Why The Cat Daddy is Offensive

You name it, I did it (or at least tried it) — often times not thinking about the message behind the music or the origin of the dance.

I used to Lock It, MCM, and do the Smurf in DC before migrating to the Dirty South where I learned to Scrub the Ground, Tootsie Roll, and Ride the Donkey.

Funny names with crazy moves, but I don’t recall ever doing a dance that poked fun at a medical condition…

*cue the drumroll*

…until the Cat Daddy.

There are many reasons why I don’t like the song, but the dance has me steamin’! These buffoons encourage listeners to “move your arms like you wheelchair stuntin'” as if they know what that really entails. A wheelchair stunt, like popping a wheelie, is a necessity for wheelchair users to get onto curbs or avoid obstacles. It’s not a gimmick. It’s functional. And it doesn’t require moving your arms in a full rotation — actually, no wheelchair move does because it’s impossible to do! When you push, you start from the top of the wheel and propel forward using your arms and core muscles.

And why are they bending their knees? Is that to mimic the height? Surely, they know that you can’t do a “wheelchair stunt” while bending your knees because they’re already bent! You’re seated for goodness sake!

Oh, but here’s the kicker: They have a token guy in a wheelchair at the :57 mark to show…what exactly? That it’s not offensive? That even wheelers enjoy the song and its dance? Yeah, right!

Party people, we have had our share of ridiculously named dances in recent years: The Stanky Leg, SuperMan and Chicken Noodle Soup were the wackiest in my opinion, but let’s not get carried away. I don’t want another one-hit-wonder group to prompt listeners to “do the seizure shake” or “nod your head like you have Tourette’s.” It’s not funny!

Keep it Moving!