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.)
“ ‘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.
“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”?