I am in no way a fan of Willow Smith or the other Smith kid for that matter. I think they’re very weird. I’m sure this will come as a surprise because I’m getting ready to defend Willow Smith. I don’t understand the big hoopla surrounding Willow choosing to sing a song about a summer fling at the ripe age of 12. I listened to the song, read the lyrics, and watched the video. I don’t have an issue with the content of the song, especially considering that I am a big fan of Michael Jackson’s rendition of “Who’s Lovin’ You.” He sang the hell out of that song! The only issue I had surrounding the Willow Summer Fling song was the video. The actors in the video were in my opinion, significantly older. In that sense, I think the concept of a summer fling may have appeared more adult-like even though the actions of everyone in the video were very juvenile.
I think adults that have an issue with the song are thinking more deeply into what they believe to be inappropriate for a child to sing. A fling doesn’t have to result in a sexual encounter in order for it to be considered a fling. A fling can simply be a brief romantic relationship. Girls at the age of 12, I’m sure have already started forming crushes on boys they see on television, in class or at summer camp. Acting on those feelings, could be as innocent as holding hands, pecks on the cheeks and/or hanging out. Any of those things could be considered romantic.
I don’t think Willow was thinking about a summer fling in the context of a brief sexual encounter like what Danny Zuko told his friends had occurred between he and Sandy in the movie, Grease. I think her idea of a summer fling would be more of what actually happened according to Sandy Olsen in that same movie. Yes, I know that Sandy and Danny were in high school, but puppy love and crushes happen, in some cases, way before then. Plus, I’m sure Will and Jada wouldn’t condone her singing about sex at the age of 12.
Now, I’m not going to pretend as if I don’t understand where people are coming from because I do. However, like many other forms of art, things aren’t always what they seem. I’ll leave it to you to form your own opinion though.
If for some strange reason you’ve never heard Michael Jackson’s cover of “Who’s Lovin’ you,” here you go: