I don’t know if I’ve really admitted it on here, in a way that made the full extent of this interest clear, but I am kind of really, really into celebrity gossip. Yeah. It’s one of my guilty pleasures. I know it’s pretty ridiculous; there’s wars going on and, you know, *actual important shit*, and celeb gossip is just inane, but there it is.
My favorite gossip blog by far is Dlisted, and today I finally succumbed and watched Willow Smith’s “Whip My Hair” video. You can watch it here, but if you value your longevity, I seriously suggest that you don’t. Four minutes and eight seconds later, and a decade’s been taken off my life. I don’t even know where to *begin*, there’s so much wrong about this, on different levels. Nine-year-olds singing about – and quite possibly actually, in real life – dancing in clubs? Nine-year-olds driving? Underage girls gyrating like Tawny Kitaen and dry-humping the floor? The super-obnoxious repetition of that screeched “I whip my hair back and forth”? The fact that the singer is nine, and therefore her voice will almost certainly change as she ages? I mean, it’s not a bad voice, but it’s a kid’s voice, so I don’t know that this song (or any others on her first album) will be in her repertoire very long. The fact that I don’t even know how this could possibly be performed live, although maybe there’s no plan to ever have her perform live, but then what’s the point of being a musician, but that’s just my opinion? And this is just the tip of the wrongness iceberg. I’m not all dislike, though: I do like the underlying sentiment, which seems to be “Fuck the haters, ladies, don’t let them get you down”; and I certainly have to give Willow Smith mad props for carving out a music career at the tender age of nine, and getting signed and having a video (although that might have something to do with her family connections, but whatevs). I wouldn’t let *my* kid do this, but then I’m never having kids, so I kind of feel like, “Get it, girl.” If she can convince people to get into this, then why the fuck not, and kudos to her.
But I really should have known better than to watch it. It’s my own fault my life’s been shortened, but just…damn.