Media

"Sexual ass" teacher arrest headline not about six-year-old rapper's "Booty Pop" video

In recent days, plenty of cultural arbiters have gotten upset over "Booty Pop," the explicit new video by Albert Roundtree, age six; the NSFW clip is on view below.

Surprisingly, however, that's not the subject of a headline viewable until a short time ago on the Denver Post's website -- one that featured the phrase "sexual ass."

Here's a screen capture of the headline in question, which appears third from the top in a most-popular box that's now been updated on this Post article:

Yes, the word "ass" was shortened from "assault," as the reader who sent it our way notes. He adds, "Another reason copy editors do matter" -- a reference to the Post's controversial decision to do away with its copy desk in a cost-saving newsroom reconfiguration.

Of course, this gaffe could also be due to a computer error of the sort that recently listed the Boulder Daily Camera's fourth-most-viewed item under the headline "Sorry, we could not find the article you're looking for." But whatever the case, it, like this look at young Mr. Roundtree's zeitgeist-y epic, is a sign of the times.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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