Mississippi bounce concert shut down over fears of twerking

Big Freedia's show in Hattiesburg, Mississippi was cancelled because sexualized entertainment where liquor is served to customers is not allowed in Mississippi.

    2016/02/24

NSFW    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."
Big Freedia, 35, is famous for her stage performances, which includes lots of booty shaking. FACEBOOK / BIG FREEDIA
Big Freedia, 35, is famous for her stage performances, which includes lots of booty shaking. FACEBOOK / BIG FREEDIA
She apologized to her fans about the show being cancelled via social media. FACEBOOK / BIG FREEDIA
She apologized to her fans about the show being cancelled via social media. FACEBOOK / BIG FREEDIA
Big Freedia made these shirts in response to the cancellation. FACEBOOK / BIG FREEDIA
Big Freedia made these shirts in response to the cancellation. FACEBOOK / BIG FREEDIA
The show has been rescheduled for March 25, according to the venue's Facebook page. FACEBOOK / DOLLAR BOX SHOWROOM
The show has been rescheduled for March 25, according to the venue's Facebook page. FACEBOOK / DOLLAR BOX SHOWROOM
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