Twerking is something which has penetrated the zeitgeist and we all do our best to ignore, yet a recent The Postal Service tour of America’s Pacific north-west has made that a good deal harder as the opening act, trans hip hop artist Big Freedia, performs her twerk-fest act in front of a bewildered hipster crowd.
If you’re struggling to find the connection between a twerking, blinged-out rapper and the nerdy charm of Postal Service, you’re not alone. Whereas Postal Service choose to talk about love, loss and the inability to cope, Big Freedia sings about various sex acts in songs like Ass Everywhere while being accompanied by a team of dancers twerking their hearts out.
Fans have taken to social media in droves to express their bewilderment at the line up, some even expressing straight up disapproval. And it wasn’t just punters getting irritated – The Vancouver Sun gave a fairly damning report of the situation:
“[Patrons] drank to forget the sight of her three dancers spending the whole show bent over spread-legged and jiggling their considerable assets non-stop in a ceaseless bump (no grind)…
“It’s not beyond the realm of possibility that it is all an elaborate joke.”
Big Freedia (pronounced “Freeda”) is the stage name of Freddie Ross, a New Orleans rapper credited with popularising the genre of hip hop known as “bounce”.
In an interview with The Seattle Times, Postal Service main man Ben Gibbard explained Freedia is a big part of the show, as he is not only a fan of the music but appreciates the incongruity of their acts. Gibbard confessed, “I love Big Freedia’s music and I’m really excited to see how people react to it.”
It’s safe to say he got his reaction. Check out some of the social media angst below.
Watch: Big Freedia – Y’all Get Back Now
Twerk Team Postal Service style. https://t.co/uMdB3S6TGW
— Joshua Baez (@joshbaezmusic) July 19, 2013
Twerk team getting it to a song called "Ass Everywhere". FYI we are at a Postal Service concert. pic.twitter.com/UGx05QrD40
— Loho (@Loho) July 22, 2013