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article imageVideo: Is this child abuse? Six-year-old boy raps about 'booty'

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By JohnThomas Didymus
Jul 8, 2012 in Entertainment
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Miami - A six-year-old Florida boy, Albert Roundtree Jr., aspiring to rap stardom, recently released a music video called "Booty Pop," in which he is shown shooting a water gun at scantily clad girls, promising to make their "booty pop, booty pop, booty pop..."
(YouTube warns: Video may contain inappropriate content for some users)
The video shows the little boy frolicking in a pool with two bikini-clad girls who are shaking their "booties" in his face to the beat. The boy raps about a night of "fun" with the girls, saying: "We can have some fun tonight because we both feeling right." To demonstrate what he means, he takes out a water gun, holds it at the level of his crotch, aims, then shoots water at one of the girls.
The online controversy over the sexually explicit video began when Vibe, an entertainment website, threatened to call child service, saying the video is "child abuse," and complained about "sexualization" of an underage person.
According to Vibe, a similar video showing "a six-year-old girl swimming in a sea of d**k soup would have resulted in a phone call to 'Benson and Stabler.'" The website comments: "Too often our children are over sexualized. We laugh and cheer when a little girl knows how to twerk it or when a boy imitates Breezy’s suggestive moves. But when they transition from too-cute child to almost-grown tween, we get scared. The things we casually laughed about before don’t seem so funny when they’re 16 and pregnant or knocking up their second baby mama before they reach their 20s."
Viewers on World Star Hip Hop, also expressed shock at video.
Gawker reports that scenes of half-nude women, "popping" their booties in the rapper's face has caused YouTube to flag the video for content. The video is now age restricted, meaning, ironically, that the rapper himself is not allowed to see it.
Tyler Council, director of the video and president of Froze-N-Time Productions, based in Oakland Park, told Miami News Times: "It's supposed to be a joke, but I'd say about 30 percent of the people watching it find it funny. But I still don't regret it."
Council explained that he was commissioned to do the video by the six-year-old boy's parents who hope their son would grow up into a rap star. He defended himself, saying, "they paid peanuts." Council said: "He's just trying to imitate his idols that he hears on the radio. There's no touching going on, there's no drug abuse."
According to Miami News Times, Council uploaded the video to Facebook on Monday and he says the video is close to a million views. Council said, "Especially on the Internet, negative publicity is the best."
Council said that Albert's parents were so pleased with the success of "Booty Pop" that they have already bought another video titled "Girls, Girls, Girls." Council, however, said that he hasn't started thinking about the next video because, "[Booty Pop] is destroying the Internet. His belly button is more important that Andy Griffith dying, and Obama getting the healthcare act past the Supreme Court. I think it's ridiculous."
According to Gawker, Council is unconcerned about those protesting the content of the video. He urges people to spread the word, saying it is the "music video to end all music videos."
But Gawker comments: "It may not end all music videos, but it could very well be the end of Froze-N-Time Productions."
That seems unlikely.
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