What Is The Helen Keller Dance?
Even if you are familiar with Helen Keller, it would probably still be hard to imagine what the "Helen Keller Dance" looks like.
The "Helen Keller Dance" refers to the chorus in the electronic music group 3OH!3's new single "Don't Trust Me," which has been played 84 million times on MySpace as of today. In the song, Sean Foreman raps, "Shush girl, shut your lips. do the Helen Keller and talk with your hips." The couplet has fueled much controversy regarding its reference to the iconic deaf-blind author and activist.
3OH!3 is an duo from Boulder, CO, where the area code is 303. Founded in 2004, 3OH!3's music style includes jokey raps and indie electronica beats. They will be joining the 15th annual Vans Warped Tour, a festival focusing on punk bands and extreme sports, which kicks off today at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA.
"The reason why we wrote that line was to catch people's ears and to create a different lyric," Foreman says. "We weren't trying to be offensive. Actually, this concert promoter we met knows Helen Keller's granddaughter. She said she was offended by it at first. But I think she came around to it. She understands the implication of it.
A few accusations of misogyny have also been leveled at 3OH!3, which also includes programmer-producer Nathaniel Motte. Foreman says a few questionable lyrics were a result of the duo unleashing their ire at their ex-girlfriends after difficult breakups.