*Willow Smith is stirring up talk with her new video release “Summer Fling,” which some people feel isn’t exactly age appropriate and a little too mature for a 12-year-old.
In the video (see it below) Willow has a leading man who looks to be a legal adult, rather than a pre-teen. Willow is seen rocking shorts and a platinum blonde wig while the she sings about being free from commitments.
“We walk the beach at midnight, and watch the stars in the clear skies,” she sings. “We both say, ‘love you,’ but it’s alright… If you wanna talk I guess that’s alright, if you wanna walk under the night sky, I don’t really care cause we got tonight.”
The word “fling” in the title suggests a lot more than what people would expect to see from a daughter and has the audience questioning the parenting of her mother and father Jada and Will Smith.
“Willow is singing about having sex and this is totally inappropriate and not in line with the developmental physical, mental or emotional stages of a 12-year-old girl who is barely an adolescent,” noted human behavior expert Patrick Wanis. “The video reveals that she is still a little girl — not a teenager. She is not mature enough mentally or emotionally to be boasting that she and her ‘fling’ are walking ‘the beach at midnight.’” Wanis called Willow’s celebrity parents “irresponsible and verging on negligent” for “failing to fulfill their roles as parents.”
The Smiths have admitted to using open and unconventional parenting styles when it comes to Willow and her sibling. They’re allowed to think for themselves and make their own decisions.
“My style of parenting is very similar to that of my parents, minus the concept of ownership,” Will explained in an US magazine interview. “I think that, specifically in African-American households, the idea coming out of slavery, there’s a concept of your children being property and that was a major part that Jada and I released with our kids. We respect our children the way we would respect any other person. Things like cleaning up their room. You would never tell a full-grown adult to clean their room, so we don’t tell our kids to clean their rooms.”
Willow has been seen in the public eye adorned in very eclectic wardrobe, multicolored hair and has even shaved her hair at one point. Last year she sported a fake tongue ring. But it seems unlike Will’s declaration song with Jazzy Jeff in 1989, her parent’s DO understand but it seems the public does not.