I am deeply disturbed by the racial and ethnic stereotyping of African American peoples and their communities through moving images in the motion picture industry. I am now made painfully aware of their cavalier use of the Internet to the disadvantage of African American youth, for the purpose of sport and profit.
These mediums are primary sources of information and produce images that embed a false and negative view of us to the world. One such video is "BOOTY POP," that was posted for circulation via the Internet by the director and producers of FROZE.N.TIME PRODUCTIONS. Many Internet users who have encounter this dehumanizing and distasteful video have declared it injurious to the child star of the show, and here is why.
The adults in charge of this “sexploitation” video use a 6 years old African American male as the main attraction. He is cast in the staring role of a gangsta rapping pimp. He is singing socially unacceptable lyrics and touching his body in a sexually suggestive manor. Adult women are used to pop their buttocks in the young boy’s face while, sporting swim wear with scant bikini lines. Adding insult to injury, this young African American male is being shown wielding a water stick as a phallus symbol. It is obvious that the producers of this video directed the young boy to hold the water stick close to his penis/crotch and squirt fluid into a woman’s face as a gross representation of male dominance via semen ejaculation. This is clearly child abuse and racial profiling, all in one fell swoop.
Furthermore, it raises issues of child victimization, racial stereotyping and child pornography, which by Federal Law, is a form of child sexual exploitation and is defined, as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (persons under 18 years of age). It is important to note, Images of child pornography are also referred to as child sexual abuse images and according to The United States Code, child pornography is also defined as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor.
The video is damaging to all African American children on all fronts, and is especially damaging to black males, as they are categorically branded with a socio-political target on their backs that labels them—“AT RISK”.
But let me be clear, While I will urge all of America to take part in signing this petition, I strongly charge our African American families and communities to recognize the responsibility we hold to remove the “At Risk” factors that have been boldly placed upon our sons.
We the people must inform the esteemed Attorney General Eric Holder of the Department of Justice that child exploitation films of young African children, and all children for that matter are unacceptable, as the “Supreme Court has ruled that, “transmitting obscenity and child pornography, whether via the Internet or other means, is... illegal under federal law for both adults and juveniles.”
-Reno v. ACLU, 521 U.S. 844 (1998).
Please take action! Sign this petition! Tell the makers of "BOOTY POP," that we mean business. Tell the Department of Justice to remove this video—IMMEDIATELY!
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