Willow Smith’s fake piercing causes tongues to wag

Willow Smith released this weekend an Instagram photo of herself with what appeared to be her tongue pierced.  Despite her friend posting a similar photo with the hashtags “#fake #dontjudge #justhavingfun,” the judging did begin. (Here’s the original photo.)

From The Huffington Post:

“ ‘That awkward moment when you find out Willow Smith has a tongue piercing. She’s 11,” one person tweeted. “

“Let’s not forget the presumed lack of parental guidance in this situation. Another person chimed in on Twitter to point a finger at Will and Jada, tweeting: “Willow Smith is 11 and has a tongue ring. WHERE ARE HER PARENTS?” “

As cool as Will and Jada may seem, it’s hard to believe they would green-light this venture — and they would have to under California state underage piercing laws. “

“Thankfully they didn’t. Just as the hoopla surrounding the pic reached a fever pitch, Willow admitted the piercing was just a hoax: “It’s fake… Sorry,” she added to the Instagram photo. “

Would her parents be down with it in theory? E! thinks so based on a previous interview Will Smith gave to Parade magazine.

From E! Online News:

“When you have a little girl, it’s like how can you teach her that you’re in control of her body? If I teach her that I’m in charge of whether or not she can touch her hair, she’s going to replace me with some other man when she goes out in the world,” he explained.

“She can’t cut my hair but that’s her hair. She has got to have command of her body,” he added. “So when she goes out into the world, she’s going out with a command that is hers. She is used to making those decisions herself. We try to keep giving them those decisions until they can hold the full weight of their lives.”

So what do you think? Did you see the first photo? Did you think it was real? Did you think there was bad parenting going on? Would you allow piercings? What do you think of Will’s theory that girls need to learn they are in control of their bodies not some “man”?

42 comments Add your comment

Orlando

June 26th, 2012
6:39 am

Shame on will and Jada, I blame them for Willow’s wild antics. She needs a good whippin, that will remind her that she is 11, not 21. Let those kids be kids and enjoy the fruits of Will’s hard work. Why put them to work so early? It’s not like they need the money. Her and Jaden will be in rehab by 16.

scallywag

June 26th, 2012
6:58 am

We must not forget though that Willow is the product of fame and fortune, and for those lucky ones who fall under that category, different rules apply.

Willow can shave her head, strut her stuff and pierce her entire face, because at the end of the day she’s Will Smith’s daughter and therefore a hawt bixch.

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2012/06/11-year-old-willow-smith-braces-tongue-ring-huh/

Augusta

June 26th, 2012
7:42 am

Who gives a rat’s pattootie about what a celebrity does? They do not live in the real world, nor do their kids.

I do not let celebrities or their stupidness rule my life. I won’t want TV celebrity gossip shows. I really don’t get a darn what they do. I have my own life to live, my own kids to raise, and I don’t understand why people are so infatuated with celebrities, They are all a bunch of idiots anyway. Half of Hollywood suport Obama. Another reason not to like them.

Voice of Reason

June 26th, 2012
7:45 am

I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth.

So, can I just repeat the exact same phrase over and over again in a song and make millions of dollars?

Augusta

June 26th, 2012
7:45 am

Oh and don’t get me started on tweeting. That is the MOST insepid nonsense. I don’t “follow” anyone, and I don’t want anyone “following” me.

Voice of Reason

June 26th, 2012
7:49 am

@Augusta,

LOL, as someone with over 1000 followers myself, nothing is wrong with Tweeting, you just have to build an audience who wants to listen to what you have to say, it takes time.

Orlando

June 26th, 2012
7:49 am

@Augusta, use spell check! And leave Obama out of this, who cares if you dont like him!

Obama 2012……….

Augusta

June 26th, 2012
8:02 am

Romney 2012!!!!!!. Get that SOCIALIST out of the white house!!

K's Mom

June 26th, 2012
8:29 am

Willow Smith is obnoxious and has been for quite some time, but so is her mother. I agree that she will likely be in big trouble at some point in her teenage years, although I think a fake toungue ring is fairly harmless, just totally tacky on a little kid.

Voice of Reason

June 26th, 2012
8:37 am

@Orlando and Augusta,

In regards to Obama vs Romney when you are choosing between the lesser of two evils, that really is not a choice, it is a severe lack of options.

The system is broken and I don’t know what the answer is. I bet that there are probably not enough decent people left in politics to fix it.

mike

June 26th, 2012
8:49 am

Interesting how all the morons have comments, advice and blame for Will and Jada. You have nothing to say about all the elected idiots trying to legislate what grown women can do with their bodies. Whether you morons understand or don’t get it is really not important to Will and Jada and their family.

Roberta Higginbotham

June 26th, 2012
8:49 am

Oh, Augusta, everything you don’t agree with is stupid, everyone else is an idiot, and you’re perfect. Stop judging. Also, blow the dust off your dictionary and look up the meaning of Socialism.

