At first glance, it doesn’t appear that the photo is anything to get riled up about.
Willow is fully clothed and lying on a bed and a friend of hers is sitting in the corner.
While the young man doesn’t have a shirt on, he also isn’t making any contact with actor Will Smith’s daughter.
The controversy started after the identity of the man in the photo was revealed.
Willow’s friend is 20-year-old Moises Arias, an actor best known for his role as Rico on Disney’s Hannah Montana.
The backlash is not new for Willow.
The young starlet has been criticized for not dressing appropriately for her age, and making music that is too edgy for a young teen.
Some commenters on the photo asked why Willow was being allowed to hang out with a shirtless 20-year-old in a bedroom in the first place.
The Smiths have given their children more freedom than most American parents permit, and they have even been nonchalant about Willow’s education.
In a previous interview, Willow admitted that she doesn’t really go to school nor does she have time to do the lessons that her tutor provides.
“I never really get to go to school because I am always on tour or with my father,” she said. “There is a tutor most of the time, but usually I am working so I never get to do the lessons. The worst thing about math is all the kids are ahead of me because they go to school.”
Neither of Willow’s parents have spoken out about the Instagram photo, but the picture has since been deleted from Arias’s profile.