- The Washington Times - Friday, October 7, 2016

A group of progressive activists from the group Humanity for Hillary has created a viral video of its recent “Pantsuit Power” flashmob in New York City’s Union Square.

It has only taken three days for 2.2 million people to watch activists dance to Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” on behalf of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. An event last Sunday to “counter false narratives” about the candidate was organized and a professional edit was uploaded to Facebook within 48 hours.

“Partners & Filmmakers Mia Lidofsky and Celia Rowlson-Hall and hundreds of dancers made this insanely beautiful blast of PURE JOY! We cried. It’s amazing. Share, share, share!” the group wrote.

Mrs. Rowlson-Hall, who has worked on HBO’s “Girls” series starring Lena Dunham, told the Washington Post on Friday that the effort was made to “bring some kind of humanity” to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign because “humanity and love and humor tend to get lost” during election season.

The event required 170 dancers — one with a shirt reading “The Future is Female” — but only a few hours of rehearsals. Some of the moves, like a raised fist, are meant to pay tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement, while others knelt in solidarity with NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest.

“We were terrified we’d get shut down by the cops,” Ms. Lidofsky told the newspaper. “We really hope [Hillary Clinton] saw this, and felt the love.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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