PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – The Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney is at the center of a controversy outside of the courtroom.
Some are calling Stephanie Morales’ outside of work activities into question after she tweeted out a link to her family rap video titled “Sundress Season,” which is posted on YouTube for the public to view.
Civic activist Barry Randall has a problem with the video and has started an effort to get her recalled. “Turn on our computer and watch our commonwealth’s attorney do the booty pop… I have a problem with the whole gist of the video,” Randall told WAVY News 10.
10 On Your Side spoke to Morales about the video on Tuesday. She said she is proud of it, saying the dancing, the music, all of it, was created from the ground up.
Morales says her 14-year-old son lost a bet to his dad and had to give him one of his beats, which they used to create the video.
Morales says she wrote the lyrics she says in the video. Her husband Luis wrote his lines. Their son and young daughters also appear throughout the video.
Randall is calling for Morales to step down, due to what he calls poor judgment. “What women have to face on the workforce and sexual assault, I think it is poor choice for our city’s top cop to exploit and display her body in that matter,” he said.
“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.
Andy Fox went to the Portsmouth courthouse to gauge the public’s view on the video. Watch his full report tonight on WAVY News 10 at 6:15 p.m.