Monday, November 17, 2014

The African American Sources Of Bring It On (2000 & 2006) Movies Cheers

Edited by Azizi Powell

This is Part II of a two part series on "Bring It On" cheers.

Part II provides text examples of two cheers from the first "Bring It On" movie- "U. G. L. Y.", "Brr It's Cold In Here", and one cheer from the third "Bring It On" movie ("Bring It On: All Or Nothing" - "Introduce Yourself." This post also mentions "Shabooya Roll Call", another very popular cheer from "Bring It On: All Or Nothing". In addition, Part II provides information and examples of those cheers' African American sources, as well as video clips from the "Bring It On All Or Nothing" movie.

Click for Part I of this series. The purpose of Part I is to document in part the cultural impact of "Bring It On" cheerleader movies specifically with regard to their inclusion of African American originated cheers and their use of modified forms of African American cheer performance styles.

These posts aren't meant to be an endorsement or a promotion of the "Bring It On" movie series. On the contrary, I have serious concerns about those movies' reliance on stereotypical depictions of African Americans, Latinas, those movies' stereotypical references to gays, and those movies' use of profanity.

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"Bring It On" is the title or part of the title of five American produced teenage cheerleader movies. The first movie in that series, produced in 2000, is often highly acclaimed in the teenage cheerleader movie genre And, according to a 2008 Wall Street Journal article that is cited in "Bring It On"'s Wikipedia page, "Outside of the United States, American-style cheerleading is sometimes referred to as Bring It On-style cheerleading." However, "Bring It On" style cheers are either exact versions of or modified versions of certain African American cheers, rhymes, or chants or are patterned after those African American originated cheers, rhymes, or chants.

Furthermore, the hip shaking, stomping movements that often accompany the performance of "Bring It On" style cheers are attempts to duplicate, or exaggerate or otherwise modify the performance styles of those American originated cheers, rhymes, or chants.

Examples of three cheers from the first "Bring It On" cheer movie and their African American sources follow.

"U.G.L.Y." is an example of a dissing (insulting), confrontational cheer. Some versions of that rhyme also include the self-bragging verse "C.U.T.I.E".

The U.G.L.Y cheer was performed by the characters Daphne and Celeste on the soundtrack of the 2000 "Bring It On" cheerleader movie. These lyrics are found on a number of websites, including A brief snippent of U.G.L.Y. is heard in the beginning of "Bring It On"'s version of "Brr It's Cold In Here". A video of that movie clip is given below in the segment on the "Brr It's Cold In Here" chant.

Another version of U-G-L-Y was recorded in 1985 by Fishbone. The lyrics to that version are also found on a number of websites, including ://

An example of the U.G.L.Y. cheer was also included in the 1986 American movie "Wildcats". Here's a clip of that scene:

U.G.L.Y. You ain't got no aliby, you're ugly!

jennifercarey7033, Uploaded on May 11, 2006
A hilarious scene from the 1986 movie "Wildcats" with Goldie Hawn.
In that movie an urban school's African American cheerleading squad chanted the cheer during a football game.

In 2006, Guest Spain, a contributor to the "I'm Rubber. You're Glue: Children's Rhymes" thread of the online folk music forum Mudcat wrote "I heard the "ugly" chant in Boston in various summer camps in the late [19]70s. I've always assumed its even older than that".

In 2003 I collected a version of U.G.L.Y from Janell, an African American woman from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Janell told me that her predominately African American high school's cheerleaders chanted this rhyme before it was featured in that 1986 Wildcat movie. Here's Janell's example and one other example of that cheer:
U-G-L-Y (Version #1)
You ain’t got no alibi
You're ugly
What? What?
You’re ugly.

That is how you got that way
Your Momma yeah yeah
Your Momma
-Janell H (African American woman), from her memories of high school cheerleader cheers in Pittsburgh,PA in the mid to late 1980s; collected by Azizi Powell in 2003

U-G-L-Y (Version #2)
You don't have an alibi.
Yea Yea.You UGLY.

How you think you got that way
Yea Yea. YO MAMA.

You don't even know that guy.
Yea Yea. YO DADDY.

Don't you wish you looked like me.
Yea Yea I'm CUTE
-Coach Kasey; 8/25/2006

Although I can't proof that this cheer originated with African Americans, the cheer's use of African American Vernacular English (i.e. "yo" -in the context of this example- means "your), its confrontational, self-bragging content, and the fact that the media chose Black characters to perform that cheer points to its African American roots.

Brr It's Cold In Here
A summary of the 2000 movie "Bring It On" that is found on summarizes the plot of that movie as "A champion high school cheerleading squad discovers its previous captain stole all their best routines from an inner-city school and must scramble to compete at this year's championships."
-end of quote-
"Inner-city" is a euphemism for "African American".
"Brr It's Cold In Here" was the cheer that revealed that those Toros routines were stolen from the Clovers. Here's a transcription of that cheer from the DVD of that movie:

[The Toros version]
"Ready girls?"
I said brr it’s cold in here
I said there must be Toros in the atmosphere
I said brr it’s cold in here
I said there must be Toros in the atmosphere
I said OEOEO ice ice ice
I said OEOEO ice ice ice

[Clover version]
"Do your thing Isis!"
I said brr it’s cold in here
There must be some Clovers in the atmosphere
I said brr it’s cold in here
There must be some Clovers in the atmosphere
I said OEOEO ice ice ice
Slow it down
OEOEO ice ice ice
Here we go
Source: Bring It On Cheers
"Isis" is the captain of the Clovers cheerleader squad.
Here's a video of that scene from that movie:

Brr It's Cold In Here 2000

Posted by flaco258 — January 14, 2009
Translated from Spanish to standard English = "This is the video in which the Clovers do the chant that they stole from the Toros.

