Blogs are freaking out about eleven-year-old Willow Smith debuting what looks to be a tongue ring in this photo on the Tumblr jadensmithiloveyou. (It probably originated on a friend’s Twitter, but it’s definitely not one of Willow’s twitpics.) Depending on the blog, writers have taken exception with Willow’s young age, calling her troubled, wondering whether her parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith signed off on this piercing, and even pointing out that technically it’s illegal in California for a minor to get a piercing without parental permission.
Except, this is Willow Smith we’re talking about. The preteen who whipped her hair back and forth, then shaved off all that hair just because she could. Who headlines sold-out concerts and is being hailed as a pint-sized fashion icon. It doesn’t matter if her famous parents or California law say that she can’t get a piercing; if she wants one, it’s gonna happen. That’s how fame works. I also don’t understand why so much outrage. Yes, tongue piercings are one of the more daring choices in the piercing arsenal, but is it that much more radical than dyeing your hair and/or shaving it all off?
It’s difficult to envision Willow as an eleven-year-old because she just comes off as so much more mature. If it were my sister or cousin at that age, of course I’d want to yank the piercing out myself. But celebrity kids inhabit a whole different universe. Or maybe this is just a magnetic piercing and Willow’s fucking with all of us.
Photo: jadensmithiloveyou on Tumblr