Willow Smith, You're Cute. Now Go Back to the Playground.

Willow SmithOh, Willow.

Honey, you're pretty. You're talented.


I really don't want to see a girl your age whipping her hair in music videos or modeling for Teen Vogue or attending multiple red carpet events and striking poses for the paparazzi.

Ten is a precious year.

It's the year for climbing trees, having sleepovers, playing with dolls, and reading books. Ten is the year to feel your understanding begin to grow and to let your imagination soar.

Ten is not the year to become a pop sensation. Or wear makeup. Or become addicted to your smartphone.

But it's not your fault that you're doing these things at ten.

It's the fault of your parents.


Jada and Will, I've loved both of you for years. Maybe that's why I'm so disappointed to see you allow your young daughter to be the pawn in what's obviously a multimillion-dollar publicity stunt.

Perhaps Willow really is destined to be a star. Couldn't you have shielded her from the spotlight at least until she was 15 or 16? Did it have to be ten?

As the mom of a 6-year-old, I'm already struggling to raise her in a society that's encouraging her to grow up too fast. I would think that you, as parents who both know the ugly side of show business, would have my back.

But no. Not only are you adding to the already grotesquely swollen ranks of child stars masquerading as adults, but lately, it seems like you've been parading her out at every single stinking opportunity. I'm seeing your daughter everywhere I look.

I can't help but think that you're going to look back on this time and feel deep sadness and regret about immersing your daughter in the business at such a tender age. Ten was one of the best years of my life. I played outside with my friends from dawn until dusk. I rode my bike. I collected dolls. I read great children's literature. I ate popsicles.

For a few really splendid years, I was a kid.

It's too bad Willow's own childhood has been cut short.


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