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Alfonso Ribeiro Denounces 'The Carlton,' Doesn't Like Being Asked To Dance As A Black Man

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Some actors have starred as characters that go on to become so iconic in pop culture that fans find it almost impossible to separate the role from the real-life person. From Jaleel White as Steve Urkel to Phylicia Rashad as Clair Huxtable, history has shown that it sometimes can be both a gift and a curse to be the fan-favorite.

For actor Alfonso Ribeiro, the role of Carlton Banks that he played on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air for six seasons still gets him recognition from fans of the iconic sitcom, particularly those who love his now-iconic dance known as “The Carlton.”

However, not only does Ribeiro detest the viral dance but also highlighted the racial undertones of randomly asking a Black man to dance.


While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! recently (seen above), the America’s Funniest Home Videos host was very clear on his dislike for how popular “The Carlton” has gotten, telling the titular late-night host, “I don’t have a love for it like [fans] do.” He went on to elaborate by revealing that he gets asked to do the dance every day that he steps out the house, which admittedly can get annoying. “If I go anywhere, I just randomly hear people [screaming], ‘Do the dance!,'” he stated, going on to add, “and you’re like, ‘I’m not dancing for you — I’m a Black guy, I’m just not dancing for you.'”

It can be assumed that his last point is in reference to the days of minstrel shows and blackface, which unfortunately associated the history of tap dance with racism. Alfonso could also be looking to avoid being the center of a race debate, which he found himself in not too long ago when he stated that his interracial marriage is the reason that he’s not accepted by the Black community.


While we all wouldn’t mind getting an in-person performance from an actor that played an iconic character, there can definitely be something said about respecting a person’s space and privacy. Let us know what you think: does Alfonso Ribeiro have a point or is it just a simple dance?






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See the Stars of Bel-Air Do Their Best "Carlton Dance"

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Bel-Air's new emmy magazine photo shoot. See the Peacock stars do their best "Carlton dance" in a behind-the-scenes video.

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Now this is a story...all about the Bel-Air cast's first magazine cover!

E! News can exclusively reveal a first look at emmy magazine's February cover with the stars of Peacock's reimagined take on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The pics and above video feature co-stars Jabari Banks, Olly Sholotan, Cassandra Freeman, Adrian Holmes, Jimmy Akingbola, Coco Jones and Akira Akbar giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at their high-fashion photo shoot and dishing on giving the classic sitcom a dramatic twist.

"We're able to show a lot of the darker sides of the characters," Holmes, who plays Uncle Phil, revealed. Banks, who plays a modern day version of Will Smith's character, added, "We have the opportunity now to speak on a lot of things that kind of got swept under the rug."

Bel-Air's new Aunt Viv, played by Freeman, promised fans will "see Easter eggs from the original" comedy, but will the 2022 version of Carlton, played by Sholotan, ever break out Alfonso Ribeiro's hilariously classic Fresh Prince dance moves?


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"Do I do the Carlton dance? Let's just say I studied dance for a lot of years," Sholotan said, teasing, "You'll just have to tune in to find out. "

Check out the video to see the co-stars do their best "Carlton dance" and scroll through the photos gallery below for all the first look images. The February issue of emmy magazine hit's stands Friday, Feb. 25.

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Fortnite stole a dance from an actor.

Turk and 2 Milly have already suffered like this

Following Turk from The Clinic and rapper 2 Milly, another black artist accused Fortnite of stealing intellectual property. Alfonso Ribeiro, the actor of the popular US sitcom The Prince of Bel-Air, sued the developers of the game and 2K Games. And while accusations of theft fly against game designers, not everyone understands whether it is possible to register the rights to dance movements at all.

In the currently very popular and profitable game Fortnite, one of the features is the ability to take a break from the endless firefights and relax with the help of dance. Gamers can choose their favorite moves and buy them with real money. Developers are constantly rolling out new versions of dances, but sometimes it happens that they turn out to be nothing new. Several artists have already stated that the movements were copied from their old performances without permission. And given that the game monetizes dancing, such actions turn from innocent imitation into copyright infringement. nine0003

The wave of dance discontent was started by actor Donald Faison, who played Turk in "Scrubs". At the Vulture Film Festival in Los Angeles on November 17, a reunion of all the artists of the cult series took place, writes IGN. There, fans asked Donald to perform his famous dance to the song Poison by Bell Biv DeVoe. But the actor refused and gave an exhaustive explanation of his unwillingness.

