"White Suburban Minstrelsy": The Holderness family goes for Drake, Adele and Silentó in new Thanksgiving video | Music
Music
INDY Week's music blog

Archives | RSS

Thursday, November 19, 2015

"White Suburban Minstrelsy": The Holderness family goes for Drake, Adele and Silentó in new Thanksgiving video

Posted by on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 3:47 PM

click to enlarge SAVE US FROM THANKSGIVING! AND OURSELVES!
  • Save us from Thanksgiving! And ourselves!
The artistic death spiral of America’s most inexplicable show-business family—the Raleigh-based, four-person Holderness clan—continues apace with the latest viral-video plea for relevance, this morning's clumsily titled “Ultimate Thanksgiving Mashup: Hello, Hotline Bling, and Nae Nae, Holderness Family Style.”

It’s the group’s second annual Thanksgiving offering, echoing 2014’s Meghan Trainor-inspired “It’s All About That Baste,” which charmingly spoofed the patriarchal nature of our most family-themed holiday. This year’s entry, however, features mom Kim gyrating (sexily?) with a glass of “Chardo-nae-nae” (ouch), plus a cheap jello joke at Adele’s expense (Hello?) and the 4,987th lame, awful “Hotline Bling” parody.
click to enlarge KIM HOLDERNESS, NO LONGER ALL ABOUT THAT BASTE
  • Kim Holderness, no longer all about that baste


The Holderness’ penchant for white suburban minstrelsy—that is, the geeky acting out of African-American song-and-dance styles by a white family drowning in their own wholesome privileged opulence—has now reached the point of grindingly offensive annoyance. To wit, their riff on Silentó’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae”) features former local newsdude and dad Penn wackily waving a turkey leg around his expansive grounds while mocking the “stanky leg” dance. It is especially grotesque, as if the fancy folks up in the big house are partying while mocking those foolish folks down in the poorest areas of Southeast Raleigh, a few miles away.

The Holderness crew jetted to fame after 2013’s pleasantly goofy “#XMAS JAMMIES." But it seems the family has really hit the creative skids after mixed reviews—and I’m being generous here—for the ill-conceived reality show The Holderness Family on the supposedly uplifting, totally struggling cable network Up (formerly GMC, or the Gospel Music Channel). Hell, Kim admitted they were already “in over their head” in a late 2014 column for Today.com, confessing that she and Penn, along with their collaborators (son Penn Charles and daughter Lola), could not handle the rigorous demands of running their own video-production and digital marketing business.

Creating a cute, silly video about Christmas that goes viral is one thing; maintaining a steady flow of quality digital content, along with a reality show co-starring your kids, is another. Although the Holderness’ initial attempt to portray themselves as on-a-shoestring boot-strappers was absurd from the start (the towering house in the background was always part of the we’re-just-fun-white-and-carefree joke), they had potential if the cornball, race-tinged mockery could be de-emphasized. But it remains their fallback position.

With this latest in a series of egregious duds, the window for the family to capitalize on momentary viral fame appears to be sliding shut. Maybe that’s best for all concerned, especially any future actual hitmakers. 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Pin It

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Music



Twitter Activity

Most Recent Comments

I'm so happy to see this collaboration, and this affordable way to attend both!

by Ruby Sinreich on Moogfest Announces Joint Pass with Art of Cool for 2017 Festivals (Music)

Though I know it isn't Redhat's fault she was late, I do think they could have handled the situation better. …

by mandeelion on Hopscotch, Night Two: Timing Tangles Erykah Badu and Young Thug (Music)

Most amazing times Catching you with old friends in Grayton Beach ...Kyle , Bouder ...and our dear lost love Kenny... …

by Milissa Hargrave Schang on Old Dog, New Grass: A Q-and-A with Mandolin Monarch Sam Bush (Music)

Would not miss this show at Ardmore Music Hall or any opportunity to catch Sam Bush ! So grateful he …

by Milissa Hargrave Schang on Old Dog, New Grass: A Q-and-A with Mandolin Monarch Sam Bush (Music)

Comments

I'm so happy to see this collaboration, and this affordable way to attend both!

by Ruby Sinreich on Moogfest Announces Joint Pass with Art of Cool for 2017 Festivals (Music)

Though I know it isn't Redhat's fault she was late, I do think they could have handled the situation better. …

by mandeelion on Hopscotch, Night Two: Timing Tangles Erykah Badu and Young Thug (Music)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation