Some controversial pictures of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s young daughter sent the internet into pandemonium earlier this week and now, Jada has fired back to say that her daughter, Willow Smith, does whatever she wants. On Wednesday, the 42-year-old singer and actress blasted back at the public, calling them out as pedophiles for twisting the images into a sexual matter. It was not a surprising response as Jada and Will have both said in the past that they choose not to have much influence on how their children live their lives.
On Monday, May 5, images began to circulate of Willow, age 13, and actor Moises Arias, age 20, lying in bed together. The pictures, shared on Arias’ Instagram, show Willow posed near Arias as he leans against a nearby wall. He is shirtless in both pictures and she is covered by a blanket. Not surprisingly, people began talking, citing the difference in age between the two. Arias eventually removed the images from the social media site, but they are still accessible on his personal website.
Photographers from TMZ managed to catch up with Jada Pinkett Smith on Wednesday as she entered the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Naturally, she was asked about the questionable shots. “Here’s the deal,” she explained. “There was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation. You guys are projecting your trash onto it and you’re acting like covert pedophiles. That’s not cool.”
It might come as a shock that Jada Pinkett Smith called out the general public as being wrong, but it is not the first time she has done this. She and her husband have taken similar stances regarding other personal choices their children have gone through.
In late 2012, a then 12-year-old Willow decided to cut off nearly all of her hair. Many people wondered how her parents would allow such a drastic transformation. Pinkett Smith took to her Facebook page to comment on the backlash and said that she has no guidelines when it comes to Willow doing whatever she wants, including her personal style choices.
“I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind are her domain,” she wrote. “Willow cut her hair because her beauty, her value, her worth is not measured by the length of her hair.”
Her husband Will Smith, has also spoken out on the way they choose to raise their children, which include Willow’s older brother, Jaden, who is 15 and her half-brother Trey, who is now 21. In a March 2013 interview with Haute Living, the 45-year-old actor shared his view that many African-American families treat their kids as if their children do not have separate lives to lead.
“That was a major part that Jada and I released with our kids,” he said. “We respect our children the way we would respect any other person.”
As for the pictures of Willow and Moises, insiders say that there is nothing to worry about. Arias, who co-starred on the Disney show Hannah Montana, has been friends with the Smith family for many years. Just days following the controversy, he was seen spending time with 15-year-old Jaden and a group of friends. The world may find the situation questionable, but past events have shown that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are going to continue to allow Willow Smith to do whatever she wants.
By Jonathan Brown