One of the dance emotes in Fortnite is modeled after actor Donald Faison’s smooth moves from the TV show Scrubs where he dances to the song “Poison.” During an event this weekend, Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence said someone, presumably from Epic, reached out to him to ask if they could use Faison’s “choreography” in the video game, according to Vulture. Apparently, Lawrence gave them the green light.
Faison revealed during the panel that he created the Poison dance very quickly after showing up late to set the day they filmed the scene for the episode “My Half Acre.” The audience and some of Faison’s castmates called on Faison to do the dance on stage, but a salty-sounding Faison said, “If you want to see it, you can play Fortnite, because they jacked that sh**!”
Whether or not Faison takes any action against Epic for Fortnite’s use of his Poison dance remains to be seen. We’ve contacted Epic to see if they have any comment.
Rapper 2 Milly recently accused Epic of stealing his dance for a Fortnite emote. He told GameSpot sister site CBS News that Epic crossed the line when it decided to sell the dance emote for real money. “They actually sell that particular move. It’s for purchase,” 2 Milly said. “That’s when I really was like … oh nah, this can’t go on too long.”
Chance the Rapper also said he takes issue with Fortnite’s use of the dances in the battle royale game. “Black creatives created and popularized these dances but never monetized them. Imagine the money people are spending on these emotes being shared with the artists that made them,” he said back in July.
Fortnite should put the actual rap songs behind the dances that make so much money as Emotes. Black creatives created and popularized these dances but never monetized them. Imagine the money people are spending on these Emotes being shared with the artists that made them
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) July 13, 2018
In other Fortnite news, the game’s next big update comes out on Tuesday, November 20. Keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest.