I can only imagine the looks splayed across faces in middle America last night when Big Freedia — the high priestess of New Orleans bounce music — made his/her network television debut last night, performing “Excuse” and “Na Who Mad” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. There was a$s everywhere, shaking violently and suggestively, as it appeared that Freedia brought a busload of pals with freakish booty-bouncing skills from Nola to compliment the performance.
What’s the over/under on how many workplace water-cooler conversations today are going to start with, “Did you see Jimmy Kimmel’s show last night?” and end with “WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?!” It’d have to be pretty high, I think. After being birthed in ramshackle bars in the seventh ward and Bywater areas of New Orleans, Big Freedia was presented to America last night on a big stage, and it will never be the same.
Up top is the performance of “Excuse,” and below is “Na Who Mad.”