California millennials were tweeting #nonono and expressing derisive dismay Thursday after U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez of Garden Grove did a “dab” move at the end of her debate Wednesday with fellow Democrat Kamala Harris.
Older generations asked: What’s a dab?
As NPR noted, “Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton made the move famous last year after he starting dabbing as his touchdown celebration. … The dance has its roots in Atlanta hip-hop culture, specifically with the group Migos and their 2015 song, ‘Look at My Dab.’ Despite some claims otherwise, it’s not related to drug culture (dabs also refer to concentrated doses of cannabis).”
The move became moot when it was mimicked by older public figures, including Hillary Clinton on the Ellen DeGeneres show. The Senate race also was further tipped after both current California senators endorsed Harris on Thursday.
Ironically, home viewers of the Los Angeles debate didn’t see Rep. Sanchez break out the move. They saw Attorney General Harris raise her eyebrows, laugh and say: “So, there’s a clear difference between the candidates in this race.”