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Willow Smith's new video sparks controversy over sexual themes

Posted By VERONICA LINARES, UPI.com   |   July 12, 2013 at 7:58 AM  |  Updated July 12, 2013 at 12:44 PM   |   Comments

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July 12 (UPI) -- Willow Smith's new single "Summer Fling" has caused a stir among critics and fans because of the sexual themes featured in the song.

"Don't really care what we do tonight," Smith, 12, sings on the track. "Good night kisses if the mood is right, laying by the beach with you wishing this will never end."

In the clip, Will Smith's daughter is seen "holding hands and romping around with an actor who appears much older than her," the NY Daily News wrote. "At one point, the man picks Willow up-but commenters were alarmed at the use of the word 'fling,' inferring a relationship that's sexual in nature."

Fans have had mixed reactions to the tween's new clip. While many YouTube users have left messages pointing out that "she's just 12," others have stronger opinions on the matter.

"She doesn't write her own songs she doesn't pitchin ideas for her own videos, she isn't no artist. But she sure is setting new [expletive] standards for the new generation," YouTube user Leenafiisa commented on the video.

"Does it really matter? It's a nice song that shouldn't be taken 100% literally," wrote user Jamieson Deamer."

According to SheKnows.com, Smith's video has also been criticized for its lack of authenticity as the young singer speaks with a British accent at one point and sports a new blond hairstyle.

"She is recognized for her distinctive and interesting dress sense, so at least she remained true to herself in that respect," the She Knows pointed out.

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