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When you hear that a principal has been fired after appearing in a Trey Songz video, you may immediately think, “Oh she must have been one of those scantily clad video vixens?”. Well in this case, you couldn’t be any farther from the truth.

A Southhampton principal appeared in J.R’s Best Friend ft. Trey Songz. 

With only six words in the video, Esther Adler-O’Keefe portrayed a woman, who along with her husband, were going on vacation and left their house in the hands of Trey Songz and now she’s losing her principal position.

According to Newsday, the former principal is now reassigned to “oversee a variety of academic support services throughout the district”—the direct result of her brief cameo in the music video.

The school district issued a statement about the video and their reason for reassigning the

“The video in question showcases behaviors and language use that is not promoted by the Southampton School District,” school superintendent Dr. Scott Farina tells the Southampton Press. “In fact, we actively teach our students the importance of good character and making smart choices. Additionally, this is not representative of who we are as a district, nor of our students and staff.”

According to Adler-O’Keefe, she never knew what the video was about, or the lyrics and content.

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  • mywordsaremypower

    In other words “We do not want any members of our staff fraternizing with these Negroes. They know their place and we know ours. The Negroes are just bad for reputation, they are epitome of what America does not stands for. We did what we did because it makes sense to cut ties with Nigger Lovers and promote we do not except this behavior. We need to set examples to pupils and parents that we hold ourselves above these Negroes.” This is what I read, sorry if you read otherwise.

  • Mahogany

    If you are in education like I am, you know that there are eyes always watching you even outside of work. This is why I keep a low profile on social media. People will still judge you for what you do outside of work.

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    • AfroCapricornette

      You’re very right. Teachers, social workers, those with professions involving children/students etc..heck even those in the financial profession, as my friends tell me. Big Brother’s always watching.

  • This is first time that I heard a story like this. Anyone with an occupation will be monitored of their social media and their activities outside of school constantly. An assistant principal will definitely be monitored if she was in a temporary cameo of a video of a celebrity. She claimed that she didn’t know the content but she should have asked more questions. I would never be a music video where I don’t know the content or the lyrics. Videos like this are on the Internet permanently and we live in a globalized society. Word will travel fast if an educational official is in one music video, even for a brief period of time. Now, she stepped down and is reassigned in a new position. I don’t agree with the objectification of women or lyrics that demean women, but Esther should have asked questions. She has to experience accountability for her actions as eyes are watching.

    • elle D.

      That speaks to integrity, something you have shown in spades–I agree with you, I don’t understand how someone would take that kind of risk (trying to “be cool” no doubt)-I don’t care if it was a Barry Manilow video, I need to know what I am taking part of or how my image will be used.

    • Exactly. Her being an assistant principal during that time period should allow her to discern about the video before she participated in the video. She probably was trying to be “cool.” Sooner or later, people would know about this. Now, she has another job.

    • elle D.

      OF course she is fortunate to not totally be out of work…if she was Black, she wouldn’t have received a reassignment at all. No doubt.

    • If she was Black, then yes, she would be suspended or fired. There is no question about it. This story is a lesson.

    • Also, how are you doing today Sister.

    • elle D.

      I am fair to middling like the elders like to say, how about yourself, Brother T?

    • I’m doing great today. Daylight saving time is coming soon. Time is going fast to me. It was a beautiful day.

    • elle D.

      It was a beautiful day wasn’t it? I see some of the most beautiful sunsets too—time does seem to be moving up, it is a strange phenomenon.

    • Exactly Sister. I remember 1996 like it was yesterday and I’m not even 34 yet. It was a beautiful day. Next week, it will get colder.

    • elle D.

      I am not ecstatic about the cold winter to come because I have a long commute, but hmmmm 1996. Wow that was a pretty good year for me, graduation, new beginnings, hope for the future. So many big dreams and plans and the benefit of youth and naivete’–although I am certainly grateful for the wisdom I have gained.

    • I was a teenager then. ;)

    • elle D.

      I know a little youngin hee hee. I was graduating from College at that time.

    • I was in middle school then. Today, we’re both grown. I’m glad to communicate with a very intelligent person like you.

    • elle D.

      Oh for sure, you know I appreciate that about you the most–it is refreshing to know like-minded souls do exist and are out there every day on the frontlines representing knowledge and truth to power.

    • We will keep on intrepidly outlining truth and wisdom. We realize that we are fighting for liberation. Our cause is just and there are tons of people in Clutch also who have great insights that we both respect.

    • elle D.

      Yes indeed, and that much is true.

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    • elle D.

      Good night, God Bless, it is an honor to share endearing conversation with you.

  • PrimmestPlum

    I don’t think she should’ve been fired. Of course, I think I may have a different opinion if her role in the video was different. If she was nude or partially nude I could probably understand. I know you need to be careful about what you say and do outside of work but I’m still not convinced that she should have been fired. Her role in the music video seemed innocuous enough.

  • Terry Turner

    She was fired because she was in a black rap video. Keep it real.