George Floyd protests: Georgia National Guard do the 'Macarena' before curfew, Internet reacts 'What the f**k?'
In downtown Atlanta, barely 15 minutes before the curfew went into effect on Friday (June 5) at 8 pm, a line of guardsmen can be seen rollicking to the Macarena dance
In the wake of George Floyd's death, protests have taken the country by a storm. While the ensuing violence and retaliation have seen several developments, what most Americans did not expect was in downtown Atlanta, barely 15 minutes before the curfew went into effect on Friday (June 5) at 8 pm, a line of guardsmen can be seen rollicking to music, according to reports. A tweet with a drone view from a SKYFOX 5 report read, "SKYFOX 5 was over downtown Atlanta where protesters and @GeorgiaGuard were dancing the Macarena."
Protestors joined the Georgia National Guard and it didn't take much time for the air to take a jovial turn. Reportedly, they left the area peacefully before the curfew took effect. A flurry of tweets spread the word on social media and the internet was taken aback by it all. It started with a tweet that read: "Countdown to curfew in Atlanta," and soon collected over 8,000 retweets and 10,000 likes. In the clip, the National Guard can be seen dancing to the foot-tapping number 'Macarena' by Pop duo Los Del Río.
The hit dance single soon became the top trend on Twitter with many posting sarcastic comments and several others slamming the moment. "La Macarena becoming the fascist American equivalent to the Nazi salute is not something I was expecting, but am equally not shocked by either," one wrote and another said, "I ain't doing the Macarena with no goddamn body in 2020 and damn sure not doing it with no damn police."
"Will the police do the 'Macarena Dance'? I don’t think so. They have the 'Baton Knee Push' moves!" one said while another wrote, "Countdown to busting some peacefully protesting American a** with zero accountability! Heyyy Macarena!" Another user posted, "What if instead of doing The Macarena the police just do the 'not Brutalizing protesters'?"
Many were against it. "Don't pray with cops, don't dance with cops, don't take a knee with cops, cops are on the street to crush you, and the cause," one tweet read. Another shared, "Soooo you're telling me they’re doing the Macarena to countdown to curfew so they can BEAT THE LIVING F**K OUT OF US AND GAS AND ARREST US??????? Cool just wanted to be clear." Another posted, "At least the protesters will know they're being beaten by people who dance."
Not everyone blasted it though. Some praised the moment. "What a difference a week makes. A week ago, the protests turned destructive at #CentennialPark. Now, they are doing the #Macarena together. More of this please. Let's work together so there is never another #GeorgeFloyd," one tweet read while another said, "What the f**k? No I don't mean what the f**k is happening. I mean how do all these people know the Macarena?"
One user even went on to say: "Little-known fact: The Macarena solves everything." Nevertheless, most people simply called it propaganda. "WHO THE F**K BROUGHT THE MACARENA BACK F**K THIS PROPAGANDA!" What are your thoughts about the Macarena dance? Let us know in the comments below.