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Fast Times For Lil Poopy

Lil Poopy rapping

By Jennifer Williams

The role of Michelle Tanner, the youngest of three daughters on the hit television show, “Full House,” was played by twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. They were cast when they were just six months old.

Abigail Breslin made her on-screen debut at just three years old in a television commercial. At five she starred alongside Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix in “Signs.” And at six she was cast as the lovable Olive Hoover in “Little Miss Sunshine,” a role that would earn her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 2007 Academy Awards.

And then there is Luie Rivera Jr., aka “Lil Poopy” or “Coke Boy.” Mr. Rivera, like the Olsen twins and Ms. Breslin, has found his calling early. He’s just nine years old, but he’s already gaining the attention of  “powerful people” like P. Diddy and French Montana.

A music video starring Lil Poopy has recently created a stir because the young rapper is seen slapping a grown woman’s behind and repeating the phrase “coke ain’t a bad word.” The video triggered an investigation by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) after local police filed a complaint against the rapper’s father, Luis Rivera, alleging child abuse and/or neglect.

The Rivera’s attorney, Joseph Krowski, claims that young Luie has First Amendment protection to rap about whatever he wants, even if people find the content offensive or distasteful.

LASIS wondered if, in fact, Lil Poopy can rap freely under protection of the First Amendment.

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