Former Assistant Principal Esther Adler-O’Keefe lost her job because of her role in a recent Trey Songz and JR music video — in which she plays a principal — featured profanity, youths drinking alcohol, smoking pot and simulating vulgar sex acts.
Adler-O’Keefe reportedly rented out her own home for the music video.Homes rent for up to $20,000 to shoot rap music videos.
The woman with auburn hair plays just a small role in the music video. Suitcase in hand, she says goodbye to the rapper J.R. at the bottom of a spiral staircase, and leaves him to look after her luxurious house.
Within seconds of her departure, two buxom women begin to disrobe and approach J.R. They are the first of many scantily clad friends who appear in the four-and-a-half-minute production.
The video, for the song “Best Friend” by J.R., which also features the R&B singer Trey Songz, was released last month — much to the displeasure of officials in the Southampton school district on Long Island.
The woman who played the homeowner turned out to be Esther Adler-O’Keefe, the assistant principal at Southampton High School, whose duties included student discipline. This week, the district announced that Ms. Adler-O’Keefe had been reassigned to a new position.
“The video in question showcases behaviors and language use that is not promoted by the Southampton school district,” the district superintendent, Scott Farina, said in a statement last month. “In fact, we actively teach our students the importance of good character and making smart choices.”
On Tuesday, an email was sent to parents of students in the district that said Ms. Adler-O’Keefe would be replaced at the high school. After a lengthy description of the new assistant principal, the email tersely described Ms. Adler-O’Keefe’s new duties as overseeing “a variety of academic support services throughout the district.”
When asked if she was reassigned because of her appearance in the video, a spokeswoman for the district declined to comment.
Ms. Adler-O’Keefe did not respond to a request for a comment on Thursday, but in September, she told The Southampton Press, she was not aware of the video’s content when she agreed to participate.
The video, which takes place largely in a pool, includes many women in small bikinis, shot from many angles. J.R. and Trey Songz keep their shirts on.
At the end of the song, Ms. Adler-O’Keefe and the man who appears to be playing her husband return to the house the next morning to find J.R. asleep on the sofa surrounded by scantily clad women, an old joint and an empty liquor bottle. Ms. Adler-O’Keefe throws a beach ball at his head; the party’s over.
Source New York Times