Big Freedia performs Big Freedia – Gin In My System, Big Freedia – Azz Everywhere and Big Freedia – Rock Around The Clock at Sassy’s Strip Club. (NSFW)
Rusty Lazer, Freedia’s DJ, had this to say:
This video marks a unique turn for people’s perception Freedia, who performs at and decorates a popular strip club called Little Darlin’s back in New Orleans, while also hosting family reunions, block parties and birthdays as well. Fans of Freedia are familiar with her role as an impromptu dance instructor, and many women and queer people credit her with creating “safe spaces” that allow for all kinds of sexual expression while encouraging respect from spectators and participants alike. This video takes that idea a step further, as Freedia encourages the dancers at Sassy’s to shake not for the customers specifically, but rather for their own pleasure and expression. The result is evident in the cheering and support of the crowd. In these three songs money rains on the stage (a necessary part of the work these girls do) despite the fact that the girls themselves rarely acknowledge the crowd. No longer performing “for” the men and women who are visiting the club, the energy of the room transcends the practical nature of “stripping as a profession” and illustrates that what works the best when trading sexuality for sustenance is a genuine expression of sexual joy. Happy people having fun and being a little dirty is simply more pleasurable (and in a workplace situation, more profitable) than performances that are designed to impersonate intimacy, but rarely are.
- Audio: Big Freedia – Gin In My System
- Audio: Big Freedia – Rock Around The Clock
- Audio: Big Freedia – Pussy Pop
- Audio: Big Freedia – Azz Everywhere