Queen Latifah offers job to woman who danced to fame
CNATAIPEI -- An American woman who became world-famous after filming herself dancing to express her discontent with her working environment in Taiwan has been offered a job by U.S. talk show host Queen Latifah.
October 5, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
During an Oct. 3 interview with Marina Shifrin, whose video “An Interpretive Dance For My Boss Set To Kanye West's Gone” has drawn nearly 13 million views since it was uploaded to YouTube on Sept. 30, Latifah said she would consider hiring Shifrin.
“I want to be surrounded by cool, creative, interesting people,” Latifah said. “And with your experience, maybe I could create a position. What if I created something called digital content producer? You think that might be something you're interested in?”
“Are you doing a stand-up joke right now?” Shifrin responded.
The chat concluded in laughter, but according to NBC Chicago, Shifrin was invited to discuss opportunities backstage.
More job opportunities could be on the way, as Shifrin said on her Twitter feed that she is scheduled to chat with The Today Show hosts Matt Lauer and Carson Daly in New York.
During Shifrin's nearly 2-minute viral video, she is seen dancing in an empty office at 4:30 a.m.
According to Shifrin, the film explains her feelings about working at Next Media Animation, one of the largest 3D computer animation studios in Asia.
“For almost two years I've sacrificed my relationships, time and energy for this job,” the subtitle reads. “And my boss only cares about quantity and how many views each video gets,” she says in her video.
Just three days ago, the company responded with a parody film titled “An Interpretive Dance From Next Media Animation Set To Kanye West's Gone,” in which its employees also dance to portray what they see as a fair working environment.
That video has drawn 3 million YouTube views so far, which prompted the company to present yet another parody film that pokes fun at President Ma Ying-jeou by featuring him in the same setting.
Upon being informed of Shifrin's possible job offer, the company said it was happy for the 25-year-old, adding that some 60 job applicants have submitted their resumes for the position she vacated.