What in the name of Elmo, Barney and all things Sweet Baby Jesus sacred is going on with this world when a mother and a father and a grip of scantily-clad, grown ass women all come together as one to stand a 6-year-old boy in front of a camera and film him rapping a song called “Booty Pop” while barely covered adult female donks are shaking in his baby face?
You read that right: YouTube is ablaze with a video of a 6-year-old child—aspiring South Florida rapper Albert Roundtree, Jr.—debuting a song in which he promises, “I can make your booty pop, booty pop, booty pop, boo-booty pop!” What’s worse: there are at least a half dozen women, all dressed in cheap bikinis and a face full of dime store make-up, twisting and twirling and whipping their weaves and dropping it like it’s hot, literally, in this child’s face. While he playfully squirts water on their bodies with a water gun shaped like a man’s private parts. For the entire world to see. With, seemingly, absolutely no regard for the fact that they’re doing club ho moves and simulating ejaculation—with a smile!—in a video for a first-grader so young his baby lisp makes it hard for anyone to understand anything he’s saying.
Can someone—anyone—please explain to me how in the pedophile hell something like this not only happens, but ends up on the internet for the whole of the world to see? Can someone—anyone—please explain to me where this child’s mother and father were when this was going on, and why it didn’t occur to either one of them that maybe, just maybe, it’s not ever a good idea to turn your son into a 6-year-old version of Uncle Luke, replete with Luke Dancers? Can someone—anyone—please explain to me just how little dignity you’d have to have to be one of an entire grip of women who could co-sign this ratchetness by proudly, giddily, waking up in the morning and saying, “Why yes, I’d LOVE to pop my ass in front of a first grader today!”
I Googled this video and the kid: I’ve found no evidence of his parents receiving a visit from child services. But forreal, forreal? Authorities should be involved. I’d go get the mother and the father first. Then I’d send someone for all the video hoes. And the film director. And the cameraman. The producers. The production company. And anyone else who was involved in this foolishness.
Think I’m taking it too far? Consider this: what if that was a 6-year-old girl in the pool, surrounded by a bunch of scantily clad men with penises slinging in her face while she simulated ejaculation and said, over and over again, “I can make your booty pop”? Would we find it cute or funny then? Would anybody who even remotely cares about that child or her well-being let this stand? Approve? Applaud?
Clearly, Dance Moms and The Kardashians got folks all twisted on how to raise kids, what it takes to help them into the spotlight and when too much is just, well, too much. Or maybe the Mayans were right about 2012: “Booty Pop” might just be the sign of the coming apocalypse. #EPICfail (My blog friend Evelyn Alvarez spotted this video for MyBrownBaby; you can catch “Booty Pop” over at WorldStarHipHop. I refuse to run child porn on this here site.)
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