A group of Philadelphia citizens have gone viral after they were seen on video dancing the “Cha Cha Slide” while waiting to vote.
In videos circulating around social media on Saturday, the voters – including a man wearing a T-shirt that read “---- 2020” — got their groove on to DJ Casper’s hit song.
BuzzFeed News credits the dance party to Nelini Stamp, the campaign director for nonpartisan coalition Election Defenders, which launched the “Joy to the Polls” voting initiative over the weekend.
Per their Twitter bio, Joy to the Polls is “a nonpartisan movement to bring joy to the polls & make voting a celebration.”
Though Stamp told the outlet that “it feels good” to see the voters having fun, she wished they didn’t have to wait in such long lines.
“That person should not have to have to wait in line for an hour,” she said.
“However, we wanted to do something good for those people [standing in line],” she continued. “And it felt really good that that person and those folks who saw — whether it was the Cha Cha Slide or the Wobble or people doing the Electric Slide, it at least brought them some joy and some relief in a process that wasn't meant for us, especially Black and brown people.”
BuzzFeed News also said a few members of the Resistance Revival Chorus — a collective of women and nonbinary artists and activists who “join together to breathe joy and song into the resistance” — participated in the viral moment.
Stamp says the voters were also provided with PPE, water, and hand warmers while waiting in line.
After the clips went viral, celebrities such as Ava DuVernay and Wanda Sykes applauded the voters’ positive and patient attitudes.
Rock the vote, Real Fam!