We told you last week about Willow Smith teaming up with DJ MVSIC Fabrega to form the group Melodic Chaotic, and the duo released the song “Summer Fling.” The track, an upbeat summer jam that’s definitely cute, is about summer love that’s not going anywhere but works for a few months of fun. In the video, Willow (rocking a blonde wig with sharp chopped bangs) can be seen frolicking with a young man (in a mean turban wrap) and playing around with friends on a trampoline and at a bonfire. Her brother Jaden even makes a cameo.
While it’s a light, easy and breezy song (and video), for a 12-year-old, some are saying it’s a bit too much too soon. Some of the lyrics include, “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…”
Folks on Twitter had a lot to say about the subject matter being a bit too mature for her, while others pointed out that her boyfriend in the video, along with a lot of the other young people in it, were much older than Smith. According to Huffington Post, the video also appears to have a young lesbian couple in it too. All of these things for one reason or another has raised the eyebrows of some folks, as they believe that a 12-year-old shouldn’t be out here worried about such things.
Patrick Wanis, a human behavior expert seemed the most bothered by it all, and he tried to come for Will and Jada:
“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. She is not mature enough mentally or emotionally to be boasting that she and her ‘fling’ are walking ‘the beach at midnight.’
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. While children might rebel, they actually need boundaries, discipline, guidance and wisdom. And the Smiths are obviously not doing that.”
But after hearing the song and watching the video a few times, I personally didn’t really get that inappropriate of a vibe from it all. Maybe it’s because she just doesn’t seem 12 to me (don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing). I think my biggest issue was with her jumping on the trampoline in a swimsuit bottoms. But honestly, Willow, along with her brother and friends, just look like they’re trying to have innocent fun. And the song is actually pretty good. Yet and still, I’m not a parent so my view of things is probably a lot different than folks who are raising pre-teens.
What do you think? Is the song a bit too much for a 12-year-old?
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