September 14, 2010
The Case of Willow Smith
That is Willow Smith, scion of the Will Smith-Jada Pinkett-We're-Almost-Scientologists "dynasty." She is soon to release her debut single, Whip My Hair, the first attempt by her parents (in collusion with Jay Z) to launch her pop music career. A few nights ago I listened to the song and was suddenly overcome with a case of the Adult. You see, fierce though Willow may be, SHE IS NINE YEARS OLD.
Here are my tweets and a few responses:
How old is Willow Smith? 9? I am not sure I approve of a kid this young being set up in a career. #callmeoldfashioned Let a kid be a kid
There are lots of child actors but pop music is a different game altogether. Song is clever, but...
I know everyone will want to say they are "whipping their hair" etc.- it's sassy - but what are the odds for child pop stars surviving it?
Jay Z on Willow: "She has a child's innocence but she has a clear vision of who she is and who she wants to be" Please. He sees $tar$
@varnfiesh to @xolondon: I agree. No child is that focused. I'm going to be 20 soon and I don't even have a clear vision of I am/want to be :|
@xolondon to @varnfiesh In these times, I think it takes many people much longer to grow up b/c they have so many options. Not just get married/have kids
@alphableat to @xolondon It's too much for someone so young. Jadyn Smith may be taking on temporary characters, but this is a full-time persona for Willow.
Another good point from @Alphableat never doubt the Intelligence of the Tweep
The whole saga will play out this fall and in 2011. It's sure to be a hot mess, so sit back at watch the child labor. What do you think? Is Willow too young? Jay Z has compared her, presumptuously and tellingly, to Michael Jackson. It's ONE SONG, Hov!
As for the song? Warning: it is an earworm
Clearly, lil Willow has been listening to some Rihanna.