Carla and K Roundtree, parents of a 6-year-old rapper and Tyler Council, producer of the boy's “Booty Pop” music video should be legally charged with child sexual abuse, convicted and made to register as sexual offenders. The parental rights of his parents should be suspended, pending an investigation by child protective services.
They conspired to put a 6-year-old boy in a music video in which he raps about having sex with an adult woman and shoots a long, tubular and very phallic water pistol into the air—mimicking orgasm—while sandwiched between two bikini-clad woman who dance erotically within inches of him.
The six-year-old is clearly exposed to erotic behavior from adults who appear in the video and is portrayed as a sexual conquerer himself.
Erin Gillespie, a spokeswoman for Florida’s Department of Children and Families, told FoxNews.com that she could not confirm or deny that an investigation had been launched into the video.
Meanwhile, the producer of the video is defending it. "It's supposed to be a joke, but I'd say [only] about 30 percent of the people watching it find it funny," Tyler Council, president of the Florida-based Froze-N-Time Productions, told the Miami New Times. "But I still don't regret it."
But consider this: if the women in the video were to have approached this young boy on the beach and danced within inches of him, suggesting they would be happy to have sex with him, police would be called. So, they should be called now.
That seems pretty clear and sensible, doesn’t it?
Yet, none of that may happen, despite the facts. Why? Because Americans have declared open-season on children as sexual objects. We seem to have no will to enforce the notion that little girls and little boys at five or six-years-old ought not be commandeered for profit or notoriety and made to strike seductive poses or simulate sex acts.
The Roundtree's son's "Booty Pop" video is only the latest example. To name just a few: In August, 2011, Vogue magazine published extremely sexual pictures of child model Thylane Blondeau, with full makeup, heels and a come-hither stare. Abercrombie and Fitch marketed padded bikini tops to 8-year-old girls to make their breasts appear larger. And, this May, Time magazine published a cover photo of a four-year-old boy being breast fed by his beautiful, model mom, while he stands on a stepstool and stares directly at the camera.
This epidemic of sexualizing children will reinforce the pathological view common among pedophiles that children are sexual beings, wrongly portrayed as innocents, who can engage in sexual activities with adults and not be harmed.
This epidemic suggests to children that they mimic adult feelings and behaviors, rather than remaining true to their authentic feelings and behaviors, short-circuiting normal psychological development.
This epidemic makes children feel unsafe because they see messages around them that repeatedly imply that adults find them sexy—which is psychologically terrifying to children, because they are not prepared physically nor emotionally to be the objects of erotic interest.
All this may be happening because our increasingly technological, anonymous world is flailing wildly as it looks for something to anchor it to reality. The body—especially sex—is the knee-jerk antidote to being disembodied by Facebook and instant messaging and GPS systems. And, now, that antidote is being spilled everywhere: Women by the millions are buying books about being tied up and sexually conquered. People who would have never considered getting a tattoo are getting three. Body piercings are more commonplace than ever. And children are being doused with sexuality, too.
But regardless of why this is happening, it shouldn’t. And the first step would be for authorities to take legal action against the adults who sexually abused this little boy. We would all be the better for it.
Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. Dr. Ablow can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.