I’ll be the first to admit it.
Will and Jada Smith’s kids, Jaden and Willow, are a bit too weird for my taste. Listen, I’m here for the spacey type. Love me some Zoe Kravitz and Thundercat. But when it comes to the teens of Hollywood’s most famous Black couple, I’m not always here for their semi-entitled thoughts on world philosophy.
Nonetheless, they are kids. And they deserve the space to live and thrive.
For this exact reason, people are not here for a recent Op-Ed written by New York Post columnist Kyle Smith. The notoriously harsh critic railed in on the kids in a article called, “Any reasonable parent would be ashamed of Will Smith’s kids.” He makes his intentions clear from the jump.
“We don’t know for sure that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are the most horrible parents on Earth,” he starts off by saying. “But the case for that seems strong when you consider their überentitled, brainless, self-adoring, twaddle-spewing little munchkins.”
Adding, “Jaden’s primary activity these days seems to be trying to be the black Boy George, minus the talent… Who would raise kids to think they can make music better than any music written before and write novels better than any novels that have been written before?”
Ok, so here’s the thing: When you start talking about excellence and kids having to put a cap on their life goals, someone has to step in.
We doubt White parents are telling their kids to be mediocre and not to believe they can do better than their predecessors.
Let’s negate the extremely vile tone this Caucasian critic uses again Black children. Let’s also negate his sense of entitlement in telling parents how to raise their children. What’s most disturbing is that he’s talking to a 17-year-old and a 15-year-old like they’re grown ass people who can defend themselves against a man. An adult man.
If you step back, it’s actually kind of wack. What kind of sick suppressed teen-agnst pleasure does this critic get out of teasing individuals half his age? And where did this even come from? The Smith children have yet to be arrested, caught doing illegal activities, or being disrespectful to anyone. It’s simply unwarranted.
In the great words of Antoine Dodson, “Hide your kids.” Because if we’re out here beefing with children, things can’t possibly get lower.