As a Guinness judge, sporting a jacket, tie and clipboard, looked on, the protagonist of the upcoming Fuse show Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, premiering October 2, ass-embled 358 dancers, ranging in age from 8 to 80, to twerk for two minutes straight. A Guinness judge said a minimum of 250 people were needed to set the record, a number easily broken by the swelling crowd.
Asked about what the record would mean to her, Big Freedia told Fuse, “It would open a lot of doors and set history for bounce music and let the world know that we’ve been twerking for a long time. This is not new at all. Now it’s time to set the record.”
Yes, Big Freedia is now a sanctioned World Record holder.
With hundreds of onlookers, two paramedics and Big Freedia’s mom watching, Freedia performed her hit “Excuse” before introducing the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD judge, who explained the surprisingly elaborate rules:
1. Body must remain upright, with movement concentrated in hips
2. Participants can put hands on knees or hips for support
3. Twerking action cannot comes from knees – hips only
4. Freestyling or additional choreography not permitted – no hands on the ground, feet in the air, twirling, etc.
5. Twerking action must be synchronized, can be at own pace
6. All participants must twerk simultaneously for two minutes when Big Freedia gives the signal
7. Any performers who do not participate fully for the entire two minutes will be deducted from the final total