Scrubs was one of the finest sitcoms of the 21st century. A consistently funny, often genuinely moving medical comedy that was full of wit, charm, and heart. God, I love Scrubs.
Some might say the popular battle royale Fortnite is the Scrubs of the video game world. I’m not sure who would say that, to be honest, because they’d be wrong. Someone might though.
Anyway, as you’re probably all too aware (because there’s no escaping it), one of the dance-emotes in Fortnite is modelled after Donald Faison’s Turk, and his own particular brand of smooth moves.
If you’re not familiar with the dance I’m referring to, check it out in all its glory below.
While you might think Fortnite developer epic games shamelessly stole this fancy footwork from Turk for the game, it turns out they actually reached out to Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence, who gave them the green light, according to Vulture.
This revelation comes from an event that happened over the weekend, reuniting the Scrubs cast and crew. Unfortunately, Faison himself was clearly less forgiving that the battle royale took his sweet moves.
Speaking about the iconic dance during a panel, Faison declined to perform it for the audience, after being encouraged to do so by his fellow cast members, saying that they can play Fortnite instead if they really want to see it.
If you want to see it, you can play Fortnite, because they jacked that sh**!
Of course, while Faison might only have been joking, other performers have previously spoken out against Epic Games’ approach to creating dance-emotes.
Rapper 2 Milly recently accused Epic of stealing his dance for an emote, telling CBS that they crossed the line when they decided to sell his moves in-game for money.
They actually sell that particular move. It’s for purchase. That’s when I really was like … oh nah, this can’t go on too long.
Chance the Rapper has also previously chimed in on the discussion, accusing Epic of taking from black creatives and making money of off those creations without sharing the revenue with the original artist.
Fortnite should put the actual rap songs behind the dances that make so much money as Emotes. Black creatives created and popularized these dances but never monetized them. Imagine the money people are spending on these Emotes being shared with the artists that made them
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) July 13, 2018
It’ll be interesting to see if Fortnite’s use of other performer’s dances and moves will ever come to a head for Epic Games in the future.
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Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.