What does a 12-year-old know about sex?
Willow Smith Causes Controversy With New Video
The daughter of Hollywood heavyweights Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith is getting flack for her latest track, “Summer Fling,” which many have branded disturbingly mature.
Here’s a snippet.
“The bright sun and the blue water, we fight less and love harder. You tell me that I’m the one, I tell you it’s just for fun,” Willow croons in the song, at times adopting an odd British accent. “We walk the beach at midnight, and watch the stars in the clear skies. We both say I 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 ,oh baby…”
Via Fox News reports:
The pre-teen also appears in the song’s music video (of course) with a seemingly much older male love interest. They romp around and stare at one another lovingly. Nothing explicit beyond hugs and hand holding takes place, but many are alarmed by the “fling” concept and have interpreted it as something sexual and highly ill-suited.
“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; the video reveals that she is still a little girl – not a teenager,” human behavior expert Patrick Wanis, PhD, told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “She is not mature enough mentally or emotionally to be boasting that she and her ‘fling’ are walking ‘the beach at midnight.’”
Critics also haven’t held back in lambasting her famous folks for allowing the track and its subsequent music video to be released.
“Her parents are being irresponsible and verging on negligent by failing to fulfill their role as parents – to guide their daughter and set boundaries and limits for her,” Wanis said. “While children might rebel, they actually need boundaries, discipline, guidance and wisdom. And the Smiths are obviously not doing that.”
According to therapist Dr. Nancy Irwin, the adult content of “Summer Fling” raises questions around how far her parents are allowing their preteen to go.
“They are obviously allowing her to model them. Twelve is a young age to date, moreover have a meaningless ‘fling,’ if indeed she fully understands how most people will interpret this term,” Irwin explained.
Do you think Willow is too young to be singing about a “Summer Fling?”