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We’ve Got To Do Better: Parent’s Fund Explicit “Booty Pop” Music Video For Their 6 Year Old Son In Hopes Of Getting A Record Deal
As I sit here and watch this video, not only am I thoroughly disgusted, extremely uncomfortable and unexplainably confused I am also fighting off the urge to track down this young mans parents and do physical harm to them. Really, I kid you not.
I was reluctant to watch this video because I just knew that it would be full of foolery, coonish behavior but after receiving 6 emails with the same video attached I decided to watch against my better judgment. I should have went with my better judgment…
The music video for the song “Booty Pop” features a rapping 6 year old Albert Roundtree, Jr.“chilling” in a pool full of half naked women dancing and gyrating their private parts in this young boys face and that’s not even the worst part of the video. While the young boy’s parents were careful in making sure he did not use any profane language, the young boy can still be heard referring to himself “superman”. Excuse me but…what?
While the outrage and controversy related to the video continues to be a hot topic the video’s creator Tyler Council, says that people are getting the wrong idea about the video and that we simply “don’t get it”. According to Council, the video was supposedly created as a “send-up” or “PSA” to show the ridiculousness of the videos that are produced by major artists and the possible messages that they are sending to the younger generation. Council agrees that the video is a tad bit provocative but insists that he was created a mere spoof of all of the “all that waka-flaka foolishness on the radio”. But his quest to clear his name doesn’t end there as he shares that he was, in fact, approached by the boy’s parents to create a video to go along with the song that was reportedly written by the 6 year old.
The Sun-Sentinel reports:
When Albert’s parents first presented him with “Booty Pop,” Council said he had the same “what the hell?” reaction. Council said he’s not in a position to turn down income (How much? “Peanuts, man. That’s all I’ll say.”) but immediately saw the video as a good-time pool barbecue scene with people of all ages in the background, a la Will Smith’s “Summertime.”
On the day the video was shot in a community pool in Lauderhill, Council said, gray skies kept swimmers away, putting more emphasis than he had hoped on Albert and the women shown in the video.
Council said he just returned from doing camera work in Nigeria on a film called “Dr. Bello,” starring Isaiah Washington and Vivica A. Fox, about a cancer specialist dealing with the trauma of losing his 10-year-old daughter to cancer. He’s also working on Albert’s next video for a song called “Girls, Girls, Girls.”
He hasn’t begun thinking about what approach he’ll take on the new video, but hopes the Internet attention over his current work is redirected.
Council continues on to suggest that we, as concerned viewers and some with children, are focusing our attention on the wrong “issues” and should not be concerned about a 6 year old boy [who should be in someone’s classroom learning the proper way to add and subtract in addition] having grown women shaking their birth canals in his face and instead should be more concerned about issues that matter like healthcare reform, Andy Griffith passing on and of course…his skills as a director and videographer.
“ ‘Booty Pop’ is more important than Andy Griffith dying, and Obama getting healthcare passed by the Supreme Court?” he said. “People are fighting the wrong fight. There are a lot more important things to worry about.”
Regardless of his intentions, the fact remains that he directed the video knowing the controversy and concerns that would arise from the concept and should therefore be willing to take one for the team and admit that he made a bad call. PSA or not, the video is inappropriate and Council along with the parents who okayed the final product should be ashamed of themselves.