Regular poster remaining anonymous

June 26th, 2012
9:00 am

Thank you, Voice of Reason and Roberta.

Techmom

June 26th, 2012
9:03 am

When did this become a political issue? Some of you people are worse than my mother-in-law; does everything have to be about politics & religion?!!

She’s 11, she has power because people follow her, she’s part of the Jack@$$ generation and they do things to get a laugh and attention.

Jessica

June 26th, 2012
9:22 am

Yes, kids should have control of their own bodies — to an extent. They are children, which means that they lack the maturity and life experience to make certain decisions for themselves. They are too young to make decisions about permanent body modifications like piercings and tattoos, or risky activities like skydiving. As parents, we don’t ‘own’ our children, but we have an obligation to protect them. Sometimes, we have to protect them from their own poor judgment.

Me

June 26th, 2012
9:24 am

Although perhaps a bit extreme, this appears to be nothing more than a couple of kids having fun while technically doing notihng really wrong in spite of any “appearance” to the contrary. Do I agree with it? Not really. Would I want my daughter(s) doing the same? No.
But, as previously stated, it is Hollywood, etc. and there is far worse they literally could have done.

JOD

June 26th, 2012
9:29 am

@Jessica – Agree. Some kids always want to push the boundaries, so if you have a fake tongue ring at 11, what will she be pushing for at 16? Yes, kids want to ‘express themselves’, and parents have to draw the line somewhere.

@Techmom – Agree. I have some family members that bring politics into EVERYTHING! At every family function, at some point I just excuse myself to do the dishes…

I’m not a fan of tongue rings at any age, but a fake one sounds stupid, uncomfortable, and is a probably a choking risk.

A

June 26th, 2012
9:35 am

Obama 2012!!!

Really?

June 26th, 2012
9:35 am

I fail to understand how a kid playing with a fake tongue ring automatically means she’s going to be in rehab?

catlady

June 26th, 2012
9:55 am

Is this some little girl in your neighborhood? I would think her parents would take care of it.

Stacey

June 26th, 2012
9:59 am

When I saw the photo yesterday of Willow’s pierced tongue I thought it was a real piercing and was upset with her parents. Knowing that it is a hoax, I am relieved to know that her parents have a little more sense and control than I gave them credit for. For the most part, I disagree with Will’s statement that he has no right to control what his minor child does with her body. As a parent, I think you have an obligation to teach your children what to do with there bodies (including hair, piercings and tattoos) based on your values and guidelines. I don’t have a daughter but I require my son (11) to keep his hair cut to what I consider to be a decent length but he is allowed to pick the style. He wants to wear cornrows or twists like my nephew but because I as his parent don’t like braids on boys/men, he is not allowed to wear them until he 18. Same goes for earrings and tattoos. I’m not saying anything is morally wrong with any of those things but since I (his mother) disapprove of them, he is not allowed to wear them.

Orlando

June 26th, 2012
10:21 am

@really? its not just the tongue ring, its a whole lot of bad behavior on her part that will land her in rehab. Did anyone see how disrespectful she was to Oprah? A series of fast living can land anyone in rehab, especially a child. So, before you judge my words, understand what i am saying!

A different view

June 26th, 2012
10:27 am

I have a slightly different take on this. I remember fake tattoos being the huge thing in my preteen and early teen years. I had tons of them. As an adult, I have real tattoos, but with one small exception, they are where they cannot be seen in a business setting. And if push came to shove, I can cover the one on my wrist up with a wide watch or bracelet. Temporary tattoos and piercings are just a way of finding your own style. I agree with Will that he doesn’t want her to think that others have control of her body, and he doesn’t say that he never gives his opinion.

Techmom

June 26th, 2012
10:34 am

I wonder about the rise in tattoos on teenagers. Even “good” kids are getting them. My son wrestles so I really starting noticing during this past wrestling season. It used to only be one or two boys but it’s almost commonplace now and a lot of the older teenagers/college students at church have them. Although they are “good” tattooes (Bible verses, Christian symbols, etc.), I still wish they would wait until they were older to do something so permanent.

One of my cousins who is close to my son’s age (my son just turned 17 and the cousin will be 17 in August) just asked her mom if she could get one for her birthday. Because she wants a Biblical tattoo, her mom said she didn’t feel like it was a bad thing & said yes as long as she could approve what the tattoo was and where it would go. I get that it’s better than fad icon, but I still don’t think teenagers should get something they’ll have to live with forever. Plus I’m a little peeved b/c now my son is like, “Mom, even “cousin’s” parents are letting her get one!” Of course I got to pull out the old, “well I’m not “cousin’s” mom” saying.

taboo

June 26th, 2012
10:54 am

@ Augusta. You DO give a rat’s patootie or you would’nt be on this blog. You want to see an idiot, take a look in the mirror. And, even though President Obama has nothing to do with this blog, he is BY FAR the better candidate running in this election and will make you look EVEN MORE like the idiot you are when he wins AGAIN in 2012!! Peace!

dvanilla

June 26th, 2012
11:08 am

No one can cast stones at Will, Jada, and Willow Smith. Accept they cast stones at everyone who gets their tongues pierced.

jarvis

June 26th, 2012
11:21 am

Willow? The midget from the Ron Howard movie?
Ahh….the old days. When little people were dwarfs and Val Kilmer was handsome.

