Hulu has announced their new original documentary Freaknik: The Wildest Party Never Told and it has several generations shook.
Freaknik: The Wildest Party Never Told recounts the rise and fall of a small Atlanta HBCU picnic that exploded into an influential street party and spotlighted ATL as a major cultural stage. That asks, “Can the magic of Freaknik be brought back 40 years later?”
Highlighting the rise and fall of Freaknik, viewers will learn about the Atlanta-based picnic transformed into an infamous Spring Break block party in the 1990s helped cement Atlanta as a cultural hub. But it also became known as a rager full of college kids and NSFW antics.
As news released, Gen Xers become nervous if they’ll appear in old footage collected for Hulu’s upcoming documentary of them fully embracing the Freaknik antics as young adults. In one viral video, a TikTok user named Tina started her video by saying, “We might be in trouble.”
“I’ve been to several Freakniks — ’94 was one that I attended — so I’m just praying that Jesus be a fence. I’m praying that Jesus will be a big, tall privacy fence,” she joked.
“If you see your girl in the documentary, hey man, at least all my clothes are on,” she said. “That’s the best I got. Y’all, they ’bout to put our business out in the street. Some of us might be on TV, so get your parental controls together.”
Another TikTok user named Tammie noted in a separate video, Gen X is known as “the generation of no receipts” because they did not have social media and the internet didn’t launch until the early 1990s.
“We didn’t ask for this. We don’t want an exposé,” she said, adding that Gen X is not “the TikTok generation.”
In a comment to Insider, Tammie added she’s surprised Gen X will be showcased in the documentary because they tend to be “overlooked or pretty much forgotten in conversations.” However, she’s not worried about anyone she knows appearing in the footage.
“Freaknik was a long time ago and we were young just trying to have fun. But lord have mercy, the ’90s were crazy because all of us latchkey kids were suddenly adults chronologically after kind of raising ourselves,” Tammie told Insider.
“Freaknik was a bit of a reflection of that,” she added.
Millennials and Gen Z are eager to see if their parents or family members will be featured in the collected footage, while others wonder if the documentary will highlight on the dark side of the event, including instances of crime and sexual assault.
Nika Watkins, a woman who attended Freaknik from 1995 to 1997, told Complex sexual harassment was a common theme at the festival. “Walking thru Lenox Square might cause you to get violated — your ass smacked or a boob grabbed. I don’t want to say all dudes were like that, but there were some overly aggressive hounds lurking around down there,” she told the outlet in April 2013. “I heard stories about women being raped which is really upsetting to hear about. That’s really sad to me that things went that far.”
A release date for “Freaknik: The Wildest Party Never Told” has not been set by Hulu.