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Big Freedia just set the twerking world record in New York City

On Wednesday afternoon, hundreds upon hundreds of people gathered in New York's Herald Square to witness, and help, set the Guinness World Record for "Most People Twerking Simultaneously". Yes, twerking.

Big Freedia just set the twerking world record in New York City

A fan with Big Freedia (right) holding the Guinness World Record certificate. (Photo via Instagram: @omri_rawrlan)
A fan with Big Freedia (right) holding the Guinness World Record certificate. (Photo via Instagram: @omri_rawrlan)

On Wednesday afternoon, hundreds upon hundreds of people gathered in New York’s Herald Square to witness, and help, set the Guinness World Record for “Most People Twerking Simultaneously”. Yes, twerking.

Big Freedia, famed New Orleans bounce recording artists and performer, ignited the campaign to promote the premiere of her new Fuse reality TV show that premieres on October 2. Exactly 358 dancers came together to twerk for exactly two minutes straight while the queen diva, Big Freedia, performed her bounce hit “Excuse.”

With an official Guinness World Record judge present, paramedics and an anxious crowd, Big Freedia and her twerk crew successfully set the official world record.

Before Freedia and company could begin their pop culture, record-breaking challenge, the Guinness World Record judge had to lay out the official 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 come 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

Here is some additional footage from Gawker's Dodge & Burn blog.

It should be noted that Big Freedia is not a big fan of Miley Cyrus' recent twerk antics. Freedia has been a pro-shaker for many, many years now. "She's trying to twerk, but don't know how to twerk," Freedia told Fuse. "It's become offensive to a lot of people who've been twerking and shaking their asses for years, especially in the black culture."

Gabrielle Bonghi Philly.com
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