A wannabe pop star has faced backlash online after she called a Target employee a “racist” for calling the police as part of her “flash mob” that showed up uninvited at a store and began filming a dance video .
Baby Storme, an internet personality who released a song titled “This City Is A Graveyard,” posted videos on YouTube and X titled “Racist Target Employee Calls The Police On Us For Dancing.”
In the video, Baby Storme, who posts Los Angeles as her hometown on social media, and about a dozen other people in goth-inspired costumes begin a slow dance while walking down an aisle at a Target whose exact location is undetermined definitely could.
As the large group, mostly women, dance to the song, a store clerk can be seen blocking the camera’s view, apparently trying to stop the spectacle.
“We have to call the police,” the employee is heard to say.
The video then shows a store employee explaining to the group that they pose a “safety risk” – prompting shouts of protest from the dancers.
“Hey, if we all just start and take multiple people, they can’t block everyone,” one of the dancers commented.
The participants then continue singing and dancing down the aisle while a security guard in a yellow jacket follows with his back to the camera.
At one point, they form a large circle and hold hands while Baby Storme struts through the middle.
Towards the end of the clip, the large group can be seen leaving the store.
“I was so excited that we were able to film a quick flash mob at Target,” Baby Storme wrote in the description of the YouTube video of the incident, which she posted Sunday.
“But before we even walked through the door, this employee called the police because we were on the property.”
“First he said we couldn’t film,” she wrote.
“But when we stopped filming, he kicked us out anyway, saying we were a ‘security breach’ and the police were on their way.”
“So we made the best of what we could.”
Baby Storme added, “I couldn’t even remember the dance I came up with.”
“For me, that moment was one that I really can’t describe,” she wrote.
“I tried to keep it all together but all I could focus on was all the beautiful brown faces I could bring together.”
“That was able to show solidarity today. That’s all I stand for,” she wrote.
But the reaction on social media was devastating.
“Girls, I like your music, but as someone who also works in retail, if you show up in the last few minutes of the store opening, we need to get people out of the store quickly so we can get everything sorted out in those last few minutes. ” wrote one commenter on YouTube.
“Also, I don’t know much about flash mobs (I don’t know) but I took a minor in audio and film and you need permit forms to film because you’re on their property,” the commenter added.
“I wouldn’t call that racist because they’re just trying to do their job.”
Another commenter wrote: “It’s not racist to call the police because you’re getting in the way of people in a damn store. It’s so obvious that you want to advertise it.”
“It’s not cool to invade workplaces and make life harder for employees than it needs to be,” added another commenter.
The post reached out to Baby Storme and Target for comment.