The parents of a young Louisiana child have been slammed for hosting a gangster-themed party where they were filmed playing with realistic looking guns and dancing to explicit rap music.
The ‘NBA YoungBoy themed’ children’s birthday party in Louisiana went viral online after video was released of five young boys dancing while also flashing fake cash.
After fierce backlash, the birthday boy’s mother, Devine Brooks, defended it as being innocent fun and said the boys thought they were filming a music video.
‘He wanted a NBA party and that’s what he got,’ she said. ‘My boys are well educated and even going to nationals on his football team! It was all fun and they enjoyed themselves they thought they was shooting a video.’
In the video, a group of men can be seen dancing with the children to the song, Never Broke Again, by the 24-year-old Louisiana rapper – who has 11 children.
The party decor included champagne bottle balloons, diamonds, wads of cash and very realistic looking Glocks.
But the video has sparked outrage online, with one person on Instagram saying: ‘This why the youth and younger generation messed up now because of people and parents like this.’
An ‘ NBA YoungBoy themed’ children’s birthday party in Louisiana went viral online after video was released of five young boys dancing to the rapper’s explicit music as two of them played with extremely realistic guns and fake cash
The birthday boy’s mother, Devine Brooks, said the party was innocent fun and that the boys just thought they were filming a music video
A group of fathers with their young sons danced to a song by YoungBoy Never Broke Again, a 24-year-old Louisiana rapper with 11 children
The mother of the birthday boy defended the party on Instagram – saying her boys are ‘well educated’
Another Instagram user said: ‘Wow this is epitome of ignorance! This is ridiculously sad and a disgrace. What type of mother allowed this?! It’s a loss cause to even mention the father.’
Someone else said: ‘NBA YoungBoy doesn’t make music for kids anyway.’
NBA YoungBoy may be a questionable theme for a little boy’s birthday party – but the rapper recently stated he intends to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – once his ankle monitor is removed.
The American rapper – whose name is actually Kentrell DeSean Gaulden – has 11 children with nine different woman – but he married his long-time girlfriend who is the mother of two of the children in January 2023.
Gaulden often raps about guns and money – which is likely what inspired the finishing touches of the birthday party.
‘Made more funds, I had to buy more guns to make it through the day’ and ‘I just walked out my show with a dirty gun’ are some of the lyrics from his songs.
The rapper was accused of possessing a firearm and arrested in March 2021 – which to a stint in jail before he posted a bond of $500,000 in cash. His release was conditional to him being monitored and staying at his house in Utah on home confinement.
NBA YoungBoy may be a questionable theme for a little boy’s birthday party – but the rapper recently stated he intends to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – once his ankle monitor is removed
Devine Brooks – mother of the birthday boy – also mentioned in an Instagram comment that her son shared a birthday with the Louisiana rapper (October 20) , which further inspired the party’s theme
In 2020 – the Baton Rouge native was arrested along with 15 others in Louisiana on possession of schedule I drugs, manufacturing/distributing a schedule II drug, and manufacturing/distributing schedule IV drugs.
Devine Brooks – mother of the birthday boy – also mentioned in an Instagram comment that her son shared a birthday with the Louisiana rapper (October 20) , which further inspired the party’s theme.
But other users continued to slam the birthday party despite the mother’s defense. ‘I usually don’t comment but the fact that the mother is on here defending this nonsense is utterly ridiculous,’ a commenter posted.
Another user said: ‘When he gets lock up for murder bring this video back.’
Toy guns are increasingly being banned as play-things because they are believed to encourage real violence.
The group of party-goers celebrated amongst party decorations – including champagne bottle balloons, diamonds, wads of cash and very realistic Glocks. It is unclear if the guns are in fact real or fact
The rapper was accused of possessing a firearm and arrested in March 2021 – which to a stint in jail before he posted a bond of $500,000 in cash. His release was conditional to him being monitored and staying at his house in Utah on home confinement
In Colorado during the pandemic a 12-year-old boy was suspended and the police were called to his home after he waved a toy gun during a virtual class.
Seventh grader Isaiah Elliott, who is a student at Grand Mountain School in Colorado Springs, was attending his virtual art class on August 27, when he briefly held the toy gun in his hand.
His mother, Dani Elliott, said that her son had picked up the neon green toy gun and moved it from one side of his computer screen to the other. It wasn’t until after the class that Elliot received an email from her son’s art teacher informing her that she’d told the school’s vice principal about the incident.
In 2018 – a mother called giving a toy gun to a child as a birthday present ‘inappropriate’ – after her son was gifted three.
The anonymous woman posted on British parenting site Mumsnet that she was torn over taking the fake weapons away from her seven-year-old as he appeared to be enjoying playing with them.
Revealing her discomfort with the toys, the mother received a flood of responses on the online community from parents who agreed with her views.
In September – a first grader in Alabama was suspended after using his finger as a mock gun and saying ‘bang bang’ while playing with a friend – as school officials forced him to sign a punishment slip with his blocky name.
Six-year-old Jackson Belcher was forced to sign a Class III infraction document for ‘threat and intimidation’ after he ‘used his fingers to shoot at another student’ during a lighthearted game of cops and robbers at his elementary school in Jefferson County, Alabama.