Here's W. Smith doing her whippin' thing. In Teen Vogue. A choice quote from the interview: "She has a team of stylists, hairdressers and makeup artists she calls “her crew.” While this would be annoying to hear about any other 10-year-old, she’s all: “I wear anything I feel like. If I want to put on a pair of Converse with a pencil stuck through them, I will.”
The author, Terry McMillan, said "The Smith children already act like child stars. There’s an arrogance in their demeanor and behavior. I find it incredibly sad," McMillan wrote Wednesday. "It feels like the Smith children are being pimped and exploited. Or, they’re already hungry for fame. What about 4th grade? A lot of A-list movie stars shielded their children from the Hollywood-world until they were old enough to decide. Look at those who didn’t. Look at Lindsay. Phoenix. To name but a few. They miss out on childhood. It’s more important than fame." And while one could perhaps, gently draw her attention to the incendiary nature of using the term "pimped" no sensible person cold have a beef with the meat of her argument, can you?
She continued, as quoted on ONTD: "Despite claims by Willow that she loves what she's doing, discussing the success of her single "Whip My Hair" in recent interviews, McMillan says it's all "total bullsh*t". "These kids don’t already know what they “love”. Total bullsh*t. They’re not prodigies. They think Hollywood is real," says McMillan. "Why don’t they do a remake of The Little Rascals and call it a day? Or, come up with an original film with some ethnic pride. Come on."
But this is Hollywood, where the heavy hitters are the kings and queens of the show and the writers? The thinkers? The likes of Terry McMillan was coerced, by a public outcry to issue an apology: "I apologize for using the word pimp and exploit in referring to the Smith children. It was insensitive of me and wrong. Twitter is not the best forum to express some things. I didn’t know folks would take my opinion so personally. It is amazing, though, how fast an unflattering comment gets retweeted versus one that’s flattering. I’m done with this issue. My opinion isn’t going to change anything. There are a lot more important things going on in the world right now. My Mama used to say: “They’ll talk about you if you do. And talk about you if you don’t. Let ‘em talk.” Some folks look for a reason to criticize you. They’re getting off on it and are saying much worse things than I did. I’ve got work to do. I hope everybody who has something important to do today besides worry about the Smith children, does it. And for those of you who were so offended by what I said or thought I was being disrespectful, unfollow me."