Step aside all you obnoxious millennials who think you invented diversity. If you’re looking for the true trailblazer, you’ll need to go back… back to the 90’s.
It was the summer of 1996. Independence Day was booming in the box office, The Craft had just been released that May, and Neve Campbell was about to be launched into an even further fame that December with Scream.
It was then, that an unsuspecting nation was introduced to the Macarena. Macarena fever hit hard. So hard in fact that even the DNC of that year was hit a Macarena outbreak.
Since then, and this is embracing to admit…actually no it’s not, fuck all of you – I love the Macarena! It’s so damn catchy and so damn 90’s, it’s fuckin amazing.
So the other day, I was rewatching the Macarena music video (because yes, I do that. Got a problem? Call my agent!) and I was totally blown away. I was like…
THIS WAS MADE IN THE 90s?
This music video is the very definition of diversity. And all of you 2019-ers should be ashamed of yourselves for not knowing about this important moment in music history.
Let’s meet our diverse cast:
The song is sung by Los Del Rio, a duo from Spain. But look at this – How many hit music videos can you think of by men in their 50’s or 60’s dominating the charts? The Macarena directly combats agism!
Sure, blondes have more fun…but according to blondes! No matter what your hair color (or horrendous wardrobe choices…) all are welcomed to dance the Macarena!
The Indian Girl
A study by PBS found that out of all the actors in Hollywood, only 4.2% are “Other”….yeah, that’s how disproportionate the number of Indian actors in Hollywood are. They’re categorized under “Other”, which would combine them with various Arab/Desi/Pacific Islanders/Indigenous peoples/and so forth…all to make up less than 5%.
So the true numbers of Indian actors will never be known. What we do know that is that being Indian in the entertainment business can’t be easy. And being a woman in any job isn’t easy, so for an Indian woman to be featured in such a high-profile music video is huge!
I don’t what she is, or what the story behind the hair, the lips, and the outfit are…but here’s how I’m taking it – It’s all about being yourself. She is the embodiment of body positivity, dressing how you want, and not giving a fuck. Let’s all raise a glass and have a cheers to that cotton-candy wig!
Rocking out a satin pantsuit. That’s right – SATIN PANTSUIT – A pantsuit so elegant, I can only imagine it would make Diane Keaton jealous. Our Latina (or Latinx, because I’m not here to assume genders) is surely ready for her night at the club where she will cheat on her boyfriend… you know… he one who’s name is Victorino.
But don’t worry,
She didn’t want him
She couldn’t stand him
He was no good so….
The Black Girl
(Can I still say ‘black’? I don’t want to say African American, because what if she isn’t from America?)
Regardless of whatever the PC term is, one thing is for sure, I love this girl . That 90’s outfit, that Amazing 90’s hair. Everything. Pure perfection. Also, in the music video she competes to be the lead. Going head-to-head with…
The Asian Girl
That shirt. That hair. That everything. Oh man, 90’s perfection. This image isn’t too clear, but she’s also got on purple lipstick. Daring and bold makeup choices…. UGHHHHHH THE 90s!!!! COME BACK!!!!!
The White Blonde Girl
I know, I can hear you groaning. You’re probably saying something like #OscarsSoWhite, and then I’ll be like, that Oscars hashtag is from 2015. OMG get with it! But in reality, diversity and inclusion means everyone…even white blonde women
(at least she’s not a man…am I right, ladies?????…crickets.)
Will that fabulous feather jacket help make it better? Fit for a hooker, I say!
The Mom From ‘Blackish’
The mom from Blackish denies being in the music video (yes, this got widespread enough to where she had to respond) But, Macarena conspiracy theorists continue to insist that it’s her. And how could you not believe Macarena conspiracy theorists??????
Had ABBA gotten famous in the 90’s they would have looked just like our Swedish girl in the music video. Plastic pants. Plastic shirt. And a plastic winter hat. I have a feeling this was surely the most uncomfortbale outfit in the entire music video. But pain is beauty!
Yes, that’s right. This music video is so diverse that it even has the forgotten middle child. Jan is so forgotten that I couldn’t even find a good image of this girl. She’s literally hidden in ever single frame!
Let’s try again….
Poor Jan. We can’t all be center stage though, I suppose. I’m sure she has a great personality and is probably very smart. Maybe she’s a lawyer now and making more than anyone else in the music video?
There you have it! The most diverse music video in the world! Now, put that song, and blast it loud!!! HEY MACARENA!!!!!
Dance on my friends! Dance on!
~ The Dark Horse