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Big Freedia At The Henry Fonda Theater, Saturday October 20th 2012

Saturday night at the Henry Fonda was queer queen night, gay diva soiree, or I am not sure what it was actually: Big Freedia was opening for Peaches, and what a combination! If Peaches focuses on boobs, Big Freedia is an ass man,… girl, I am not sure either,… I read he, she is a transgender? Whatever I will go with 'she' because it seems to be the case everywhere, but I don’t believe it for a minute!


Big Freedia gives a totally unusual show, totally not my taste, but this is beyond the point, it’s just plain weird, but not weird enough to be fascinating. First, the songs are totally, err freestyle bounce rap during which Big Freedia repeatedly yells the same words with her deep deep voice, while a bunch of girls frenetically move their ass in front of the audience. Are you serious, I was thinking about a few minutes, is it gonna be like this for an hour? All the songs seemed to have the same house-rap beat, and Big Freedia repeated ‘asszz everywhere, asszz everywhere’ at least a thousand times while the dancers, buttocks way up, were sweating their ass off to stay on the same subject. Actually it appeared that this ass-shaking was not that easy to do, since when Big Freedia asked people from the crowd to join them on stage, very few could reproduce the move, and I am not even talking about the white guys, but no surprise there.


Big Freedia couldn’t stop haranguing her ass-dancers, and she looked like a tireless cheerleader-in chief, even slapping them on the buttock, and I wanted to kill myself as her voice was piercing my brain like a strident jackhammer that would never stop its nervous breakdown. It is not that the character wasn't likeable, because she certainly was in her own peculiar way, but I couldn’t find any interest into this incessant ass shaking non-sense. Oh yeah, I recognized some sample among all this, Beyonce and curiously Bill Haley’s 'Rock Around the Clock' which started a song, but then went back into this irritating skull-shaking broken-record where very little singing was involved.


What is that actually? If you begin to see things differently, it may work, after all these dances weren’t very far away from traditional African dancing, it was just more focused on… asses, and had a more rap delivery, but there was this let’s-having-fun, let’s have a party, let’s forget everything, let’s succumb to this careless abandon, it’s Saturday night.


Big Freedia had a lot of success with girls and some individuals with a more ambiguous sexuality, again no surprise! But look at her in the picture, a 'she', really? No way, this guy has just found a way to have a safe access to all these female derrieres.

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