Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘WAP’ has had its fair share of remixes since it dropped with that iconic music video. But there are none that have sent quite a shiver down my spine than Andrew Lloyd Webber resharing a ‘Phantom of the WAP-era’ on his TikTok.
Which is why I regret to inform you that TikTok is officially over.
British composer – the man behind the ever-chaotic Cats and, yes, The Phantom of the Opera – shared a video to his TikTok, of him wholeheartedly vibing to the melodramatic WAP remix.
@officialalwPhantom of the WAPera ft. the man himself – TeamALW ##phantom ##cardib ##mashup ##music ##theatre ##remix♬ phantom of the wapera – pescatarian_mama_
On one hand, I love that ALW is having the time of his 72 year old life thanks to ‘WAP’, but I’m also slightly terrified that he’s made his way to (and is 100% thriving on) TikTok.
The internet lost its collective mind over the chaotic clip, with one Twitter user writing our collective response: “ban TikTok immediately”.
phantom of the WAPera, when i tell u I CRAVE DEATH
— G 🧜🏾♀️ (@oneofthosefaces) August 28, 2020
idk why but the idea of ALW listening to WAP makes me uncomfortable
— biscooti cookie (@Abbykl1) August 28, 2020
It’s weird and kinda wholesome – the thought that ALW (who looks like many an old geezer) listened and kinda vibes to WAP and its many remixes.
Many others were also conflicted because the remix is actually, low-key, kinda of a bop.
…Actually, I wanted to know where that beat was going to because it was kind of fire
— Rooting for Everybody Black 💁🏾♀️ (@blktinabelcher) August 28, 2020
i think he’s onto smth pic.twitter.com/ZHlFSmapDB
— ✨💕🥺💕✨ (@rennisaint1) August 29, 2020
The original remix came from the genius of another TikTok user, @pescatarian_mama_.
♬ phantom of the wapera – pescatarian_mama_
So, yeah, Andrew Lloyd Webber dancing (or, at least, attempting) to ‘WAP’ is kind of freaky but the remix actually kinda slaps.
And, tbh, I’m just glad he didn’t actually do the choreo. The guy could’ve really hurt himself (I know I have).
I literally don’t care about TikTok itself at all, but if anyone claims this isn’t pure art then they’re wrong
— John // BLM (@Apollo9898) August 28, 2020
Can’t wait for post-lockdown club nights where all we hear is ‘WAP’ remixes. Ready to bust out the moves I’ve picked up in iso.
Images: TikTok (@andrewlloydwebber), Instagram (@iamcardib)