In recent years, we have seen the rise in popularity of “TikTok dances,” used to refer to when a specific dance becomes popularized to a portion of a song on the app. Usually, the dances are known for being quick, fun, and catchy, and since almost anyone can do them, they become increasingly popular. Often, a creator will post their dance, to which another more popular creator might use and popularize the dance without crediting them.
Now, HBO is being called out after noticing that their newest movie release “The Fallout” showcases a character making a TikTok and using a TikTok dance without crediting the original creator. In fact, the creator was not even aware.
Though @kierabreaugh, the creator who brought the issue at hand to viewers, did not remember the creator who created the dance, she wondered if she had been credited. Many commenters wanted to know the same thing. The creator who did originate the dance was Lesley Gonzalez, who only found out from a commenter letting Gonzalez know.
Reply to @444.kendalap #draft from the other other day BRUH?? WHY I JUST FIND OUT MY DANCE IS IN THE NEW MOVIE THE FALL OUT AND NOBODY TOLD ME???!?? THATS SO CRAZY AND LIKD WEIRD THAT NOBODY TOLD ME?????
In the clip, the entirety of the dance is shown, infuriating many who believed she should be paid out for inspiring the scene. Many felt like Gonzalez should be paid out, or at the very least, be notified that her dance would be used in a scene. Some felt like she needed to sue, as this might set the precedent for movies to use TikToker’s content without feeling the need to credit them.
Dear @HBO , @HBOmax & Megan Park (Director). I am reaching out on behalf of your new film “The Fallout”. I noticed my dance “Tap In”, that I choreographed, was used without my knowledge? I was not asked permission, payed, or notified that this was taking place. #runmemymoney
— lezlee💓 (@_lesleygonzalez) January 30, 2022
On Twitter, Gonzalez was attempting to create some traction and bring more attention to the issue, which many were supportive of. Some, however, felt as if she was caring too much for something that wasn’t the biggest of deals. Many noted that it wasn’t that “serious” and she might be making a big deal out of something, but many were insistent that choreographers were always credited in films, and this should continue to be the case. So far, HBO has yet to release comment and there has not been an update from Gonzalez.