• Thu, Oct 21 2010

Willow Smith. WTF?

Say what you will about this, but honestly? The Willow Smith situation is disturbing.

It was kind of cute when little Willow was parading around in fun, fashionable clothes. Cute, the same way any kid pretending to be a grown-up is cute, with that little dash of, “wow, maybe in ten years she’ll make something of herself in the fashion world.”

But in ten years. Not now. Not now, because Willow Smith is NINE.

The child of Jada and Will, who I assume she’s named for, recently released her first single, “Whip My Hair,” in case you’ve been locked in a meat freezer like Snooki on “South Park.” The song is catchy and fun and exactly what you would expect, lyrics-wise. Which is fine…because she’s nine.

And that’s not really the point, anyway. The point is this…

With her song on the radio and her video on MTV, we’re being asked to believe that Willow Smith has a place in grown-up land, and that, frankly, is annoying. And it’s not Willow’s fault (obviously…because she’s FUCKING NINE) — it’s the fault of whatever record company exec was swayed by Will Smith’s clout and agreed to put out Willow’s album, and convinced Will and Jada that it would be totally fine and that the listening masses wouldn’t mind that they were being asked to take seriously the warblings of a fourth-grader.

This is kind of like when your 35-year-old friend brings an 18-year-old date to a party, and you are forced to try to treat her like your peer while asking about her transition from high school to college (I’ve actually never been in that situation, but I imagine that would be annoying).

That’s kind of how I feel about Willow Smith. You can put flashy MTV backgrounds behind her, and give her a good stylist, but at the end of the day she is a child. And in addition to it being annoying, it’s also really weird and disturbing to me that she’s being marketed as some sort of mini-adult, like we’re supposed to pretend we don’t know that she has absolutely no concept of what she’s doing, because nine-year-old brains are not developed enough to comprehend things like fame. Oh Will — I hope that next to her college fund you are also amassing a therapy fund.

Anyway, I get that kids in show biz are young, and that Willow probably does have budding talent…but come on. Do we really not know by now how this early exposure ends?

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  • Alexi

    Well said. Very well said

  • Internalist

    yehhhhh, not everyone ends up like britney spears and lindsay lohan.

  • Tass

    One the one hand, yes, the attention this 9-year old gets is all a bit ridiculous. But I’ve always felt that the repercussions of early exposure that we’ve seen have been due to the combination of this exposure and the complete lack of a proper support system – I mean look at Lindsay Lohan. Her parents always seemed more interested in her fame than conserned for her, which cannot have helped when it all started going tits up. Hey, they’re still not helping. But I have complete faith (not sure what I’m basing it on, since I’ve only seen them on TV) in Will and Jada’s ability to protect and take care of Willow, and her brother, and keep them grounded and safe. I think those kids are incredibly lucky to have such a (seemingly) stable and good home in the midst of all the crazy they’re bound to encounter.

  • E.D.

    Two words – Drew Barrymore. Hopefully Willow’s parents are going to keep a decent lid on this until she’s 15/16.

  • elizabeth

    so what she made or did something wrong
    give the girl a break she is just 9

  • STFU

    i still dont see what was so wrong… yeh not everyone ends up like those celebrities!! always gotta tear down the black folks.. What about justin bieber?? huh no ones bagging on him!

    • bytza6

      dude please everybody is baggin on justin biatchber hes awfull as a singer he is worst than wilow fuking smith

  • Shane

    When all of these people have kids they will look back and regret. There is a reason kids called ‘kids’ in the first place. They should not be encouraged or shown as sex charged toys to the public. Her dum parents should know that there is a decency at this age in wearing clothes and the image that should put forward as an example to the whole world.