Thanks to the valiant efforts of Mississippi’s Alcohol Beverage Control agency, the townspeople of Hattiesburg, Mississippi have been spared a dangerous scourge: drinking and twerking.
NOLA.com and The Guardian report that New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia—who recently appeared in the Beyoncé video Formation—had a show in the city cancelled after officials watched her videos on YouTube. The venue claimed that city officials warned them they’d shut down the show if they allowed the twerking to proceed as planned.
As The Guardian notes, the agency has begun to enforce rules governing venues that serve liquor more strictly; strip clubs can serve beer but not hard booze. Freedia’s show apparently ran afoul of state regulations due to the extreme levels of butt exposure, which—for reasons undoubtedly grounded in logic-based public policy and not racialized assumptions about twerking—shouldn’t be mixed with hard alcohol, according to city codes.
“You can’t wear a thong. You must keep the cleft of your buttocks covered. And you cannot simulate a sex act,” the agency’s head, Rusty Hanna, tells The Guardian.
“This is some twerkloose bullshit,” Freedia quite reasonably noted.
This video will allow you to judge the dangerousness of the activity for yourself.