On a recent episode of one of the hundred or so reality shows, America’s Best Dance Crew (a side project of one of the American Pop Idol judges), pop singer Beyonce presented “the Beyonce challenge” to the dance crews. In the clip she asks Vogue Evolution “to take us back to the roots of dance and bust a little African flavor.” Her own dancing is referenced in a video as African dancing. Later the presenter goes on about “adding an African spice to their dancing.” Then the judges can’t stop talking about royalty, because it is African dance.

I’ll stay out of the homophobic comments on some websites where the video has been posted (example here and here) and just ask: What is so African about the crew’s dance moves?