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Chopping Dance / Questions I Get Asked

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Chopping Dance or Questions I Get Asked is a TikTok dance trend in which the dancer sways their hips while acting out a number of stylized chopping moves with their hands, beginning with chopping on a cutting board, followed by stacking their hands and chopping as if cutting wood and ending with finger guns. The trend began in March 2021, going viral on TikTok over the course of the year. The dance is set to the song "The Magic Bomb" by Hoang Read.

Origin

On March 28th, 2021, TikToker[1] @themanhngo_ posted a video (shown below) performing "the chopping dance," a dance that he created set to the song "The Magic Bomb" by Hoang Read.[2] The dance mimics various forms of chopping, while the TikToker also sways their hips. The video gained over 106,000 views in four months.


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6944581496787324162

Spread

The dance blew up across Chinese TikTok over the course of the following months, resulting in a number of popular videos performing it. For example, on April 8th, TikToker[3] @c.0214 posted a video performing the dance, garnering over 40 million views in three months (shown below).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6948736480684690689

The trend soon gained worldwide popularity in the following weeks. On May 13th, TikToker[5] @1facerussia, a deepfake Vladimir Putin, performed the dance, garnering over 46 million views in two months (shown below).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6961761532585823494

On May 17th, TikTok[4] dance group @urbantheory_ posted a video performing a version of the trend, garnering over 196 million views in two months (shown below).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6963262653355658501

"Questions I Get Asked" Trend

In July 2021, the Chopping Dance became a framing device for a trend in which TikTokers answer questions they're frequently asked regarding a profession, hobby, belief, etc. that they take part in, often with tongue-in-cheek answers. For example, on July 3rd, TikToker[6] @turtlewithhat posted a video captioned "Questions we get asked as lesbians" following the trend, gaining over 8.1 million views in three weeks (shown below, left). On July 8th, TikToker[7] @mickyxsigns posted one captioned "things i hear a lot as a deaf creator," in which she jokes about not being able to hear anything, garnering over 13 million views in a comparable span of time (shown below, right).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6980809578934029574
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6982607862971256070

On July 15th, TikToker[8] @jamishio posted a video following the trend answering questions about having a Minecraft girlfriend, such as whether he was the smelly kid in school while wearing a Minecraft Creeper hoodie, gaining over 7 million views in six days (shown below).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6984801744966388998

Jamishio continued to perform the trend over the course of the month, resulting in a number of popular videos. On July 18th, he posted a video answering questions about living with his parents at 24, gaining over 8.8 million views in three days (shown below).


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6985917545068924166

Tutorial


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6958119512713497862

Various Examples


https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6985546520464559365
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6986351566504594693
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6986358174823517442
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6985936735783914757
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6986077155939683590
https://www.tiktok.com/embed/v2/6984054311068142854

Search Interest

External References

[1] TikTok – themangho

[2] YouTube – The Magic Bomb

[3] TikTok – 我的女神 tag說出你常看的女神

[4] TikTok – urbantheory_

[5] TikTok – 1facerussia

[6] TikTok – turtlewithhat

[7] TikTok – mickyxsigns

[8] TikTok – jamishio

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