Critics: Va. Attorney Shouldn't 'Pop' Her 'Booty' in Rap Video

At least one activist wants Stephanie Morales recalled as Portsmouth Commonwealth's prosecutor
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2018 12:55 PM CDT

If the phrase "booty poppin" is what you've been needing to hear (over and over and over), you may want to check out a new music video by someone WAVY deems Virginia's new "unlikely rap star." That would be Stephanie Morales, the Portsmouth Commonwealth's attorney, who posted a video entitled "Sundress Season" on Sunday on YouTube, and on Monday on her Facebook page. Underlaid by a bass-heavy beat and heavy on the phrase "booty poppin'" (which is heard at least 30 times, per WTKR), the video shows Morales and her husband, Luis, dancing and rapping throughout the video, with shorter spots featuring their 14-year-old son and young daughters. Her lyrics, per the Virginian-Pilot, specifically touch upon her physique: "I'm summer fine down to my thighs. My stride's right. My abs tight. Let's go for this, right."

Morales tells the Pilot the video came about after her son lost a bet with Luis, requiring the former to produce an entire song for the latter to perform. "Fast forward, the WHOLE family jumped on the track," she wrote on Facebook; she and her husband reportedly wrote their own lyrics. But some members of the Portsmouth community are perturbed about the video, including "People's Pastor" Barry Randall, who wants her recalled from her job. He says Morales is setting a bad example "to display her body in that [manner]" when women are dealing with serious issues like sexual assault. "She … 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 … That's a problem," he tells WTKR. Morales dismisses his concerns, telling WAVY she's promoting a "positive body image" and that the video was "a chronicle of our summer family fun," per WTKR. (More Virginia stories.)

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