Willow Smith releases controversial new single about a 12 year old's love affair

For those of us who have no idea who she is, the clue to Willow Smith’s identity is in her last name. She is the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith. Why is this relevant? Well because her latest single, Summer Fling is causing a bit of a scandal. It is the tale of a summertime love affair told through the rather questionable voice of Willow herself. Who is twelve years old.

'It's just a couple months but we do it anyway' she sings.

'Don't really care what we do tonight. Good night kisses if the mood is right, laying by the beach with you wishing this will never end.'

She then launches into a mystifying attempt at a British accent to deliver the immortal lines 'Thanks for the summer fling. It was nice.'

The video suggests that her ‘boyfriend’ is substantially older than her, and indeed almost everyone in the video seems far older than her. It all looks very, very wrong


Before addressing just how appropriate (or not at all) it is for a twelve year old to be discussing a love affair, one has to ask the underlying question. What does a twelve year old actually have to say for herself on any level? What is she doing in the public eye? And if she does possess a precocious singing talent, wouldn’t everyone concerned be better off if it was nurtured quietly until she was of an age where fame might be less surreal and she actually had something to say for herself instead of trying to accelerate the hormones of other 12 year olds out there.

Willow has addressed the issue of fame. ‘Let’s say if a regular girl is going to the book store, it’s ten times harder to go everywhere (when you’re famous)…it’s going to take me ten more minutes to get there. Because I have to call security,’ she said in a conversation with Red Table Talk.

And yet – with a gentle naivete that sends heads into hands she notes

‘It’s not like I can reserve being famous…but if there’s a problem in the world, then more people will listen to me.’

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