HATTIESBURG, MISSISSIPPI — An illegal twerking incident was avoided when a Hattiesburg, Mississippi club owner decided to cancel a Big Freedia concert scheduled for Feb. 12.
Big Freedia is a hip-hop artist and reality TV star who has performed in the state of Mississippi several times without incident.
Ben Schemper, owner of The Dollar Box Showroom, where Big Freedia's concert was supposed to be held, was contacted by the Mississippi Alcohol Beverage Control, who thought the extreme twerking might break laws they have against serving liquor at events where the performance is sexualized.
Officials raised concerns after watching YouTube videos of Big Freedia concerts taking place elsewhere.
Schemper decided to cancel the show since he would be the one held responsible for the illegal twerking, had it taken place.
Schemper told the Jackson Free Press that he felt like he and Big Freedia were being discriminated against, since he claims to be the only Jew in town and she's a flamboyant, black crossdressing gay man.
After comparing the decision to the movie "Footloose," where an entire town is banned from dancing, the Dollar Box Showroom rescheduled the event and called it "Twerkloose: the First National International Twerk Day."