The Brief: A historical TikTok trend has people dancing to an instrumental version of "Hips Don't Lie" in front of Medieval paintings.
The Medieval “Hips Don’t Lie” TikTok trend consists of creators jauntily improvising dance moves in front of Medieval paintings on a green screen to an instrumental Bardcore cover of “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira. Usually, these videos have captions explaining that this is how they feel after doing an everyday task in a way that seems old-fashioned.
In these videos, TikTokers may perform vaguely Baroque/Rennaissance/Medieval-inspired dance moves while wearing improvised costumes made out of materials like bath towels. The low production value of the videos is a signature TikTok style, adding to the joke by reminding viewers that they’re still in the year 2020.
At the time of writing, over 9,700 videos have been made using the instrumental “Hips Don’t Lie” clip, and videos associated with the hashtag #Medieval have been viewed over 97 million times on the app. Overall, the medieval Hips Don’t Lie TikTok trend doesn’t have much of a point or message other than that we need more old-timey covers of popular songs (there are already plenty out there).
I will use these shillings to buy mincemeat for my wife and child #WhatsYourPower
I legit feel so…💅accomplished💅 if I don’t go on my phone for a while😫✅ #greenscreen
this doesn’t need a caption❤️
Some TikTokers used this trend to act out moments in history, giving a mini-lesson to their followers.
With a global
plague pandemic, Medieval times don’t seem too far away from the present day…