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Markelle Washington defends Charli D'Amelio after TikTok star is accused of stealing TikTok dances from black creators 

Charli D'Amelio (Image via Variety)
Charli D'Amelio (Image via Variety)
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Karishma Rao

TikTok star Charli D'Amelio has been under fire recently. The influencer, who has over 112 million followers, was called out by The View co-host Sunny Hosting for stealing dances made by black creators, not crediting them and profiting from them.

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Chali D'Amelio faced backlash after going on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, teaching the host dance moves of popular songs including Say So and Hard Times. There were no credits given to the dancers on screen.

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Tik Tok sensation Addison Rae also received heat after going on the Tonight Show and performing the dances. Fans of the app then attacked the show for not giving credit to the black creators of the dances. Jimmy Fallon then invited the original creators to his channel and gave credit where credit is due.

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Charli D'Amelio was also accused of stealing the popular Renegade dance routine from Atlanta teenager Jalaiah Harman. Charli D'Amelio proceeded to credit the original creator, Jalaiah, at an NBA All-Star Game in 2020.


TikToker Markelle Washington defends Charli D'Amelio

After observing the endless backlash towards Charli D’Amelio, Tik Toker Markelle Washington defended the star.

“People are going to keep calling this girl out (Charli D'Amelio) for not giving credit where credit is due, guys check your receipts that was so long ago.”

The TikToker went on to show proof of her giving dance credits way back in June 2020. Markelle stated:

“I feel like people are coming after her just because she has the biggest following on the platform, but let’s be real if somebody had 300 k followers and they didn’t give somebody dance credits, nobody would come for their lives.

Markell also added that one must hold everybody accountable no matter the status or the number of followers they have under their name, referring to Charlie D'Amelio's huge fan following.

People continued to call out the TikTok star, as many of them believed that Charli D’Amelio only began giving credit once she blew up to have millions of followers on the internet. They also stated that the she did not give credit to the Renegade, which catapulted her fame.

Charli D'Amelio was called out in light of Black TikTokers refusing to create new dance routines as the creators were not getting credited for their original content. The hashtag “BlackTikTokStrike” took over the platform and Twitter as well.


Edited by Gautham Balaji
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