Chances are, if you’re only making your Harlem Shake video now, you’ve missed the boat. Still, the fad hasn’t lost its steam. This high school boys’ hockey team from New York caught the Harlem Shake bug, but it wasn’t without its consequences. Their racy take on it forced a self-imposed forfeiture from a first-round Section 1 state playoff game. Did the crime fit the punishment? Judge for yourself:
Before we start judging a bunch of 16- and 17-year-old high school hockey players, let’s examine the details. The Nyack (N.Y.)-Tappan Zee (N.Y.) High boys hockey co-op team was set to play Section I state playoff game against Lakeland (N.Y.)-Panas (N.Y.), but forfeited. While it hasn’t been confirmed that the video is the exact cause of forfeiture, local media seem to believe there is no other reasonable cause.
Also, senior forward Corey Aronson tweeted tweeted this to a friend:
“We were forfeited from playoffs for a borderline inappropriate video in the locker room of Harlem shake.”
So about that punishment. First, as far as Harlem Shake videos go, this one was pretty terrible. It was the clear result of throwing a bunch of teenage dudes into a locker room, adding in a healthy dose of hormones, testosterone, and National Lampoon’s straight-to-DVD humor. The doggie-style hockey-stick sex was my personal favorite, even more so than the kid with the aptly placed tube sock around his junk. HIGH BROW HUMOR, FRIENDS.
But these kids shouldn’t have had to forfeit their game. A few extra suicides at practice, maybe an in-school suspension for the team, but forfeiting the game seemed kind of over-compensatory. It’s not like they did anything destructive or harmful towards anybody. High schoolers do a lot worse for themselves on the Internet nowadays anyway.
Teenagers do stupid, compulsive things, especially when there are a few cheap laughs involved. But this seemed like a no-harm, no-foul type of situation.