Once you’re done wishing Jaden Smith a happy 15th birthday, I suggest you take a gander at his sister Willow Smith’s new music video for her duo Melodic Chaotic’s song “Summer Fling,” which was released this weekend. And then after that (or during, if you’re like me) I suggest you Google Willow Smith’s age. Actually, I’ll save you the trouble. She’s 12. T-W-E-L-V-E. So before you even see the video, the song title “Summer Fling” should send up all kinds of flags reading “inappropriate.” If Taylor Swift is in charge of making us feel like we’ve done the age 22 all wrong, I think Willow Smith must be in charge of doing that for the age 12. At age 12 the only summer flings I had existed in my head with various celebrities whose pictures I cut out of Tiger Beat. But beyond how weird it is that Willow is singing about having a “summer fling” with a young man who I’m pretty sure is too old for her (I’m bad at detecting kids’ ages) while at a pool party attended by teenagers, can we talk about that British accent of hers?
Here I was thinking it was all the rage to whip my hair back and forth while informing everyone through song that this is what I’m doing, and now I’m starting to suspect that’s not so cool any more. And for reasons other than the fact that I was banned from that restaurant because I “got hair in the other guests’ food.” Is speaking in a British accent the new thing to do? If you happen to already be British, congratulations, you’re already cool. If you’re not British, you might want to hire a dialect coach. Perhaps the one Taylor Swift used to help her accurately mock Harry Styles at the Grammys.
The video also features cameos from brother Jaden and a blonde wig, which Willow is kind enough to describe in the song by singing, “Got long hair but then short sides.” In other words, the hairstyle I gave my Barbie doll when I was four years old. She also holds a sparkler at one point without any adult supervision. I’m sorry, I think I need to go lie down and recover from this experience. Cheerio!