Willow Smith slammed for ‘racist’ & ‘Islamophobic’ content in debut book

24 February 2022, 16:54

The artist and author has been labelled 'racist' and 'Islamophobic' over an excerpt in her forthcoming book 'Black Shield Maiden'.

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Willow Smith has come under fire for 'racist and islamophobic' content in her debut book titled 'Black Shield Maiden'.

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The 21-year-old artist-turned-author has received backlash after excerpts of her debut novel was released to the public.

Willow Smith is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer. She is the child of Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith.
Willow Smith is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer. She is the child of Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith. Picture: Getty

The novel, which is set to to land on October 4th, is about a a kidnapped female African warrior who was forced to live in a community of Vikings.

Smith co-authored with Jess Handel.

After Penguin Books (the fiction novel’s publisher) shared an excerpt from the book with hopes of promoting the book, it quickly backfired with many critics claiming it has racist and islamophobic content.

The excerpt read:

“The Amazigh are dangerous on their best day. They have little regard for anyone who doesn’t worship the Muslim god — and even their own tribes are always at war with one another.”

Many critics felt like the description did not represent the real-life Amazigh people, adding that there is racist and islamophobic messages in the message.

One critic took to Twitter and wrote: "Why the f**k does Willow Smith hate my people? Like this weird and specific and not ok, and I hate that this bigoted fictional character is gonna be the first introduction to Amazigh culture a lot of American audiences will experience."

Willow Smith has been criticised for misrepresenting Amazigh people and Muslims.
Willow Smith has been criticised for misrepresenting Amazigh people and Muslims. Picture: Instagram

A second user wrote: "The representation of Amazigh people in Willow Smith and Jess Hendel's forthcoming fantasy novel is unacceptable. @PenguinUKBooks should have hired sensitivity readers before publishing this book."

Another added: "Portraying Amazigh tribes as dangerous, thieves, murderers in your book is a shame. Your father has been welcome in Morocco like a prince. Amazigh people is one of the most peaceful people in the world, you portrayed them as savages. Shame on you !"

One user sarcastically wrote: "Me on my way to be a dangerous and savage amazigh who likes to do dangerous and savage things because willow smith and there yt co-writer said so".

See fans reactions below.

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