Alfonso Ribeiro will go down in history for one main reason. He popularized the Carlton dance when he starred in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
The dance, which was meant to be terrifying, became a hugely popular dance, and this has come back to haunt him throughout his life.
Alfonso appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and spoke about the dance, which remains a fan favorite 26 years after the original Fresh Prince went off the air.
Alfonso Ribeiro is fed up with the Carlton dance
It’s been 26 years since the original The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air took off the air. Since then, Alfonso has become the host of ABC’s America’s Funniest Home Videos, starred in the series In the House, and even directed several television episodes.
Still, he said, every day he goes outside, someone asks him to do the Carlton. And he refuses for a very good reason. Alfonso sat down with Jimmy Kimmel and raised the issue.
“I don’t have love for it like her,” said Alfonso. “You know, I mean, usually almost every day of my life I get asked to do the dance when I go outside. Yes, when I go somewhere, I happen to hear people: ‘Dance!’ You say, ‘I’m not dancing for you. I’m a black man who won’t dance for you. That will not happen.”
The problem comes from the fact that people love dance and dance is as they know it. However, people cannot expect him to just stop and dance for them in the street.
He also thinks it’s an odd request.
“The weird thing for me is trying to understand what’s going on in her head,” Alfonso said. “What makes you think you’re going to ask a random person to dance for you and they’re going to be like, ‘Oh my god, I’ve been waiting for you to ask. Wait a second, let me get into the role.’ I do not get it.”
Alfonso Ribiero took the dance out of the show
That being said, Alfonso knows the dance is popular and he will take the time to pull it out – only if the situation is acceptable.
However, there are other situations where he was very protective of the Carlton.
The Fortnite game has several dance moves that players can collect and have their characters perform at specific times in the game. The developer added the Carlton without permission. However, after he sued Epic Games, the US Copyright Office would not allow him to copyright the dance. so he dropped the lawsuit.
Dancing with the Stars is on pause. The dancing reality competition series will return to its new home on Disney+ Streaming in late 2022.
https://www.monstersandcritics.com/tv/reality-tv/dwts-champion-alfonso-ribeiro-reveals-what-he-really-thinks-of-his-popular-dance/ DWTS Champion Alfonso Ribeiro reveals what he really thinks of his popular dance