Official Fumes Over Rap Video Shot in Courtroom
But Jason Mallas, known as Mini Thin, says he's misunderstood
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 20, 2015 2:35 PM CDT

(Newser) – Guns, fatigues, and a violent crime: A rapper used a West Virginia courtroom to film his vigilante-themed music video, and that has disturbed one local official. Hancock County Commissioner Jeff Davis is not happy that the courtroom was used by a Weirton rapper known as Mini Thin. Davis wants his fellow commissioners to adopt rules to ensure a similar scenario doesn't occur again, the Weirton Daily Times reports. Jason Mallas says that in his musical persona as Mini Thin, he used the Circuit Court chambers to film the video June 12. An actress named Jennifer Blaze wore fatigues during the four-hour shoot, and fake guns were used to depict a story about the rescue of a rape victim.

Mallas says the video is a spoof on the 1999 movie "The Boondock Saints," about two Boston brothers who become vigilantes. "We needed a courtroom," Mallas says. "If it wasn't that one, it would be another one. I'm glad we were able to use it." Davis argues that the shoot sends the wrong message about public safety: "I hope that, as long as I'm part of this watch, it doesn't happen again," he says. Davis says county officials were unaware of the shoot in the Northern Panhandle courtroom, and Hancock County's sheriff says he was under the impression that the shoot was for a documentary. But Mallas says his songs deliver messages against bullying and drug use: "They can go ahead and think whatever they want," he says. "They don't know my story."