If you want to see the dance again, play Fortnite. Because they stole it. nine0003

I haven't received any money... I know that's what you're thinking, right? Someone got paid. No. No, not to me. Someone just stole this shit and it doesn't belong to me anymore.

And indeed, if you compare the movements of Turk and the Fortnite character, you can see their almost complete similarity.

Donald Faison only spoke sharply against the developers and decided to stop there. But the next victim of the "theft" did not waste time on trifles and sued the creators of Fortnite. Rapper 2 Milly said that his movements were also stolen: the Swipe it dance in the game completely repeats the dance of the musician from the 2013 Milly Rock video, writes The Verge. nine0003

Now 2 Milly is trying to trademark her dance. He hired a lawyer for this, but US law does not give dance moves any special status. However, the rapper does not give up in the fight for justice.

They didn't even ask me for permission. It's good that I have David Heckt [lawyer] and his team to prove them [developers] wrong.

This is what 2 Milly's moves he's suing looks like.

And here is the Swipe It dance from Fortnite.

But the story of Fortnite stealing from black artists does not end there. On December 17, another actor accused the creators of the game of dishonest behavior and said he was suing them. It turned out that the developers stole the movements of the star of the sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" Alfonso Ribeiro, writes TMZ. In early January, the shooter introduced a new dance called Fresh emote, but it turned out to be not fresh at all. Back in the 90s, it was performed by the character Carlton Banks in one of the Prince series. nine0003

The artist filed almost the same lawsuit as 2 Milly and also said he was in the process of obtaining copyright for his pirouettes.

In the meantime, the guys are suing the developers, the latter tactfully keep silent every time the media contact them for a comment. In September, Insider, inspired by Fortnite cases, independently conducted a study on the theft of dances in video games. The correspondents talked with a lawyer who specializes in copyright cases. He said US law does not provide for a special status for dance pirouettes. So it is not yet known how the trials of the robbed artists will end. nine0003

And this is not the first time that gamers (and not only) have some questions for Fortnite developers. Those already had to make excuses for the swastika, which was discovered in the game by a Reddit user. The guy just wanted to craft a metal dance floor, but because of a bug, he accidentally started building the Third Reich.

But no matter how many accusations fly against Fortnite, children cannot stop playing. Host Jimmy Kimmel challenged the parents of young gamers and asked them to turn off the TVs at a time when the children were playing with might and main in the shooting game. Do not rush to think that this is a boring task: after this, adults had to listen to wild tantrums, and someone even got a couple of blows. nine0003

Alfonso Ribeiro -

For articles of the same name, see Ribeiro.

Alfonso Ribeiro is an American-born actor, director and producer. in New York (USA). He is best known for his role as Carlton in the series The Prince of Bel Air .


  • 1 Biography
    • 1.1 Career
    • 1.2 Privacy
  • 2 Filmography nine0062
  • 2.1 Actor
  • 2.2 Director
  • 2.3 TV presenter
  • 3 links
  • 4 External links
  • biography

    Alfonso Ribeiro was born in New York in the Bronx area, the son of Michael Ribeiro and Joy De Leon). His parents are from Trinidad and Tobago.


    His career started at the age of 8. He rose to prominence in 1983 when he performed in the musical The Tap Dance Kid on Broadway, where he received favorable reviews for her performance and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award. nine0003

    In 1984, Alfonso appeared with Michael Jackson as a dancer in a Pepsi TV commercial. In the same year and until 1987, he played in the series Ricky ou la Belle Vie .

    In 1985, appeared under his own name in an MTV advertisement promoting his book Alfonso's breakin' & poppin' . He also had a small role in Magnum Season 7 Episode 1.

