While everyone is a buzz about Miley Cyrus and the "Twerk" craze in EDM culture, most of the public have no idea (and maybe not even Miley herself) where it comes from. Twerking is just one aspect of Bounce, an up-tempo, call and response type of hip-hop that originated in New Orleans. At the forefront of this movement is Big Freedia, the undisputed Queen of Bounce. She has been taking her dazzling performance, including her Twerk team, called The Divas, on the road tirelessly for the past three years. In addition to all over the US, Big Freedia has brought the twerk, the clap, the wobble, the bend over, and the bounce to Australia, Brasil, England, and France.
She has been taking her dazzling performance, including her Twerk team, called The Divas, on the road tirelessly for the past three years. In addition to all over the US, Big Freedia has brought the twerk, the clap, the wobble, the bend over, and the bounce to Australia, Brasil, England, and France.
Fuse TV caught up with Big Freedia to see her thoughts little Miss Cyrus' attempt:
What did you think of Miley's performance?
She was going too far. She's trying to twerk, but don't know how to twerk. It's become offensive to a lot of people who've been twerking and shaking their asses for years, especially in the black culture. But it's also helpful because it's putting twerking on the map around the world. I've been transforming twerking for the last three years around the world and for her to just come out of the blue and just start twerking, a lot of people are very offended by it, especially in New Orleans. When something get hot, everybody want to jump on the bandwagon and act like they created it. That's totally understandable but they have to give credit where credit is due.
Were you personally offended or just found it offensive in general?
In general; not to me. She may be familiar with me, but she don't know I'm the Queen of Twerking. But it's offensive to black culture and black women who've been twerking for years. Every time we do something, people want to snatch it and run with it and put their name on it. And they still don't even have the moves down yet. Just get me and Miley together so I could give her ass some lessons.
You used the phrase "trying to twerk" instead of "twerk."
Yeah. When you have my dancers, they're professionals. They're from New Orleans and know what they're doing . When they started dancing, it was original twerking. Miley's dancers were prop dancers. None of them were professional dancers. So yeah, she was trying to twerk.
What specifically about the dance did she do wrong?
For one thing, we have a dance in bounce music called "exercising" where you just open your legs and shake your butt a little bit from side to side. It was that part she did in front of Robin Thicke, but she still didn't even get that right because she didn't have any butt control. She needs more practice.
You can read the full interview on Fuse here.