Remind me to never sing and drive in Montreal, because I’ll definitely be getting a ticket.
You’ve probably heard a little ditty called Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) by C+C Music Factory at least once in ya life. It was real big in the ’90s and it’s mad catchy. It still bangs, tbh.
No one knows this better than Taoufik Moalla, who recently landed himself in some hot water over the song.
Moalla was driving along singing the ’90s chart-topper in September when he heard sirens behind him. When he pulled over, four (!) police officers came up and asked if he’d been screaming. No, he said, just singing along.
Unfortunately for Moalla, the cops were NOT into his performance: They gave him a $149 ticket for causing a public disturbance VIA SCREAMING.
“I don’t think it was too loud, I was happy, I was in a good mood and I was just repeating the refrain,” Moalla told The Canadian Press.
Dude is a quote machine, first off. Also, I don’t wanna live in a world where I can’t sing along to songs at the top of my lungs. He’s contesting the ticket, obviously.
Boy, do I wish I could be the reporter who got to interview the officers for the story on the incident. Questions I’d ask: Have you ever actually listened to Everybody Dance Now? Are you really going to assert that you’ve never sang-screamed this chorus, or any other chorus, while operating a vehicle? Do you hate happiness?
I feel for Moalla, truly. This very easily could have been me. The car is my stage. Exhibit A:
Hope everyone stuck next to me in traffic on 12A five minutes ago enjoyed my impassioned performance of “Hungry Eyes”
— Amanda E. Newman (@AmandaENewman) September 22, 2017