As you may or may not know, the Queen Diva Big Freedia was scheduled to perform her show on Friday night at the The Dollar Box Showroom, a venue in Hattiesburg Mississippi. However, the performance was cancelled for “violating Mississippi codes.”
Club owner Ben Shemper said that roughly two weeks ago, he got a phone call from a State Alcohol Beverage Control officer who said that based on YouTube videos of past Big Freedia performances, he felt the show would be in violation of Mississippi codes.
“The word gyrating was in there,” Shemper said. “He made it sound like it was some kind of strip show or whatever.”
Shemper said that because maintaining a respectful relationship with Alcohol Beverage Control is essential to his business, he canceled the show.
It was also reported that Freedia’s co-manager, Reid Martin, said that when Shemper notified him of the show’s cancellation, he called the ABC for an explanation, and spoke to an officer who said that he’d seen things in YouTube videos that “he believed were illegal in a place that serves alcohol in Mississippi.”
Big Freedia spoke about the cancellation while appearing at the New Orleans public library the day after. She remarked: “It’s sad that the fans in Mississippi could not get to see me,” and went on to discuss the possibility of her involvement with Beyoncé‘s “Formation” has anything to do with it.
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