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The Harlem Shake with the Image of Jesus?

Am I missing something? Or is this really distasteful? A Polish Catholic procession breaks out into the Harlem Shake. What?

*subhead*Wait, what?*subhead*

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18 comments:

Pat said...

My impression... It's demonic. It is disgusting. is blasphemy. It treating something sacred and holy with utter disrespect.

Joanna said...

It's an old Kashubian devotion. Nothing blsphemous about it.

matthew archbold said...

You see, I was hoping there was an explanation for it. Thanks.

Athrun Atreides said...

Maybe they're not really doing the Harlem Shake. In other Harlem Shake videos, the people are moving at random, making random gestures and such. In this clip, there seems to be rhythm in the movements of the bearers - they're tilting the image to various directions, not making random shaking. Also, the audience do not seem to be reacting at all. Finally, there was a cut in the video before the sudden movements of the image-bearers.

My impression is that this is an actual tradition in Poland - and whoever made this just matched the video with a recording of Harlem Shake.

Having said that, of course it's not appropriate to do this kind of thing - or any sacred activity for that matter - using the Harlem Shake as background music.

Joanna said...

This is the link to the original video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HegMULQrjHA The idea is to make the sign of Cross with the feretron. Like I said, strange but not disrespectful.

dexi said...

It is strange for us now, but it was not like that couple of hundreds years ago. It is traditional "bowing of holy pictures". So please, don't think about it as something strange. The pictures bow in front of Jesus - so it is beautiful, and respectful.

Tim Messonnier said...

hard to believe it's real worse the crowds reation they should have immediatly turned around and left!!

Harry Seldon said...

Too much trouble to Google it before posting about it, Matt? Easier to shoot first and let your readers educate you, I suppose.

Harry Seldon said...

Hey, maybe tomorrow you can post about how distasteful the dubstep version is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWVWmy2wjqY

Harry Seldon said...

Or the One Direction version.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID7nNpTglgg

Dymphna said...
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Dymphna said...

Fake. Poles make the sign of the Cross with the image. Somebody just added Harlem Shake to it. The Catholic Church is vast. There are more ways ---perfectly valid and ancient ways of doing things than then suburban constipated practice of Catholicism knows about.

dexi said...

I always thought that the author defends Catholic Faith, but he tries to make all of the Catholics like him. Dear author, accept that every country is different, and catholicism in these countries have different traditions.

susan said...

All those giving Matt such a hard time, knock off the sanctimonious arrogance. This really does look awful. Explanation given...he graciously accepted it.

Quite frankly though, it still looks really disturbing.

Harry Seldon said...

We don't have a blog space on the fricking National Catholic Register. The Catholic world *quotes* the Archbolds sometimes. For better or worse, they are influential, and so some of us think they shouldn't blog whatever stupid crap crosses their minds on slow news days.

You do realize that there are tons of local customs all through Catholicism, right? Running in front of bulls to honor St. Fermin, swinging the giant dangerous Botafumeiro, and building churches out of the bones of plague victims...it's all part of the legitimate inculturation of Catholicism that makes Christendom. It's small mind that looks out at Catholic culture and customs different from their own and is "disturbed".

dexi said...

Harry Seldon - the words of wisdom.

Dymphna said...

Mr. Selden, you are correct.

NC Sue said...

There are no words in the language capable of expressing my disgust and repulsion.

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