Fortnite’s dancing isn’t really a seminal part of the game, thought it’s definitely a fun one, but some people are now calling out the game’s iconic dance moves…
.@EpicGames has been profiting off of black dances in #Fortnite without compensating or even crediting the artists who created them. @chancetherapper inspired us to ask: can you copyright a dance move?pic.twitter.com/ERxEKBSzV2
— manny (@mannyfidel) September 27, 2018
The debate stems back from Chance the Rapper, who’s inspiring the question: can a dance move be copyrighted?
Chance the rapper and a few other people are saying that fortnite using dances in game make so much money for them that they should give the people who performed them a cut and now people are saying its cultural appropriation
Can you even copyright a dance???
— [RockHard] Kerma (@thereaIkerma) September 29, 2018
As the debate rages over on Twitter, some people are totally in agreement with Chance and Ocbazghi, claiming that some of the dance moves border on racial insensitivity and are an example of cultural appropriation. Others are taking the stance of it being “just a game.”
This is coming from a black girl that plays fortnite. Get over it. It’s just a dance. There’s nothing “cultural” about it. Fortnite has Spanish looking dances and completely weird ass dances. It’s just a game.
— YaGirlGumi? (@YaGirlGumi) September 28, 2018
So appearently fortnite dances are cultural appropriation
— koolbeens (@kwoolstuff) September 28, 2018
It’s a complex issue and Epic Games has yet to release a statement regarding the comments.
This is a confusing argument anyway.
If Fortnite using hip-hop dances is “cultural appropriation”, that would imply Fortnite is not a part of current hip-hop culture. (It is.)
If so, Drake hopping on a stream with Ninja would have been seen as super fucking lame. (It wasn’t.)
— Code Monkeys Season 2 home video release advocate (@mcrmy119) September 28, 2018
What do you think about the dancing in Fortnite?