A “bounce” concert slated for Feb. 19 at the Dollar Box Showroom in Hattiesburg, Miss. was shut down due to anticipated twerking.
Bounce music is an underground style of hip-hop that originated in New Orleans in the 1980s. Twerk is defined as a “dance to popular music in sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance” in the Oxford Dictionary.
The state’s Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) called the owner of the venue and threatened to fine him and shut down the business if he allowed Big Freedia, the bounce queen, to perform. Mississippi’s ABC has strict rules against the intersection of adult entertainment and liquor.
Freedia was outraged his show was compared to adult entertainment and wrote on his Facebook page,”This is some twerkloose bullshit,” according to the Guardian.
“Even though we do ass shaking, it’s the culture of bounce music. I didn’t know twerking violated anybody’s amendments. Our right is to be who we want to be and dance in a manner that we want to,” Freedia told the Guardian.
Big Freedia now plans on performing at the Dollar Box Showroom March 25, in a performance called Big Freedia’s Twerkloose-First International National Twerk Day. There are no reports if that show will also be canceled.
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