It seems the “Harlem Shake” is also causing a stir Down Under. Several miners in Australia are out of a job after uploading a video of their performance of the Internet song and dance sensation. According to the BBC, up to 15 workers were let go after their employers determined they were in violation of safety regulations by performing their version of the “Harlem Shake” in a mine setting. A witness says the group was only “having a bit of fun.” It was reported last week that the Federal Aviation Administration here in the U.S. was investigating a recent “Harlem Shake” performance that took place in mid-air on a Frontier Airlines flight. The FAA wants to make sure no in-flight regulations were violated.
The “Harlem Shake” track by producer Baauer has become a YouTube phenomenon in recent weeks. The song’s popularity has surged in large part to users uploading videos of themselves dancing to the track en masse.