Y’all may have heard of the video in which a 6-year-old child, Albert Roundtree Jr., mused about his sexual capabilities while being flanked by half-naked adult women and the backlash it’s receiving. Well, apparently the child’s parents are gearing up for their baby to appear in a second video.
The director of the video is also speaking out on this foolishness, basically saying he doesn’t understand the problem of portraying yet another black boy as a mini-Mandingo that has nothing but sex on the brain:
“It’s supposed to be a joke, but I’d say about 30 percent of the people watching it find it funny,” admitted Tyler Council, president ofFroze-N-Time Productions, which is based in Oakland Park. “But I still don’t regret it.”
Council says he was commissioned to do the video by Albert’s parents, who hope their son becomes a rap star from it. They paid “peanuts”, he says without getting into dollar amounts, but he did the video because he needed a quick gig.
“He’s just trying to imitate his idols that he hears on the radio,” says Council of Albert. “There’s no touching going on, there’s no drug abuse.”
He uploaded the video to Facebook on Monday. It’s exploded since then, with Council expecting it will hit a million views by the end of the week. “Especially on the internet,” he says, “negative publicity is the best.”
But he doesn’t quite understand the fervor. His comedy video group, The Reel Idiots, makes “a whole lot of movies that are more vulgar and more offensive than ‘Booty Pop’.”
There’s good news: Albert’s parents already bought another video, and Council’s going to direct it.
Its title? “Girls, Girls, Girls”.
Council doesn’t know what that video will be like yet. “I haven’t had time to think about anything besides ‘Booty Pop’ because it’s destroying the internet,” he says. “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.”
Council adds that everybody in his production company is a veteran. He himself served in the Coast Guard. Says Council: “I guarantee people freaking out about ‘Booty Pop’ don’t have any idea how many soldiers died in Iraq last week.” (SOURCE)
The director told the New York Daily News that the video was in fact all for fun.
(As an aside, I do find it ironic that Miami News bypassed the most horrific nature of this video–the sexualization of a young black boy–and went after the easy target: the women in the video. Typical…)
When did it become fun to project negative, racist stereotypes onto unsuspecting black children, who aren’t even old enough to understand the harmful effects of these generalized assumptions, in the name of making a profit?
The problem with the video is simple: it’s yet another example of the overt sexualization of black boys, and black children in general, before they are barely out of diapers. It’s yet another example of the stronghold white supremacist opinions about black people–and the societal obsession and colonization of black bodies–continues to have over the black community’s psyche.
While Council implies he’s basically giving the people what they want (do people really want six-year-old black male children running around bragging about how good they would be in bed?), his actions pretty much ignore the impact these harmful stereotypes have on young black boys before they can even understand how/why they are portrayed in this manner.
White supremacist patriarchal ideology doesn’t allow for young black children to be just children. Along with young black boys being forced to play the role of black male porn stars in training or natural born gangsters by the time they reach kindergarten, young black girls are lumped together as little Miss Sapphires who can hold her own in telling off an adult who crosses her path.
This childhood and prepubescent type-casting deployed by white supremacist culture–as well as the black community–forces these young black children to play their respective parts as the Jezebel-Sapphire hybrid for the girls and the hypersexual, hypermasculine Mandingo attributes for the boys are the standard rule of thumb many in our community use to judge our blackness by.
What do you think of the parents’ decision to allow their child to perform in this video?