Obama

June 26th, 2012
11:25 am

Since I’m in Atlanta today, I just wanted to remind all that I corrected the recession with my stimulus spending. All is right in the world now…

Augusta

June 26th, 2012
11:48 am

@taboo – no need to resort to name calling, just because I don’t agree with your politics. I guess you are not able to accept anyone’s opinion if it differs from yours.

Maybe you need to open your mind and close your mouth.

Denise

June 26th, 2012
11:49 am

Are there rules about how old someone has to be before getting a tattoo even with a parent’s permission? I think we had an issue with that here a few months ago when a mother allowed her son to get a tattoo as a tribute to his brother’s memory. He was ~10 years old. I think she went to jail.

As for Willow’s fake tongue piercing, not my problem. I don’t like to see them on grown people so of course I do not want to see them on children but if in their family they allow for this type of self-expression, so be it. I disagree that Will should feel like he has no control over what his minor child does with her body but then again I do believe in some self-expression for children as long as it is neat and can be worn appropriately in all settings that a child/young adult will be in. For example, I’d say no to a pink mohawk because that would be inappropriate most places. But a bald head, why not?

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

June 26th, 2012
12:49 pm

Denise — I am pretty sure kids can’t get tattoos in Ga. at all even with a parent’s permission but I think laws differ state to state — the story said in Calif. kids can get piercings with permission — so it just depends on your state.

Techmom

June 26th, 2012
12:54 pm

@Denise, there are laws but it seems like I’m seeing more and more 16 & 17 year olds (i.e. still in HS) with tattoos than I ever remember seeing before and at that age, they do have to get parental permission. I don’t like all the rings and studs but at least those can be removed easily.

kay

June 26th, 2012
12:57 pm

The most I will let my daughter do is a fake tattoo and even then it needs to be Elmo, a butterly, a rainbow, Hello Kitty, etc and of course on an arm or some other tame part of the body.

A tongue ring, real or fake, is triflin and I blame the parents. AND….I don’t think an 11 yr old needs to be on social media at all.

Hawkeye Pierce

June 26th, 2012
1:08 pm

There is only ONE reason for a woman/girl to get a tongue piercing…..and every man just loves to see a girl with a tongue piercing. They know what kind of girl she is, and what she’s willing to do.

Figment

June 26th, 2012
1:57 pm

I believe the age in Georgia to get a tattoo is 18 but I could be wrong. I wanted tattoos when I was a young teenager (around 13 or so) but I waiting until I was 20 before I got one. While they can be removed (mostly) through lazer treatment, I wouldn’t recommend getting one unless you’re completely sure you want one. And then, think about it some more before you actually get one. My child will not have tattoos or piercings while he lives in my house. Nor will he have a strange hair syle or cut. When he’s an adult then he can decide what he wants to do with his body.

Techmom

June 26th, 2012
2:26 pm

Hmm, so I just looked it up and apparently there is no “parental permission” provision for tattoos in GA for anyone under the age of 18. BUT Florida does allow with parental permission.

FCM

June 26th, 2012
3:24 pm

I already told mine she can do the fake piercing next summer if she wants too. She’ll be 13. She dyed her hair pink this summer.

It is about allowing her to carefully discover who she is….she is not all asking to redye her hair now that the color is coming out. She has had earrings in/out for 5 years now.

redhousecat

June 26th, 2012
3:54 pm

OT – please don’t insult true socialism by adding Obama in association. A little education goes a long way.

Also, for folks who don’t care to have television, twitter is an excellent source of educational and practical headlines.

on topic, lastly, Society wastes entirely too much time worrying about the actions of celebrities and their spawn.

redhousecat

June 26th, 2012
3:56 pm

16-5-71 G *** CODE SECTION *** 10/15/99 16-5-71. (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to tattoo the body of any person under the age of 18, except that a physician or osteopath licensed under Chapter 34 of Title 43, or a technician acting under the direct supervision of such licensed physician or osteopath, and in compliance with Chapter 9 of Title 31 shall be authorized to mark or color the skin of any person under the age of 18 by pricking in coloring matter or by producing scars for medical or cosmetic purposes. (b) Any person violating the provisions of subsection (a) of this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

mom

June 27th, 2012
8:29 am

@redhousecat – thank you – my 16 year old went behind my back and got a tattoo…their choices are now this – 1. Provide me with the name of the place that did this and I will press charges and make them pay for the tattoo removal or 2. Confiscate 1/2 of their paycheck each week to pay for the removal themselves.

lisa

June 27th, 2012
3:20 pm

mom – If your child got a tatoo without your permission, you have bigger troubles than just getting the tatoo removed.

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