Willow Smith, the twelve-year-old pop star daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, has released a new single, ‘#SUMMERFLING,’ as part of the group Melodic Chaotic.

In Melodic Chaotic, Willow’s newest venture into the music world, Willow collaborates with D.J. ‘MVSIC’ Fabrega to create the catchy summer jam. But, while the music video (released earlier this week) has reached almost 1 million views on YouTube, critics are slamming the song and video for being too sexual for the tween singer sensation.

“The video is called ‘Summer Fling’ but it might just as well be called Lolita. It’s outrageous,” Carole Lieberman, a psychologist, told the TODAY show, echoing the concerns of some parents who worry that the song endorses tweens having casual sex.

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb addressed the controversy on TODAY. The talk show hosts did not take specific issue with the video itself, or Willow Smith’s role in it, but rather, the two women found it symptomatic of the sexualization of young kids.

“What bothers me…is when kids can’t even have a childhood anymore. I mean, twelve years old and kids are already lying on the beach and kissing…I’m concerned that we’re raising an entire generation that have been sexualized when they’re still young,” said Kathie Lee.

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Willow Smith made a splash in the music scene in 2010, when she released her first single, “Whip My Hair.” Neither her, nor her famous parents have released a comment responding to the growing controversy.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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