Willow Smith Gets A Haircut!!!
Normally, on a Friday, the number of visitors to my blog plummets like a stone. Last week, the difference between Thursday and Friday was more than a fifty percent cut. However, when I woke up this Saturday morning, my Friday closed with the highest numbers of the week. Not that I don’t appreciate the big boost in numbers. Having an audience interested in anything I had to say helps to give me a reason to write. Having a larger audience gives me even more of a reason, although I will forever claim that I write because I have something to say and would do it if no one would ever come to my blog. But whenever I see an anomaly in the numbers, I need to know what’s driving the sudden interest.
A quick look at the stats showed a sudden spike in attention for my article about Will Smith and how he was trying to promote his daughter Willow as the next Paris Hilton (Willow Smith’s Role Model Is Paris Hilton). Written almost two years ago, the article never got much attention in a single day. But yesterday, the article got a fifteen hundred percent increase in hits over its next highest day. And if the numbers this morning are any indication, today will have even more hits.
Obviously Willow Smith is in the news. The first thought in my mind was I hope nothing happened to the little girl. I caught a glimpse of the Smith family during President Barack Obama’s address when he received the Nobel Peace Prize. My concern for the girl was piqued. I went to Yahoo! News to get the latest word. Willow Smith’s name was right there in the headlines as the site came up on the browser. What was all the big news? Willow Smith had a new hairstyle. According to the entertainment news article, little Willow was sporting a do in the style of Rihanna. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith made a big show in Norway by hosting a Peace Prize Concert on Mr. Obama’s behalf and Willow, speaking Mandarin, introduced Chinese pianist Lang Lang.
Somebody is working awfully hard to make Willow Smith an entertainment superstar. At age nine, she already has three movies under her belt. As far as her acting ability goes, I have to admit I’m not qualified to judge her. The only acting I saw of her was the fifteen seconds or so she appeared in I Am Legend. But if she’s to be recognized for her “work” in this particular movie, there are infant actors around the globe that should be recognized for their ability to cry on cue or whatever. A fifteen second appearance in a mediocre or acceptable movie doesn’t make for a superstar. But the handlers of the Smith children are pulling out all the stops. Willow’s brother Jaden Smith is in a remake of The Karate Kid and the Karate Kid opposite Jackie Chan as Mr. Kesuke Miyagi. Was he truly the best actor for the job or did someone pull a few strings to put him in the lead role.
Superstar Will Smith and his famous wife Jada Pinkett Smith are working hard to turn their daughter Willow and her equally popular but ambiguously talented, at least from an acting perspective, brother Jaden into tomorrow’s stars. But without a natural inclination for acting it takes time to develop such talent. And that should be okay. A lot of famous people had children that had to learn their acting profession. They didn’t just come out the box swinging homeruns and were able to pull the crowds to make a movie a box office success.
Willow Smith getting a haircut is probably the last thing I would have ever imagined people coming to my blog to see. This ain’t no do blog. Although I did write one article about people getting their locks cut for their initiations into the ancient African spirituality many moons ago, the last thing I want people to associate me with is somebody’s hairdo.
And I also hope people won’t be stopping here to see what I have to say about the latest drama from some black actor in Hollywood or some black rapper on the east coast. While those things might be entertaining for a hot minute or two, the way some people follow celebrity gossip it is a wonder that they can follow the drama in their own life let alone anything else. I don’t mean to contribute to anybody being distracted from what is actually happening in this world. If people come to my blog to read about Willow Smith I hope it is with the intention of learning a little something about how this product of two black parents grows up so removed from the black community. And that’s a crying shame.
Instead of their parents pushing her to be the next American Idol, maybe they should push her to know a little something about what it means to be part of the black community in America these days. With every day that passes the Smith family acts more and more like the fictional family of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air from Will Smith’s first regular acting gig. And every single day that passes Jaden and Willow Smith are acting more and more like the entitled children Hillary Banks and Carlton Banks.