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Willow Smith’s ‘Whip My Hair’ is about ‘being yourself’

A stupid song by a 9-year-old about playing with her hair is now a song trumpeting empowerment and self-confidence. Who put these words in Willow Smith’s mouth?

“Having my Warriorettes there, my best friends caring — Jade, Angel Punky, they’re just all my best friends — and my family there just made it even better,” Willow told MTV News about the shoot when she stopped by Tuesday (October 19).

“Me and my friends were touching the oranges, ’cause they were, like, real oranges but they were spray-painted,” she said. “It was gooey,” she added, turning up her nose at the recollection.

” ‘Whip My Hair’ means don’t be afraid to be yourself,” Smith explained, “and don’t let anybody tell you that that’s wrong. Because the best thing is you.”

I got excited when Willow mentioned the Warriorettes. I thought she was talking about the cheerleaders for the Warriors but then she mentioned Jade and Angel Punky and my heart melted. No, wait. It seethed with anger. Why does a 9-year-old need a nickname like Angel Punky? What does that even mean? The day I call a 9-year-old “Angel Punky” is the day I get arrested for punching a kid in the face.

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