• Thu, Nov 18 2010

Breaking News: Willow Smith, 10, Needs Parents’ Permission To Do Things

OK, this whole Willow Smith thing is just getting crazy. I know, I know, she makes adorable music, and her mother’s stylist she has great taste. But now, People.com has a headline that reads: “Willow Smith: I Won’t Do Anything Without Mom’s Permission.”

What world is this? Are we in a Twilight Zone? A theater of the absurd? Is it really news that a 10-year-old needs her mother’s permission to do things? Oh, really? Is that right? So she won’t be driving herself to 4th grade? Or taking herself out to nightclubs? Or, I don’t know, doing her own grocery shopping? Well, that is shocking.

Listen — I’m no psychiatrist, but I certainly hope that Willow will be fine with all this fame and all this attention. But you know who I’m really concerned about, at this point? The adults who have gotten to the point where her career and these kinds of headlines don’t seem weird. I beg of you: think of the adults.

First of all, it’s embarrassing that a grown person had to listen with a straight face, as the People reporter did, to answers like: “I can’t do whatever I want…Mommy has to say it’s okay.” It just makes us all look bad. Second of all, are we that obsessed with youth that we’re now dipping our celebrity-lust ladle into a pool of people who haven’t even gone through puberty? What’s next — a hit single released from the child in Pink’s womb? I can see the headlines, full of nuggets of wisdom from beyond the vaginal wall: “Pink’s Unborn Fetus: I Can’t Survive Without My Mother’s Living Body.” (I’m copyrighting that.)

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  • anonymous

    I know you’re trying to be funny and snarky, but it’s kind of pointless to direct such ire at a nine-year-old. It looks like she’s just trying to be a good role model for her fans, which is a pretty mature thing to do.

    • JEeBus!

      Hahaha this article’s funny. Why? Because the actual article in question is posted on a website for ADULTS. Yes, you heard me. ADULTS read People.com, so it’s funny to think of all the ADULTS who are reading that article now, like it’s not a total waste of brain space (not that People magazine isn’t already a waste of brain space).

  • Miriam

    @By anonymous Oh boy did you miss the point! Willow didn’t write the article mentioned nor plan and execute her own promotion, nor that of other child performers before her like Miley Cyrus (aka Hannah Montana). That’s who the comments were directed at. Despite the jokey style of writing, the article makes an important cultural point. In America we value youth in our pop culture so much that when we see the slightest spark in a child we rush to fan it into a flame with little regard for the child’s loss. So it becomes of exaggerated importance to broadcast that the child actually has still retained some of the vestiges of childhood while she is walking down the red carpet modeling custom designer wear at an awards show instead of say . . . coloring clothes in her favorite coloring book while watching only the first few minutes of the show before bedtime (just to use myself at that age as an example). How is the child being served by being thrust into an adult world, (and it’s “star” magnifying glass) so soon?

  • Anonymous

    She is just 2o yong to be walking down the red carpet, at least she should enjoy her childhood first.
    The journilist should quit writing anything she does or say.

  • Minnooo

    I don’t understand why this message is so infuriating to you. Maybe it wasn’t meant to stir up any emotions in adults but instead to set an example for kids in America today. That regardless of their status, they [kids] should obey their parents. No harm done to you.

  • B

    This Article doesn’t make any sense. She is10..she does need her parents approval for everything. Dumbass

  • JEeBus!

    Ring ring, “Hey Ma! Is it ok if I get totally shitfaced later and have crazy dirty video-taped sex with my boyfriend all night? PLEEAAASE!?! I promise I’ll pay all my bills and get to work on time!!!”