What is ironical (although it might have been purposely done) is that rippin off Black cultural cheers and chants is appears to be a key feature in a number of the "Bring It On" cheerleader movies.
"Ooh it's cold in here" is a line from a signature chant of the historically Black (African American) Greek letter fraternity Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Several APHIA chants include the words "oooh it's cold in here"; "ice ice ice, too cold too cold", and "ice ice baby". Those APHIA chants were performed before the 2000 Bring It On movie and before the 1989 hit song "Ice Ice Baby" by White American rapper Vanilla Ice (with its "ice ice baby/too cold too cold" refrain).

And the "O E O E O" phrase (which is also given as "owee owee o" and similarly spelled words) that are often found in examples of "Brr It's Cold In Here" are from the 1984 R&B song "Jungle Love" by Morris Day & The Times. Click for text (words) to the Alpha fraternities "Ice Ice Too Cold Too Cold" chant and a video of that chant.

Introduce Yourself
"Introduce Yourself" is an introduction style foot stomping cheer. A video of that cheer from the 2006 "Bring It On: All Or Nothing" movie is featured in Part I of this cocojams series. Here's the words to that cheer from "Memorable quotes for Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006)"
Britney: Hey Amber.
Amber: Hey what?
Everybody: Introduce yourself!
Amber: No way!
Everybody: Introduce yourself!
Amber: Ok... 1,2,3,4,5,
my name is Amber and I say "hi".
6,7,8,9,10, back it up and meet my friend.
Hey Winnie!
Winnie: Hey what?
Everybody: Introduce yourself!
Winnie: No way!
Everybody: Introduce yourself.
Winnie: Ok. 1,2,3,4,5,
my name is Winnie and I say "hi".
6,7,8,9,10, back it up and meet my friend.
Hey Britney.
Britney: Hey what?
Everybody: Introduce yourself!
Britney: No way.
Everybody: Introduce yourself!
Britney: Ok.
Sha boo ya, sha sha sha boo ya, roll call.
My name is Britney. I cheer so strong.
And when I shake it,
you better bring it on.
Sha boo ya, sha sha sha boo ya, break it down now.
Sierra: I'm Sierra! And...
[Sierra quits when she realized they've stopped]
This is a modified example of the "Introduce Yourself" cheer. The "shabooya" line is lifted from the cheer by that name that Britney observed being performed by two African American cheerleaders and one Latina cheerleader earlier in that movie. Here's a video of that cheer:

Bring It on: Shabooya Roll Call

Angel Arrieta, Published on Jun 9, 2013
shabooya roll cal from bring it on all or nothing
[no copyright infringement]
As shown in that movie, the performance of that cheer is an exaggerated form of the African American originated performance arts of "stomp and shake" cheerleading and "foot stomps"/"stepping".

intro youself

tanngax24Uploaded on Oct 9, 2006
bring it on -snip- Notice that there's no stomping and very little hip shaking in this modified performance of "Introduce Yourself".
"Shabooya Roll Call" is a very popular cheer that was performed earlier in that "Bring It On:All Or Nothing" movie. The earliest example of "Shabooya Roll Call" that I have found is in Spike Lee's 1996 movie "Get On The Bus". Click for a pancocojams post on Shabooya Roll Call that includes the text of that "Get On The Bus" version of that chant as well as the text of "Bring It On: All Or Nothing's version of that cheer. That post also includes comments about the correct structural and rhyming pattern for "Shabooya Roll Call" cheers.

Here's a version of "Introduce Yourself" that I collected from my daughter in the mid 1980s:
Group: Hey, Shaquala!
Soloist #1: Yo! *
Group: Innn-TRO-duce yourself. **
Soloist #1: No way.
Group: Innn-TRO-duce yourself. **
Soloist #1: Okay.
My name is Shaquala.
Group: Hey! Hey!
Soloist #1:They call me Quala.
Group: Hey! Hey!
Soloist #1: My sign is Aries.
Group: Hey! Hey!
Soloist #1: I like to dance.
Group: Hey! Hey!
Soloist #1: I wanna be a dancer for the rest of my life.
-T.M.P.; Pittsburgh, PA mid. 1980s; transcribed from audio tape by Azizi Powell, 1997
Repeat the entire cheer from the beginning with the next soloist. Each soloist substitutes her first name or nickname and provides information in the same categories such as her first name, her nickname, her astrological sun sign, what she likes to do. The cheer continues from the beginning until every member of the group has had one turn as soloist.

* When the African American interjection "Yo!" was dropped from usage in the late 1980s, the soloist's part was changed to “What?”; These words were spoken in a scornful "what are you botherin me for" tone, and not in a questioning manner.
** The word "introduce" was elongated so that it was pronounced "innn-TRO-duce".

It appears that many cheers that were chanted in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (and elsewhere) in the 1980s and 1990s are no longer chanted -and may not even be remembered. However, in 2006 I collected this example of "Introduce Yourself" from an African American girl who lives in the same neighborhood of Pittsburgh that my daughter lived in (and where I still live):

Introduce yourself
to shy
introduce yourself
I try
my name (say your name)
I cheer for (say who you cheer for)
my sign is (say your sign)
and when I'm up I'm hot stuff
And when I'm down don't mess around
and when I'm me don't scream or shout
or you'll get knocked out!
-De'ajaih; (African American girl; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), collected by Azizi Powell, 5/16/2006

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