by: John “Hennry” Harris
A recent YouTube video called “Hut Hut-Football Twerk Song” by Monsta with da Fade has the blogosphere and social media-lites calling ‘foul’ for featuring several young girls twerking.
The video supporting the song would have been bad enough if he had legal-age women twerking, but what is extremely disturbing is the fact that the video highlights more than a dozen young, African-American girls wearing tights, or leggings, with football jerseys on, and Monsta pushing them looking like a Twerk Drill Sergeant.
Many of the girls in the video appear to be under the age of 12. As a man, it is very disturbing to see such young girls moving their bodies and being in positions like the ones displayed in the video. The leggings/tights that the young girls are wearing repeatedly reveal that the young girls are not wearing any underclothes while popping, pulsating and gyrαting for the camera.
The video has caught the attention of Sil Lai Abrams, founder of Truth in Reality, an organization whose mission is to change the way our Black women are portrayed in the media, particularly reality television. Truth in Reality points out that what is particularly disturbing is the fact the young girls think what they are doing is fun. In some clips even feature older women, whom I presume to be their Mothers, and they do not understand that their young daughters are being objectified sεxually and potential emotional, psychological damage is being done.
“All I’m thinking about is those girl’s mothers,” Abrams told NewsOne in an interview. “Where are their fathers? Where are the caregivers? Occasionally, you see stories of people on social media plying their children, their infants with alcohol for their entertainment. It’s the same kind of damage that is being done to our young girls and it’s not entertaining at all.”
Monsta has put up a five-minute YouTube video of him combatting the negative reactions to his video, but ironically, feels like a warning to parents that if you aren’t watching your kids, someone is!
“I never put my hand on a kid, but kids love me,” he said during the video.” “Why? I’m out there coaching your kids while you can’t come out and watch me coach your kids. Why yo kids running the streets 9, 10 o’clock, 12 o’clock, 1 o’clock getting shot in the head trying to break into people’s houses?”
Really?! What is he COACHING our young girls to be? Twerkers and pole stars? Are parents allowing such exploitation of our youth to happen just so their ‘baby’ can be in a video or on television?
People must realize we must be aware of what we are letting our youth see and listen to, along with ourselves, because what we ‘ingest’ is shown to the world in our actions, speech and social interactions.
Yes …. it is that serious.