'You About To Lose Yo Job' has become an internet anthem against police brutality

'You About To Lose Yo Job' has become an internet anthem against police brutality
The name of the woman in the video remains unknown, but she has created an Instagram account under the username @getthisdance.Screenshot/Twitter; @getthisdance/Instagram
  • An unsourced clip of an altercation between a woman and law enforcement went viral this week.
  • In the clip, the woman is seen asserting her right to know why she's being detained by police.
  • The woman then breaks into song and dance, causing the officer to crack a reluctant smile.
  • The woman in the video appears to have identified herself via her Instagram account.

Not all heroes wear capes. Case in point: The mysterious, handcuffed woman who captured the internet's heart this week when a minute-long clip of her being detained by police went viral. In the video, which has not been verified as real, an officer holds onto her arm while she playfully ribs and questions him.

"I don't wanna be detained for no goddamn reason," the woman is seen asking the officer. "Yeah, that's how the f-ck I act, naturally. Ask anybody who know me."

The officer responds, mildly: "What you in school for?"

"The fuck are you talking about?" the woman replies. "Why are you detaining me? You about to lose yo job."

Taking the officer's silence as an invitation to reiterate her word of warning, the woman then turned "you about to lose yo job" into a freestyle rap.


"You about to lose your job," she repeats to an imaginary beat, twerking. "Get this dance. You about to lose your job 'cause you are detaining me for nothing."

The woman, who remains unidentified outside of her Instagram handle (@getthisdance), even managed to get the officer who was restraining her to reluctantly crack a smile. Near the end of the video, he is seen turning away from the camera.

The video began to gain traction on Twitter on June 3.

By the following day, multiple covers and covers of the woman's spontaneous riff had been created — each one more danceable than the next. As Twitter user @KC_in_NYC pointed out in response to the deluge of remixes, "Amidst all the chaos, craziness and crying, Black people have always been able to find a way to inject humor - and music - into the situation. It's probably what has kept us sane through all these years."

The most popular remix, at the moment, is "Lose Yo Job," a collaboration between DJ iMarkkeyz and DJ Suede.

iMarkkeyz is best known for creating Cardi B's "Coronavirus" remix. Along with the remix, the pair dropped an accompanying video that weaves together clips of the original police encounter, Beyonce's Coachella performance, Bobby Shmurda's "Hot N***a" music video, and Childish Gambino's "This Is America" music video. As the video jumps from clip to clip, the mugshots of the officers who were involved in the killing of George Floyd in police custody on May 25 scroll by. Above their heads, the word "charged" is typed in red.


Another remix, made by blogger and "music lover" Random J, was uploaded the following day.

"Obviously I had to put a beat on this," he wrote.

The clip has inspired a dance challenge, too.

Multiple women (and even a few children!) are doing the #youabouttoloseyourjobchallenge on Instagram and TikTok.

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On Twitter, some worried the woman wouldn't be credited or compensated for the success of the song's remixes.

Others worried about whether she might be in jail or need financial assistance to cover legal fees after the police encounter. The woman did not immediately respond to Insider for comment on what occurred after she appeared to be detained.

These concerns speak to a broader conversation about the importance of properly recognizing and paying people of color, and especially black people, for their ideas and work. In recent years, calls to grant reparations for black Americans have grown louder, online and offline.

In her Instagram bio, the "lose yo job girl" provides her Venmo and Cashapp handles, should anyone wish to send her a tip or a show of support.


Now, the phrase "you about to lose yo job" has become a political slogan.

For those hoping to vote President Donald Trump out of office in November, "you about to lose yo job" is the perfect rallying cry.