    His most notable role is Carlton Banks, one of the main characters in The Prince of Bel Air from 1990 to 1996. He plays Cousin Will Smith there. He is the director of several series. He is best known for his dance (La Danse à la Carlton) to the Tom Jones song, It's Not Uncommon. Monday TMZ also reports that Ribeiro is deciding to sue Take-Two Interactive and Epic Games after using their famous dance in NBA 2K and Fortnite games without consent. His lawyer, David Hecht, will add, “ Epic Games has made a lot of profits from the game’s downloadable content, which includes emotes like “Fresh. ” However, Epic Games did not offer compensation or even ask permission from Mr. Ribeiro to use this dance, which is his intellectual property" . At a hearing in California Federal Court, the copyright claim was denied on the grounds that this choreographed piece was actually just Simple Three Step Dance . This is not enough to protect copyright.

    During Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, Alfonso appeared in a Democratic Party video: Yes We Can .

    Since 2008, Alfonso has hosted Catch 21 on the Game Show Network. nine0003

    He also directed various episodes of Meet the Browns .

    In he participates in " I'm a celebrity...Get me out of here!" 13 on ITV. After 19 days of adventuring, he was eliminated along with Rebecca Adlington.

    On he is participating in Dancing with the Stars 19 on ABC. After 10 weeks of competition, he won a game on in front of reality TV star Sadie Robertson and actress Janelle Parrish. nine0003

    Private life

    Alfonso Ribeiro married Robin Stapler in 2002. in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable disputes. They have joint custody of their daughter Sienna Ribeiro. Alfonso was engaged to Angela Unkrich and they married on the 13th. . They reside in Los Angeles. At , they greet a boy named Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro Jr. At , they welcome their second child, a boy named Anders Rein Ribeiro. At , they welcome their third child, a girl named Ava Sue Ribeiro.

    He is a basketball fan and supports the Orlando Magic in the NBA.



    • 1980: Oi Willy (TV series)
    • 1982: Ricky ou la Belle Vie ( Silver Spoons ) (TV series): Alphonso Spears (1984-1987)
    • 1984: Billie Jean (Street) (Pepsi TV commercial with The Jackson Brothers)
    • 1986: Magnum (TV series): Kenny (season 7, episodes 1 and 2)
    • 1987: Mighty Pawns (TV): Frank
    • 1988: Home Sweet Homeless (TV): Buddy
    • 1989: A Matter of Conscience (TV): Danny
    • 1989: On the Edge (TV Movie): Jessie
    • 1990 - 1996 : Le Prince de Bel-Air (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) (TV series)
    • 1993: Ticks ( Infested ) (video): Darrell 'Panic' Lumley
    • 1996: Kidz in the Wood (en) (TV)
    • 1997: Extreme Ghostbusters (TV series): Roland Jackson (voice)
    • 2004 : Seek and hide (video): D- p Grown
    • 2005: Lovewrecked : Brent Hernandez
    • 2006 : Rocky Balboa : friend of Maxon "The Line" Dixon
    • 2011: Things We Do for Love (TV Series): Darren
    • 2012: Big Time Rush (TV series): Carlton Banks (guest artist)


    • 1990: Le Prince de Bel-Air ( The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ) (TV series)
    • 1995: In the house (TV series)
    • 2012: Things We Do for Love (TV series)

    TV Animator

    • 2007: Dancing with the Stars
    • Since 2008: Catch 21.
    • 2014: Dancing with the Stars : member
    • 2018 & 2019: Dancing with Stars: Exceptional Judge (replacing Bruno Tonioli)


    1. ↑ Alfonso Ribeiro Facts, information, photos | articles on Alfonso Ribeiro
    2. ↑ Interview with Alfonso Ribeiro, Alfonso Ribeiro interview, Catch 21, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air nine0066
    3. ↑ Actor profile,
    4. ↑ Alfonso's promotional book Breakin' & poppin',
    5. ↑ Kevin Boucher, " USA: Dancing with the Stars: Winner Alfonso Ribeiro ("Prince of Bel-Air ") ", on, Puremédias , (accessed 1 September 2020 ) .
    6. ↑ Fresh Prince Star Alfonso Ribeiro Gets Divorced,, Published October 8, 2006 nine0066

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