Tuesday, October 19, 2010

If this doesn't make you want to whip your hair, nothing will: Willow Smith meets Sesame Street in electric new viral

Surely it wasn't that long ago that Willow Smith was watching Sesame Street herself.

Now her first single has been given a Sesame Street makeover - and the result has been electric.

A YouTube mash-up of nine-year-old Willow's 'Whip My Hair' has been set to footage of a Sesame Street skit entitled 'I Love My Hair'.

Two days on, the mash-up has gone viral - catapulting young Willow's first song into the stratosphere and taking the internet by storm.

The video also represents another viral success for Sesame Street after its clever parody of the infamous Old Spice man commercials - starring Grover. The original 'I Love My Hair' skit features a muppet singing about all the different ways she can wear her hair.

The message was meant to be a boost for young girls with African-American hair - an affirmation that their natural hair is beautiful and that they do not need long, straight hair to feel proud. The original has been viewed nearly 300,000 times on YouTube in the five days since it was posted there. Thousands of comments on the video were praising Sesame Street for the message.

But then Willow Smith released just a few lines from her new single 'Whip My Hair'.

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