Supporters of Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg unveiled a dance routine online recently.
Not to be outdone, supporters of another Democratic nominee, billionaire Mike Bloomberg did the same.
Or so people thought.
That now viral video of people doing a (badly) choreographed dance to Maroon 5's "Moves Like Jagger" while holding "Mike Bloomberg 2020" signs wasn't from a campaign event.
It's pure parody folks.
Now WHAT could they possibly be making fun of?
@hasoni @PeteButtigieg @PeteForAmerica Get ready to be beat down on Twitter over the #HighHopesDance..... We all h… https://t.co/RasxQB1gi7— Legal Assistants For #Pete 🐝 (@Legal Assistants For #Pete 🐝)1575318118.0
Oh, yeah. That.
The Bloomberg video was shared on Twitter by Nick Ciarelli. He claimed to be a campaign intern.
Here's the latest awkward dance craze (not really, please don't try this at home or anywhere else).
Look out #TeamPete because us Bloomberg Heads have our own dance! Taken at the Mike Bloomberg rally in Beverly Hill… https://t.co/YMKwl19jsg— Nick Ciarelli (@Nick Ciarelli)1576213812.0
Thanks for all your kind words about our fun lil dance. My fellow staffer @bradfordevans and I have made the Moves… https://t.co/nuiK3hRQyW— Nick Ciarelli (@Nick Ciarelli)1576256819.0
The Bloomberg campaign begged to differ on Ciarelli's credentials.
Campaign spokesperson Julie Wood stated:
"Nick is not associated with the campaign."
But they'd welcome him aboard according to their Twitter post.
To clarify, @NickCiarelli is not an intern for our campaign. And he does not have moves like Bloomberg. Nick, appl… https://t.co/GogRGYH3JF— Team Bloomberg (@Team Bloomberg)1576249713.0
Ciarelli is a comedian with the improv group Upright Citizens Brigade. Per their website, he and his writing partner Brad Evans host a monthly sketch comedy show which was the scene of the choreography crime featured in the supposed Bloomberg video.
The duo kept the joke going for some time on Twitter posing as a fired unpaid intern and a social media manager for Bloomberg.
@nickciarelli https://t.co/MCwMm7obOg— Squash Season (@Squash Season)1576309998.0
Ciarelli told BuzzFeed News the video was filmed in Atlantic City and confirmed no one involved with the video is affiliated with the Bloomberg campaign.
"We are not associated with the Bloomberg campaign, we just volunteered our time to make his campaign a viral dance that they didn't seem to appreciate."
Considering the Buttigieg dance, people fell for the parody hook, line and sinker.
Apparently NOT a parody. https://t.co/wbULMblPed— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@Sebastian Gorka DrG)1576217855.0
@nickciarelli @BoringDrew As a white person even I am thinking “what the hell kind of white people sh*t is this?” a… https://t.co/mIQiO26MlF— A.R. Moxon (@A.R. Moxon)1576288915.0
@RodneyDBarnes63 @nickciarelli Make America Gangnam Style Again?— Darth Blair, 622 F. Supp. 931, 934 (D.D.C. 1985) (@Darth Blair, 622 F. Supp. 931, 934 (D.D.C. 1985))1576270698.0
Is it just me or do these Bloomberg fans look like they have been kidnapped and forced to appear happy? https://t.co/xnLi2obVGU— Jordan (@Jordan)1576250782.0
@nickciarelli https://t.co/Ws4AoAdsKa— JIM👎 (@JIM👎)1576233797.0
Sorry, folks. If you're looking for awkward official campaign dance moves, you'll have to wait.
Hopefully for a really long time.