need to be more careful about what they’re putting online for public consumption. Whether an entire team’s season needs to be ended to ram home that point, at the expense of their teammates, is another matter entirely.”
Watch the “Harlem Shake” video and decide for yourself as to whether the hockey team should have been kicked out of the playoffs: