Mama, we made it! Twerking has made it’s way all the way to the Guinness World Records.
According to reports, New Orleans artist Big Freedia, known as Queen Of Bounce, and 300 New Yorkers set a new world record in Herald Square today for the most people twerking at one time and in one location.
The Gothamist reports it “was a pretty positive and genuine moment” with a “crowd that brought together hip hop kids, well-dressed businessmen, over-eager tourists, and even a couple of gray-haired ladies who looked a lot like our moms.”
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Here’s exactly how it all went down:
The crowd at Herald Square was divided by barricades into twerkers and onlookers as participants were given a wristband, tallied by Guinness World Records staff (Big Freedia wasn’t fooling around here) and handed a flyer that outlined specific rules for what would qualify as an acceptable twerk. At this point people could be overheard saying “Have you been training for this?” and “Pace yourself, it’s a marathon not a sprint.” Crowds grew steadily until a quarter past noon, at which point everyone got what they came for…
Despite constant shameless plugging by Big Freedia for her new show on Fuse, and the inescapable jostling that comes with any big crowd, the actual moment of record-setting twerking was a pretty positive and genuine moment. After all, what’s wrong with a big crowd of people blasting hip hop and getting weird on a Wednesday afternoon?
After the booty-shaking fest was complete, representatives from Guinness presented Big Freedia with a framed certificate, confirming the new world record. (Does this call for a congratulations?)
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