I’ve got to be honest with everyone. There were a few years there where I thought Willow Smith might not make it. Not literally not make it, but not make it out of her childhood in one piece. In the past few years she went went from being the kid of a celebrity to a child star with a hit single to a controversial fashion icon. Keep in mind that this all happened before she even hit puberty.
Remember “Whip My Hair“? Or all those quotes from Jada Pinkett-Smith where she’s like, “we don’t parent our children, we friend them! And friends wouldn’t force friends to go to school, so we don’t do that! That’d be totally lame, right Willow? God, I love when she ignores me like that, so fresh!”
But now we’re happily hearing reports from her father Will Smith that she dropped out of the Annie remake so she can go back to just being a kid.
“Willow was supposed to be doing Annie; we got Jay-Z to do the movie, got the studio to come in and Willow had such a difficult time on tour with Whip My Hair and she said, ‘You know Daddy, I don’t think so…’ and I said, ‘Baby, hold up!’ I said, ‘No, no, no, listen, you’ll be in New York with all of your friends and Beyonce (Jay-Z’s wife) will be there. You will be singing and dancing,’ and she looked at me and said, ‘Daddy, I have a better idea. How about I just be 12?’
While I think Will Smith told this story because he thought it would be a cute anecdote, he kinda comes off as a horrible father who’s somewhat pissed that his daughter didn’t appreciate all his hard work.
Also what a name dropper! We know you’re famous Will Smith, no need to rub it in our faces that you’re famous enough to force Jay-Z to make a movie with you. It’s kinda in poor taste. Besides you look pretty desperate shoving Beyonce’s name in that sentence about Willow being with her friends. We both know Beyonce and Willow aren’t friends. They’re like 20 billion years apart.
But Will’s horrid parenting aside, I’m happy Willow’s taking time off from working and giving herself a chance at a normal childhood. If all goes according to plan, her short-lived “Whip my Hair” fame will just be a funny story she’ll tell her friends in the future. And Will and Jada’s silly attempt to live vicariously through their children will be a family joke to be told around Thanksgiving tables for years to come.
(Photo: Felipe Ramales, PacificCoastNews.com)