Willow Smith Opens up About Voting for the First Time — ‘I Literally Was Almost in Tears’
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s daughter, Willow Smith, is finally old enough to vote. However, it wasn’t as exciting as she thought it would be. The first time she went to vote, she explained during the latest Facebook Watch Red Table Talk, that she was “almost in tears.”
How old is Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s daughter, Willow Smith?
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith helped their daughter begin acting and singing at a young age. Willow Smith began her acting career in 2007, at the age of 7, in the movie I Am Legend, which she starred in with her father, Will Smith. One year later, she starred in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl alongside Abigail Breslin.
At the age of 10, Willow began her musical career with her single, “Whip My Hair.” She became the youngest artist signed to Jay-Z’s record label, Roc Nation, in 2010.
Since 2018, Willow collaborated with her mother and grandmother, Adrienne “Gammy” Norris-Banfield, to produce their Facebook Watch Red Table Talk. The series features three generations of women coming together to talk about challenging situations such as racism, sex, and addictions.
Willow Smith will turn 20-years-old on Oct. 31, 2020.
Willow opens up about her experience voting for the first time
In a new Red Table Talk, out on Oct. 6 on Facebook Watch, Willow discusses her feelings about voting and how she thinks our country could improve the experience. Rapper and movie star Ice Cube, political commentator Van Jones, and NFL star Brandon Marshall all join Willow, Jada, and Gammy for this episode.
“The first time I voted was the hands-down most stressful day,” Willow explains. “I literally almost was in tears because I didn’t understand. There’s so much here. Who are these people? What is their main focus?”
Brandon Marshall agrees with her, “That’s right.”
“I was lost, and I really agree with you that we need thorough education on how to vote, who is going to be on the ballot, and exactly what they stand for. It is very, very confusing,” Willow admits.
Fans have mixed feelings about Willow’s experience
“Educate yourself,” one fan wrote in the comments of the video. “This girl has every single resource at her disposal. She has no excuse to not know candidates and their positions. People are too lazy to do the footwork.”
However, many other commenters disagreed that Willow should have known everything going to vote the first time.
“Her larger point was, information on how to vote should be taught,” another fan defended Willow. “And we do, you know, pay taxes for public education, so she’s got a good point. Maybe covering this in a high school civics course, if those are even offered anymore, would be a good thing.”
Other viewers agreed that they were as confused as Willow when they voted for the first time.
“Willow, I totally agree with you,” one viewer wrote. “The first time I voted, I was lost as well. I got frustrated that I was doing mini-miney-moe on the rest of the choices. I don’t know who I was voting except for the presidential candidate and the Vice President candidate. That was horrible!”
The rest of the new Red Table Talk will be available on Facebook Watch on Oct. 6, 2020, at noon ET.