Jada Pinkett-Smith has had enough with the media
Jada Pinkett-Smith is no stranger to voicing her opinion and letting people know how she feels. From rumors to her and husband Will Smith getting a divorce to the media attacking her children, teen stars Jaden Smith and Willow. Now, Mrs. Pinkett-Smith is fired up about the media attacking teen stars and holding them up to high expectations when the media disrespects them. Recently, Jada took to her facebook, writing about her frustrations on cyber bullying and the media attacking teen stars:
How can we ask for our young stars to have a high level of responsibility if we are not demonstrating that same level of responsibility towards them?
This last week, I had to really evaluate the communication in regard to our young artists in the media. I was trying to differentiate cyber-bullying from how we attack and ridicule our young stars through media and social networks. It is as if we have forgotten what it means to be young or even how to behave like good ol’ grown folk. Do we feel as though we can say and do what we please without demonstrating any responsibility simply because they are famous? Is it okay to continually attack and criticize a famous 19 year old who is simply trying to build a life, exercise his talents while figuring out what manhood and fame is all about as he carries the weight of supporting his family as well as providing the paychecks to others who depend on him to work so they can feed their families as well? Does that render being called a c–t by an adult male photographer as you try to return to your hotel after leaving the the hospital? Or what about our nine year old beautiful Oscar nominee who was referred to as a cunt as well? Or what about being a young woman in her early twenties, exploring the [intricacies] of love and power on the world stage? And should we shame a young woman for displaying a sense of innocence as she navigates through the murky waters of love, heartbreak, and fame?
Are these young people not allowed to be young, make mistakes, grow, and eventually transform a million times before our eyes? Are we asking them to defy the laws of nature because of who they are? Why can’t we congratulate them for the capacity to work through their challenges on a world stage and still deliver products that keep them on top. We all know how hard it is to keep our head above water, even in the privacy of our own homes let alone on the world stage. Imagine yourself, at their age, with the spotlights, challenges and responsibilities. Most of us would have fallen to the waste side before we could even get to a crashed Ferrari, a controversial romance, several heart breaks, or an Oscar nomination at NINE. We WISH we could have had the capacity to accomplish HALF of what they have accomplished along with ALL these challenges they face. But…maybe THAT’S the problem…we WISH we could have or even…we WISH we could.
Now, what could of have occurred to make Mrs. Smith post this blog, perhaps it is the recent incidents of Justin Beiber and the media. Justin Beiber is good friends with Jada’s son Jaden and the two have been seen hanging out together on several occasions. Or maybe it is the media attacks on her son Jaden and the recent photos of him out with Kylie Jenner. Rumors in Hollywood say the two teen stars are dating and there have been photos taken of the two ice skating together, out walking the streets in UK and having dinner together with dad Will Smith close by to supervise. Or perhaps Jada is tired of the attacks on her daughter Willow, whom some have criticized Willow on the way she dresses and acts.
Whatever may have inspired this blog, Jada Pinkett-Smith has every right to feel frustrated for she knows first hand the stress and strain the entertainment business can have on a young career. As she and husband Will Smith have both experienced some bad press and it can be expected that the Smiths are teaching their children how to bypass bad press and just be themselves.
-Kelly J Newson