There’s finally an answer to the question: Why does that Jackson 5 B-side of a song Shake It Off exist? The answer is: So that oldies can make the world a happier place by recreating its video!
A group of senior citizens did their own version of Shake It Off a couple of years ago, but recently, 50 residents of the Julia Wallace Retirement Village in the New Zealand city of Palmerston North went all out in their recreation. The Guardian says that the seasoned Kiwis sought out to do a nearly shot-by-shot remake of Taylor Swift’s video for Shake It Off and they spent a week learning the words and moves. The whole thing was professionally shot and produced, and it included cameos from staff members and grandkids. One of the retirement village residents sewed all of the costumes.
The average age of the abuelitas and abuelitos in this video is 82 and they’re combined age is 4,000. The most physical activity I do all day is lift a heavy ice cream sandwich up to my mouth while using my toes to change the channel on the remote sitting on my coffee table, and here’s these oldies busting their asses. Shake that hip replacement off, granny!
This ain’t their first viral rodeo either. They did a flash mob to Pharrell’s Happy at a shopping center, and last year they went all Calendar Girls by taking off their blouses for a charity calendar. I wonder if they take requests, because my life is incomplete until I see their shot-by-shot remake of RiRi’s Bitch Better Have My Money.
That video is just the sparkle this ugly world needed. But when I watched, I couldn’t help but think that those memaws and pepaws look so happy and innocent and they have no idea that Taylor Swift is probably going to sue the dentures out of their mouths for this. They’ll have to make ends meet by singing Shake It Off on a street corner for change, and yes, Taylor will sue them for that too.