She’s sexy, she knows it, and she’s 5
January 27, 2012
A child celebrity’s mother is suing three major media outlets for airing a video and reporting on the actions of 5-year-old Isabella Barrett when she danced and sang an electro-rap song entitled “Sexy And I know It” at a New York night club. The performance then aired on the cable television channel TMZ. [San Francisco Chronicle]
Susanna Barrett said the coverage and video depiction was misleading and “sexualized” her daughter. Her lawsuit, in which she seeks $30 million, also names Huffington Post and the London Daily Mail. The news articles reported the child “gyrating in a nightclub and singing about her sex appeal” and suggested the mother was “forcing” Isabella to perform.
In December, Isabella was widely quoted as saying her co-star Paisley Dickey dressed like a “hooker.”
According to the mother’s filing, “Isabella Barrett did not act or portray herself sexually, erotically or provocatively; she was not ‘gyrating’ at a nightclub or singing ‘about her sex appeal.'”