Summertime and the flinging is easy. Er, if you're Willow Smith, that is. The 12-year-old daughter of Hollywood heavyweights Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith has just released a new music video, but she's singing a very adult tune.
The song, a collaboration with DJ MVSIC Fabrega (the duo call themselves Melodic Chaotic), is called "Summer Fling," and it features the hair-whipping tween singing about summer lovin'. Some critics -- especially in the child development community -- say the song isn't age-appropriate for Smith or her fans.
Lyrics include: "The bright sun and the blue water, we fight less and love harder… We both say I love you, but it's alright… I don't really care cause we got tonight, oh baby… Goodnight kisses if the mood is right, laying by the beach with you, wishing this will never end… It's only for the summer but we do it anyway."
Holy Donny Osmond! This ain't no "Puppy Love!"
Parenting expert Robyn Silverman told Yahoo! Music, "A summer fling is usually used to describe something physical, sexual, with no long-term attachment. People don't want to hear about 12-year-olds talking about good-night kisses. It feels out of place; too old and sexualized."
Indeed, while 12 seems to be the new 25, there are plenty of other things a tween girl could be doing other than focusing on a summer fling. A sampler:
* Instead of romping on the beach at night with some random boy, how about some daytime water action at the pool? Age 12 is a great time to take water safety or junior life-guarding courses.
* Kissing boys before you're even in high school leaves a sour taste in our mouths. If you want to be a real sour patch kid, why not set up a lemonade stand? You're never too old for that, especially if you donate the proceeds to charity.
* In an age of Minecraft, iPod apps, and mindless music videos, how about going really retro and hosting a good, old-fashioned board game tournament? Dust off that old Monopoly, Clue, or Parcheesi board and settle in for some old school fun that doesn't involve anything electronic.
* If you want to preserve your 12-year-old self, why not build and bury a time capsule? Put things in it that will remind you of this pivotal year between childhood and teendom. But don't bury that American Girl doll just yet.
* Shoot for the stars. While Willow likes to sing about midnight stargazing with her boy toy, why not shoot for the real stars? Volunteer, learn a foreign language (it will stay with you for life), play a summer sport, or start a band with your friends. Just don't sing about summer flings.