7-Yr Old Boy’s “Booty-Pop” Video Gets Nearly a Million Views In One Week: Disturbing or Satire?
by Dr. Boyce Watkins, KultureKritic.com
Tyler Council could be considered to be “the man,” for his most recent achievement, but he probably doesn’t feel that way. Council is the mind behind the video “Booty Pop” by 7-year old Albert Roundtree Jr. The boy who doesn’t yet know how to divide and multiply certainly knows how to take the measurements of a grown woman, as he spits lyrics about doing things to women that I didn’t learn till I was in graduate school. Even more interesting is that the video starts with the little boy shooting off a Super Soaker water gun at the women, an obvious play on the “Super soak that hoe” terminology used by Soulja Boy in his hit song back in 2008.
Of course, my initial reaction to the video was to vomit on my own shoes, especially since I’d just had a conversation in Russia with Susan Taylor (the former editor of Essence) about how hard it is to mentor young boys who are being influenced by the negative imagery of commercialized hip hop culture. Telling a little boy that the best thing he can aspire to be is a “n***a in Paris” doesn’t exactly set the bar for success. Given that the “Booty Pop” video was independently produced and distributed on Youtube, we can’t blame this on the powerful white boys on top – white folks have taught us how to fish, so we are glad to produce our own self-destructive ignorance.
Council seems frustrated that the rest of the world simply didn’t get the joke. The video has over 14,000 “dislikes” on Youtube, and people were flaming mad about the image of a little boy dancing in the middle of a pack of grown women. The fact that the second-coming of Luke Skywalker dropped his lyrics on top of a smooth nursery rhyme makes you want to pick up the phone for the suicide hotline: ”Hello Hotline?…..I have an entire community on the line that is trying to commit genocide against themselves, what do I do?”
The truth is that I hear what Mr. Council is trying to say, sort of. I am not sure if he, or the parents of Tyler, deserve the public backlash that they’ve been receiving. One can, however, make the argument that this video might actually represent a form of child p*********y. If we were to make a video of a little girl surrounded by men shaking their penises at her, the police would be on their front door. The fact that Tyler’s parents haven’t removed the video as of the time of this writing says that they might actually enjoy the attention. It’s not easy to get a million views on Youtube without doing something so creatively ignorant.
Another concern I have is the thought of Tyler’s friends in second grade watching the video, marveling at the little boy’s newfound fame, and learning at an early age that rapping about “popping booties” is the key to success. I’m sure that the seductively cool nursery rhyme, “I can make your booty pop” is now a schoolyard favorite during recess, and the little black boys in Tyler’s class are now fully informed that the objectification of women is both acceptable and applauded by the rest of us.
In a community where we could just as easily push our young people to the highest levels of math and science by the age of 7, we instead have them memorizing derogatory hip-hop lyrics about smoking blunts, getting drunk every weekend, having s*x with any girl who wants it and going to prison with tear drop tattoos. Rather than producing captains of industry, entrepreneurship and production, we all too often produce the people who stand in line for a week to spend $200 on a pair of Air Yeezys. I no longer marvel at the skill of 7-year old rappers; instead, I get excited about 7-year olds who speak three languages, do Calculus or start their own businesses. We are more than just entertainers and athletes, and our girls have value that goes beyond the “poppability” of their backsides.
The good news is that there are those who are smart enough to understand the destructive nature of the buffoonery, and we are raising our kids to rise above the ignorance. This video should never have been made, and the world is letting Tyler’s family know that this kind of thing is not cool or acceptable. Coonery is never cute or fun to watch from a highly-impressionable 7-year old, even if you’re trying to be funny.
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