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Screenshot: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (Fair Use)

Full disclosure, I only watch TikToks that make their way onto other platforms or that my friends send to me personally. And to answer the question “who is Addison [Rae],” the same one posed by Rae’s Twitter handle, I had to consult a January Jezebel blog by Joan Summers: “Addison Rae is a human person who has a famous TikTok account.” Thank you, Joan!

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With that out of the way, I can now say that Rae’s Saturday night appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is one of the most cringey things I’ve seen in a while. How to describe?

During the segment, Fallon holds up a series of cue cards with names of eight different TikTok dances on them, wordlessly bopping along to a generic beat, while Rae performs each of them with a toothy smile frozen on her face, her expression completely unchanging. For the last dance, the two disappear offstage and return clad in gray hoodies and sunglasses, making for a possibly even more awkward pas de deux.


The utter joylessness with which Rae demonstrates these dances makes me think that perhaps one of the Black TikTokers who invented them might have been a better choice for this segment! It would’ve been the right thing to do, and it would have saved me from this immense secondhand embarrassment.


FYI Kendall Jenner isn’t pregnant!! Mom!!!!!

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  • A few weeks ago I included a bullet in Dirt about Megan Fox and Avril Lavigne going on a double date with their respective boyfriends. This week I’m here to report that Fox and beau Machine Gun Kelly have gone on another double date with Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker. The foursome went to what appeared to be a maskless mixed martial arts event in Las Vegas. My bf and I had to pass! [People]
  • Three people who are apparently best friends now, whose names I didn’t just draw out of a hat: Ellie Goulding, Princess Eugenie, and Katy Perry. [Us Weekly]
  • It sounds like Justin Theroux needs a job and maybe wants to get closer to ex Jennifer Aniston. (I, too, am available for The Morning Show if the producers “wanna send me some pages.”) [Us Weekly]

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I can’t blame Fallon for having her on the show....I’m sure his target demographic audience has kids who speak of her incessantly. I have two teenage girls myself, one of which who is obsessed with TT. (Having said that, if you mention Rae they both roll their eyes in complete disgust lol)

I have a good friend who started a tiktok as a joke and how has almost 500K followers and is I suppose, low level “tiktok” famous, so by association I got dragged into the world of the TikTok. It’s a strange world, equal parts completely awful heinous behavior, and also some of the most positive, creative and inclusive things you can ever hope to see.

After the “renegade” dance blew up and the young girl (who is black) that made it up didn’t get any credit.....crediting people who start these trends became a huge deal. Most of the time people will get called out almost immediately if you don’t give credit now, which is a good thing obviously. The kids take it seriously.