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Justin Timberlake goes viral after ’embarrassing’ attempt at DC’s ‘Beat Ya Feet’ dance

Justin Timberlake was the subject of social media laughter and ridicule after his dance performance over the weekend in Washington DC fell short of expectations.

The 41-year-old singer and actor performed Saturday night at DC’s Something in the Water festival, the Beat Ya Feet dance, which has been a popular move in the nation’s capital for more than two decades.

But after video of the dance break made its way to social media, Timberlake was criticized by users for his poor performance, with one person joking that his dance was closer to the “hokey pokey” than Beat Ya Feet.

Execution Failed: Justin Timberlake, 41, was mercilessly goaded on social media last weekend for his attempt at the Beat Ya Feet dance at the Something in the Water festival in Washington, DC, on Saturday

Execution Failed: Justin Timberlake, 41, was mercilessly goaded on social media last weekend for his attempt at the Beat Ya Feet dance at the Something in the Water festival in Washington, DC, on Saturday

A fan who had a prime spot at the DC festival shared a video of Justin dancing on TikTok Sunday, captioned “CANT BELIEVE I SAW JT,” featuring a crying emoji.

“DC, make your move!” Timberlake appears to be screaming in the clip as he continues to show off his footwork, his face looking far from relaxed.

The dance is quite short and doesn’t have the more elaborate movies that many Beat Ya Feet dancers feature.

One person who caught the clip of Justin dance thought it was very similar to a classic kids dance.

“Justin Timberlake said ‘DC hit your feet’ and went on with the hokey pokey,” they joked.

Celebrities Meeting: A fan who had a prime spot at the DC festival shared a video of Justin dancing on TikTok on Sunday, captioned

Celebrities Meeting: A fan who had a prime spot at the DC festival shared a video of Justin dancing on TikTok on Sunday, captioned “CANT BELIEVE I SAW JT,” featuring a crying emoji

Exhausting him: 'DC, get yo' beat!'  Timberlake appears to be screaming in the clip as he continues to show off his footwork while his face looks far from relaxed

Exhausting him: ‘DC, get yo’ beat!’ Timberlake appears to be screaming in the clip as he continues to show off his footwork while his face looks far from relaxed

Other derisive tweets brought up his relationship with Britney Spears and his infamous Super Bowl halftime appearance with Janet Jackson, both of which have made a newfound subject of ridicule in recent years.

“I wonder if Janet and Britney ever text each other,” Saeed Jones mused in a quote tweet.

Kayleigh Donaldson joked that the underpowered moves belonged in a half-hearted Glee rendition.

Justin Timberlake completes his evolution into Mr. Schuster [sic] from Glee,” she wrote.

Embarrassing: But many fans were unimpressed by the performance, and one viewer joked that his leggy moves were more like the 'hokey pokey' than Beat Ya Feet

Embarrassing: But many fans were unimpressed by the performance, and one viewer joked that his leggy moves were more like the ‘hokey pokey’ than Beat Ya Feet

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Ouch: Other derisive tweets highlighted his relationship with Britney Spears and his infamous Super Bowl halftime appearance with Janet Jackson, both of which have made him a renewed subject of ridicule in recent years

Ouch: Other derisive tweets highlighted his relationship with Britney Spears and his infamous Super Bowl halftime appearance with Janet Jackson, both of which have made him a renewed subject of ridicule in recent years

Understated: Justin was dressed for his performance in an unusually casual look with a short-sleeved button-up shirt, green triangles and plaid patterns, along with khaki pants and chunky brown sneakers with red and yellow accents;  seen Saturday in Washington, DC

Understated: Justin was dressed for his performance in an unusually casual look with a short-sleeved button-up shirt, green triangles and plaid patterns, along with khaki pants and chunky brown sneakers with red and yellow accents; seen Saturday in Washington, DC

The former NSYNC member was also compared to other maligned men, including Chet Hanks.

“Justin Timberlake was just dancing on Something In The Water as Chet Hanks,” one user tweeted.

Another hilarious tweet compared him to a clumsy ‘vice principal’.

Justin Timberlake looks like a vice principal trying to dance in the hallway with his students talking about ‘what do you know about this’ #sitw [sic],’ They wrote.

One person who watched the clip said the Cry Me A River singer’s dance was “a cross between a black uncle at a cookout and Irish river dancing,” adding: “No, I won’t explain this further. ‘

Even the pop star’s outfit took a beating, with a tweet that read “Just got off work with Justin Timberlake?” Because the outfit is very much an IT specialist.’

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No fans: Some fans compared him to maligned figures like Chet Hanks or a nerdy vice president, while some even mocked his casual clothes and said he looked like an 'IT specialist'

No fans: Some fans compared him to maligned figures like Chet Hanks or a nerdy vice president, while some even mocked his casual clothes and said he looked like an ‘IT specialist’

Justin was dressed for his performance in an unusually casual look with a short sleeve button up shirt, green triangles and plaid patterns, along with khaki pants and chunky brown sneakers with red and yellow accents.

He took the dance break during what appeared to be an interlude to a performance of his 2006 single SexyBack.

According to KQEDthe Beat Ya Feet Dance originated in the late 1990s with Marvin ‘Slush’ Taylor in DC.

The dance is said to have evolved from the city’s go-go music, described as a “mix of relaxed funk, gospel, jazz, call and response, and Afro-Caribbean beats.”

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