Am I missing something? Or is this really distasteful? A Polish Catholic procession breaks out into the Harlem Shake. What?
July 19, 2013
July 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm
My impression… It's demonic. It is disgusting. is blasphemy. It treating something sacred and holy with utter disrespect.
July 19, 2013 at 2:53 pm
It's an old Kashubian devotion. Nothing blsphemous about it.
July 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm
You see, I was hoping there was an explanation for it. Thanks.
Maybe they're not really doing the Harlem Shake. In other Harlem Shake videos, the people are moving at random, making random gestures and such. In this clip, there seems to be rhythm in the movements of the bearers – they're tilting the image to various directions, not making random shaking. Also, the audience do not seem to be reacting at all. Finally, there was a cut in the video before the sudden movements of the image-bearers.
My impression is that this is an actual tradition in Poland – and whoever made this just matched the video with a recording of Harlem Shake.
Having said that, of course it's not appropriate to do this kind of thing – or any sacred activity for that matter – using the Harlem Shake as background music.
July 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm
This is the link to the original video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HegMULQrjHA The idea is to make the sign of Cross with the feretron. Like I said, strange but not disrespectful.
July 19, 2013 at 4:08 pm
It is strange for us now, but it was not like that couple of hundreds years ago. It is traditional "bowing of holy pictures". So please, don't think about it as something strange. The pictures bow in front of Jesus – so it is beautiful, and respectful.
July 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm
hard to believe it's real worse the crowds reation they should have immediatly turned around and left!!
July 20, 2013 at 4:31 am
Too much trouble to Google it before posting about it, Matt? Easier to shoot first and let your readers educate you, I suppose.
July 20, 2013 at 4:33 am
Hey, maybe tomorrow you can post about how distasteful the dubstep version is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWVWmy2wjqY
July 20, 2013 at 4:34 am
Or the One Direction version.
July 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm
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July 20, 2013 at 6:13 pm
Fake. Poles make the sign of the Cross with the image. Somebody just added Harlem Shake to it. The Catholic Church is vast. There are more ways —perfectly valid and ancient ways of doing things than then suburban constipated practice of Catholicism knows about.
July 20, 2013 at 8:14 pm
I always thought that the author defends Catholic Faith, but he tries to make all of the Catholics like him. Dear author, accept that every country is different, and catholicism in these countries have different traditions.
July 21, 2013 at 8:35 am
All those giving Matt such a hard time, knock off the sanctimonious arrogance. This really does look awful. Explanation given…he graciously accepted it.
Quite frankly though, it still looks really disturbing.
July 22, 2013 at 3:18 am
We don't have a blog space on the fricking National Catholic Register. The Catholic world *quotes* the Archbolds sometimes. For better or worse, they are influential, and so some of us think they shouldn't blog whatever stupid crap crosses their minds on slow news days.
You do realize that there are tons of local customs all through Catholicism, right? Running in front of bulls to honor St. Fermin, swinging the giant dangerous Botafumeiro, and building churches out of the bones of plague victims…it's all part of the legitimate inculturation of Catholicism that makes Christendom. It's small mind that looks out at Catholic culture and customs different from their own and is "disturbed".
July 22, 2013 at 12:33 pm
Harry Seldon – the words of wisdom.
July 22, 2013 at 2:29 pm
Mr. Selden, you are correct.
July 23, 2013 at 1:41 am
There are no words in the language capable of expressing my disgust and repulsion.
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