It’s not something you see very often — a school administrator front and center in a hip-hop music video. But that’s the case for Esther Adler-O’Keefe, the assistant principal at Southampton High School, on Long Island. Now, Ms. O’Keefe is feeling the backlash for that appearance.
J.R.’s raunchy “Best Friend” music video featuring “Bottoms Up” singer Trey Songz, is full of obscenities, twerking, and boozing. Much of the song is J.R. “bragging about how much he can drink” and “how many threesomes he can have with women who are best friends.”
In an email to 27east, O’Keefe said she regrets appearing in the video.
“Had I known of such content or lyrics, I certainly would not have participated in any fashion. I find the lyrics and content of the music video vulgar, offensive and demeaning,” she wrote in the email.
In the opening scene O’Keefe and the actor who plays her husband hand over their mansion to J.R., telling him, “Enjoy yourself. Just remember, security’s here.” Turns out the security guards are actually strippers.
O’Keefe reappears in the final scene, where she “finds her house trashed with drugs and half-naked women,” before hitting J.R. in the head with a beach ball.
The Southampton school district superintendent, released a statement saying O’Keefe’s behavior was “not representative of the district’s students and staff.” He couldn’t legally comment further about the incident, according to the NY Daily News.
Despite the bad rap O’Keefe has been getting — since the video was uploaded last week—it seems there are still people out there applauding her cameo.
“Shout out to ms. O’keefe. She finna blow this video up,” one commenter said about the clip.