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Remember the ‘floss’ dance? Well, it’s now officially banned at a primary school in Devon, UK. Thing is, in the video game ‘Fortnite’, the mass human killings are rewarder with a "dance of celebration" that looks very much like the ‘floss’. Apparently, that didn’t sit well with the school’s administration!
The Typical Student team previously told you about the hype surrounding the geeky dance moves in WTF Is Floss Dance & Why Is Millie Bobbie Brown Dancing It On Instagram?
Why is Fortnite Battle Royale So Popular?
It has to be said that ‘Fortnite Battle Royale’ is somewhat of a phenomenon! In a very short period of time, the game became HUGE in 2018. If you’re not much of a game fan and barely imagine what’s it all about, here’s a brief description. Multiple players are involved in a free-for-all battle. The goal is to become the last remaining player left alive by killing or evading other players while still remaining in a shrinking safe zone.
One of the reasons why Fortnite Battle Royale is so popular is because it’s free to play. This makes the game even more accessible than similar games like ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘Star Wars: Battlefront II’ Even celebrities play it: as reported by The Sun, Drake occasionally streams his ‘Fortnite’ matches!
How Did the ‘Floss’ Get into Fortnite?
Surprisingly, the 'floss' dance is one of the Fortnite’s options. In short, the crazy dance moves became famous thanks to the Backpack Kid, who was first to perform the moves on YouTube with a deadpan expression back in 2016. The ‘floss’ became mainstream in May, 2016 after the Backpack Kid performed it on SNL to during Katy Perry's live performance of 'Swish Swish'.
Why Ban the ‘Floss’ Dance?
Most people find the dance funny, but not the admins at Ilfracombe Primary School in Devon who banned the students from doing the ‘floss’ at school. The principal, Catherine Cox, addressed the students’ parents saying the dance is banned because it’s featured in the "violent" and "addictive" Fortnite game. She said the kids were using the dance to “intimidate their classmates.”
Just see the principal’s quotes:
"Fortnite is extremely addictive and playing violent games is associated with real-life aggressive behaviour and mental health issues.” Ms Cox said in her statement, and then added: "Fortnite is about mass killing of other human beings and being awarded by a dance of celebration if you are successful. One of these dances is called the Nazi dance!”
"If you can't beat them, join them"
Indeed, the ‘floss’ has been a hit in many schools around both US and the UK. A teacher at Tottington Primary School in Manchester, Simon Hunt, even posted a video of him being taught to 'floss' by his students. Consequently, the video went viral!
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