Initially, hearing a story that suggests a Portsmouth, Va., commonwealth attorney appeared in a music video that includes the phrase “booty poppin’” at least 30 times would probably shock many voters. However, after viewing the video and reading the story behind its making, they may realize it is not the “distasteful display” some claim it to be.
Stephanie Morales shared a video on her Facebook page of a rap video she and her family created that documented some of their “summer family fun together.” The elected prosecutor of felony crimes in Virginia details that her 14-year-old son, an aspiring producer, lost a bet to his father, which meant he had to give his dad a beat he created. With the beat, which he was originally going to drag to the trash bin, they gathered up the whole family and recorded a track.
Luis, the producer’s father and Morales’s husband, wrote on YouTube, “The things we do for our kids.” He shared that their son needed an opportunity to produce and engineer a song to its completion. “He has done several since and they have gotten progressively better,” he added, clearly encouraging his child’s creative interests.
Of course, since this was shared on the Internet, there are critics. Barry Randall, who calls himself “the People’s Pastor,” told WTKR, “[Morales] has every right to pop her booty in her home with her husband but to do that with a bunch of teenagers who look to her for mentoring, young boys and girls, and she is booty poppin’. That’s a problem.”
Randall went on to tell 10 On Your Side, “What women have to face on the workforce and sexual assault, I think it is a poor choice for our city’s top cop to exploit and display her body in that manner.”
“To suggest that women are disrespecting themselves by having a positive body image as I do in that video, where I discuss my fitness goals, also talk about my intellect, on a track produced by my son, needs to do a little bit of soul searching,” said Morales.
Randall also criticized Morales for falling short on her professional responsibilities. “We had four people shot last Thursday, we had three males shot last Monday and we have cases that have yet to be brought to trial, but [Morales] is booty poppin’” he said.
Morales told WTKR, “[The video] shows our ability to set aside time to enjoy family time and support our children at their level and also highlights the fact that we are normal people and we have a sense of humor. I hope voters always remember the importance of making time for family and also the importance of finding different ways to engage and support the ones we love the most.”
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