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04/19/2007


The 'Chozen' Ones: Eight Real-Life Gay Rappers — VIDEOS

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In today's post-Seth MacFarlane world, one goes into each new animated show expecting a rapid-fire assault of low-brow, aggressively offensive humor, all in the name of "envelope pushing." So when FX announced Chozen, a new animated series starring SNL's Bobby Moynihan as the titular gay rapper fresh out of prison, it was easy to assume the character's sexuality was going to be the source of most of the humor.

ChozenAfter seeing the first five episodes (the first premieres tonight at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on FX), that's not exactly the case. Chozen's redemption story is definitely crass, but mostly due to his own arrested development, and not his sexual orientation. The show's still not very good (it doesn't quite have the heart of Bob's Burgers, nor the off-the-wall charms of Archer), but it's not nearly as terrible as the promos indicated. 

Don't be mistaken, the series won't be up for a GLAAD award any time soon. However, it was striking how at no point do any of Chozen's friends suggest Chozen's orientation (or his explicit lyrics) could prevent his success.

Then again, why would they? Gay rappers are nothing new. Blending sex and humor, they've got more skills than Chozen (and are often at least twice as funny).

Check out six of our favorite gay rappers' (mostly work-unfriendly) videos, AFTER THE JUMP

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What To Watch This Week on TV: Leslie Jordan joins 'Horror Story,' Big Freedia Bounces - VIDEO

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As the TV season gets into full swing, check out our new weekly guide to make sure you're catching the big premieres, crucial episodes and the stuff you won't admit you watch when no one's looking.

— American Horror Story: Coven gets an early jump on Halloween Wednesday at 10 p.m. Eastern on FX. If you thought the camp factor couldn't get any higher, don't miss Leslie Jordan joining the fun this week. (Catch up on last week's episode with our recap!)

More picks and clips, including Big Freedia's plans for a children's show, an SNL spooktacular and the return of the Atlanta Housewives, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Big Freedia Sets Guinness World Record for Twerking: VIDEO

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On Tuesday we reported that Big Freedia planned to set the Guinness World Record for most people twerking simultaneously at an event promoting her new FUSE show today in Herald Square.

She did it:

As a Guinness judge, sporting a jacket, tie and clipboard, looked on, the protagonist of the upcoming Fuse show Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, premiering October 2, ass-embled 358 dancers, ranging in age from 8 to 80, to twerk for two minutes straight. A Guinness judge said a minimum of 250 people were needed to set the record, a number easily broken by the swelling crowd.

Asked about what the record would mean to her, Big Freedia told Fuse, “It would open a lot of doors and set history for bounce music and let the world know that we’ve been twerking for a long time. This is not new at all. Now it’s time to set the record.”

Check out a couple Instagram clips from the event, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Big Freedia Plans World-Record Twerking Attempt and Your Butt Can Be a Part of It: VIDEO

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New Orleans Bounce queen Big Freedia plans to lead an attempt to get in the Guinness Book of World Records for most people twerking simultaneously in a stunt to promote her upcoming Fuse program Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, which premieres on October 2 and explores the underground world of the New Orleans hip hop scene known as “Bounce.”

The show follows Big Freedia as she preps for her first international tour, deals with her mother’s illness and finds a place in the extremely competitive world of hip hop. The docu-series will also co-star Mr. Ghetto, Sissy Nobby and Katey Red.

If you're interested in being part of the massive twerk, be in Herald Square on Wednesday at 12 pm.

Take a look at some previews for the show and an interview with Big Freedia,
AFTER THE JUMP...

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RuPaul and Big Freedia Spread Some 'Peanut Butter': VIDEO

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RuPaul's new video for "Peanut Butter" hit the web this afternoon featuring a special rap from Big Freedia.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1284

NO PANTS SUBWAY RIDE: Improv Everywhere on the 12th annual event.

THEY CAN EXPLAIN: A supercut.

LET GAYS GIVE: A plea for blood donation reform.

BIG FREEDIA: The Queen Diva.

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