The Internet is buzzing about Smith family pushing their children to become cash cows? Terry McMillan went on a rant on Twitter knocking Will and Jada Pinkett Smith for their pimping photo shoot of their kids. I don’t see anything wrong with the Smith family pursuing nor nurturing their children dreams and life goals while they are young. If not them? Then who else is going to do it for them?
I believe all parents should take note and pay attention to how they raise their own children. The critics are the same folks who won’t stop long enough from getting their nails, toes and hair done to help their own child get to the next level. Whassup with that? What about those parents who let their children disrespect teachers everyday in the classroom who are trying to educate their children? Uh huh! Soon as a parent, namely a black parent put their child in the spotlight, you have folks talking out of pocket? I did not hear a peep when the Olsen Twins, Lindsay Lohan, Bieber , Britney Spears, and many Disney child stars grace our television screens until they got out of control….opinions are like behinds, everyone has one. Furthermore I don’t see any other child stars on the horizon….do you? By the way I love the camera gear Jaden Smith is holding during the photoshoot…wonder if he knows how to use it?
I don’t know anyone who can compare their lives to the Smith’s….they have a unique all American that is what dreams are made of story. Prevailed and keep it grinding. Some celebrity folks get to that level of success and lose their damn mind! I suppose with celebrity comes back biting, rumors, crab in the barrel mentality and just plain out opinionated folks.
Terry’s tweet but recanted later when it created an Internet firestorm bashing her comments. I suppose she really did not mean it the way it sound? I wonder when did a child’s confidence equal arrogance? The little Rascals with Buckwheat? Is she nuts? I hated the portrayal of Buckwheat. It is rude and condescending of folks for folks to attack the Pinkett Smith kids or anyone kids for that matter. Let the kids be themselves and let the parents do their job. I agree with Jezebel.
The Smith children already act like child stars. There’s an arrogance in their demeanor and behavior. I find it incredibly sad.
It feels like the Smith children are being pimped and exploited. Or, they’re already hungry for fame. What about 4th grade?
A lot of A-list movie stars shielded their children from the Hollywood-world until they were old enough to decide. Look at those who didn’t.
Look at Lindsay. Phoenix. To name but a few. They miss out on childhood. It’s more important than fame.
These kids don’t already know what they “love”. Total bullshit. They’re not prodigies. They think Hollywood is real.
Why don’t they do a remake of The Little Rascals and call it a day? Or, come up with an original film with some ethnic pride. Come on.
Okay. I’ve said enough about the Smith children. I’m not debating about them. It’s just my opinion. People can justify anything, though. In 4th grade my son came home complaining that the kids in his school said I was famous and rich. I told him that was not true.
That some of my books were popular but not everybody liked them. That we could afford a vacation. “Oh” he said, and went back & repeated it. I wanted him to think of me as his mother. He didn’t read any of my novels until he was 15. He only read 26 pages. Was bored.
Have a wonderful Wednesday everybody. I raised my son. I’m not wasting another minute worrying about how Will & Jada are raising their kids.
P.S. I loved the Karate Kid.
I am not getting started on the lack of diversity in film this afternoon. The Smith children was enough discourse for one day.
She later apologized:
I apologize for using the word pimp and exploit in referring to the Smith children. It was insensitive of me and wrong. Twitter is not the best forum to express some things. I didn’t know folks would take my opinion so personally. It is amazing, though, how fast an unflattering comment gets retweeted versus one that’s flattering. I’m done with this issue. My opinion isn’t going to change anything.
There are a lot more important things going on in the world right now. My Mama used to say: “They’ll talk about you if you do. And talk about you if you don’t. Let ‘em talk.” Some folks look for a reason to criticize you. They’re getting off on it and are saying much worse things than I did. I’ve got work to do. I hope everybody who has something important to do today besides worry about the Smith children, does it.
And for those of you who were so offended by what I said or thought I was being disrespectful, unfollow me.