I never thought I’d find a reason to write about Willow Smith, but here we are. While I loved the idea of 2010′s Whip My Hair (the idea being that little girls should probably only sing songs like that), I wasn’t downloading the song onto my anything and I don’t know any of the words… other than the obvious lyrics. Uh I whip my hair back and forth… I’ll have to look up the others on DirectLyrics when I get a sec. But I Am Me is different. I’m tempted to call it adorable, but that’s not fair. The lyrics are powerful–and it doesn’t technically matter that they were written by a young girl– and the voice is beautiful. Naturally, she’s still getting some viral hate, but not from me. Listening sesh going down inside!
Willow Smith: I Am Me
We’re all entitled to our opinions and everything… but some of the reactions I’ve read to this song are a bit silly. People seem mad to hear a little girl of ‘privilege’ singing about the desire to be free, and I think that’s unfair. Just because her parents are Will and Jada Smith that doesn’t make her free of all of the worlds many isms and it clearly doesn’t make her free of judgement. I wonder if people would have slammed this song (that I find to be kind of beautiful) if it had been sung by a little girl on American Idol or The Voice or any of those shows. I mean, if any other little girl– who didn’t come from money– sang this, would the reactions be the same? I’m speaking of some of the comments I’m seeing on blogs like HuffPost and E! Online, where people are just slamming her! For what? She’s 11 and she’s singing a nice song! Who cares if she’s got privilege? I mean, in another conversation I would care because class is a huge issue, but not in this conversation. Not in a conversation about the I Am Me video.
And I get that it’s annoying to see a kid whose parents clearly have money dressed like a kid whose parents maybe don’t have that much money. Lol, but I went to SLC. So I know lots of kids whose parents have money and 75% of them shop at thrift stores. I’m over it.
Still. Everyone is entitled to their opinions so of course I’m waiting to hear all of yours! Do you love this song and suddenly want to go listen to Christina Aguilera‘s Beautiful, or are you a little put off by little Ms. Willow Smith getting all love-preachy and deep?
Sidenote: Will she ever not look like her papa? Oh my god, she is Will Smith! Love it.
Side side note: “I hope you like this song,” followed by “Yolo,” is how everyone should end every music video. IMO.