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Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)

Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)
All photos: Laura June Kirsch

Twerking. In the future, it will be used as currency. It will be a tool used to combat world hunger. Twerking will be used to broker peace deals. It will end poverty. In these early days of Twerk Mania, it's hard to understand what it will become, especially given very few of us understand it. That's because, to the uninitiated, the chatter surrounding Twerking only recently got loud enough for them to hear, and much of that chatter has been ill-informed.

See also: Big Freedia Will Attempt to Set a Guinness Record for Twerking in Herald Square Today

In short: Forget Miley. To hear the Truth About Twerking you need to tilt your ear toward the Queen Diva Big Freedia, an OG New Orleans bounce artist who arrived at mid-town Manhattan's Herald Square yesterday to set a Guinness World Record of twerkers twerking simultaneously, and shift the Twerk focus back to where it Twerk belongs: Squarely on her shoulders. We've got a slideshow gallery of yesterday's record setting event, which was done in part to promote Freedia's upcoming reality show, Queen of Bounce, which premieres Oct. 2 on Fuse. But those photos may require further explanation. If you need to know what the hell it is you're looking at, we're here to help.

Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)

This is Big Freedia, the Queen Diva. ("EXCUSE!") She is a New Orleans-based Bounce artist (sometimes referred to as "Sissy Bounce") with songs that have appropriate twerk titles like "Azz Everywhere" and "Y'all Get Back Now." The New Orleans Bounce scene can best be explored by visiting the website of the Where That At Nola project, a joint venture from our good friend and photographer Aubrey Edwards and New Orleans Times-Picayune writer Alison Fensterstock.. They started WTA in 2010 (back when Miley Cyrus looked like this), and tweking and the bounce scene date some 15 years prior. That site is your best thorough Bounce resource, but Big Freedia has offered quick tutorials of the scene for various outlets over the years. Or, uh, you can see Diplo--largely responsible for Twerking's explosion into the mainstream--explore the Bounce genre here.

And now, some Twerking...

See also: Grading the Twerkers at Big Freedia's Record-Setting Twerk-A-Thon (in GIFs)

Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)
Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)
Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)
Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)
Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)

 

Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)

After performing "Excuse!" and trying to encourage more possible-twerkers to participate in the World Record setting Twerk-A-Thon, Freedia handed over the mic to a sharp dressed man named Charlie from the Guinness Book to explain the official rules of the event. Twerk participants were to keep their hands on their knees at all times. "No hands on the ankles or ground," Charlie told the crowd to a smattering of boos. This means virtually everyone in our Gif-roundup of Twerkers probably should have been disqualified. Big Freedia, serious about getting the record, made sure everyone paid attention to the rules.

Then the countdown to the history making Twerk-A-Thon began...

Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)
Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)
Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)

 

Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)

After "two minutes of continuous twerking" with the assembled crowd, Big Freedia performed another song, "Duffy," with her dancers while Guinness judges conferred about whether or not a record had been set. One of the girls in the crowd had on what can only be considered the world's greatest half-shirt, boldly displaying the eloquent words of known poet Robert Sylvester Kelly. On the front it read "MY MIND'S TELLING ME NOOOOO." And on the back: "BUT MY BODY. MY BODY'S TELLING ME YEAAHESS!" During "Duffy" she lived up to the shirt by hopping on stage with Freedia and twerking like no one has ever twerked.

Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)
All photos: Laura June Kirsch
Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)

After "Duffy," Charlie arrived back on stage and happily announced that, indeed, a Guinness World Record for Twerking had been set, with 350 participants twerking simultaneously for two minutes straight.

Big Freedia receiving her Guinness World Record certificate.
Big Freedia receiving her Guinness World Record certificate.

The crowd let out an exuberant cheer, and Big Freedia introduced her mother, who she'd flown out to witness the historic occasion. When a chant started--"TWERK! TWERK! TWERK! TWERK!"--encouraging Freedia's mother to get in on the action, the Queen Diva stepped in. "She ain't twerkin' today, y'all."

She was the only one.

Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)
Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)
Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)
Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)
Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)
Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)
Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)
Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)
Big Freedia's Guinness World Record Twerk-A-Thon Explained (NSFW)

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