Quotables: Jada Pinkett Needs to Look a Little Bit Closer
8/1/2014 8:00 AM PDT, by Sarah Taylor
"Just don't pollute something that's not dirty. It's really tough. I feel like the connection to the value of women on a bigger scale has decreased tremendously. Even though you look and go, ‘Women have so many opportunities,' it's like, ‘Yeah, but at what cost?' Are women valued for being women, or are women valued when they have more masculine qualities? Men and women encompass both female and masculine energies, but it seems like when the feminine is present, it's not respected. ... I want my kids to be happy and I want them to be themselves. I was saying to a friend the other day, ‘Remember, our kids are not us.' They're not. Sometimes we're trying to fix things that happened to us or projecting [onto them], and that's a terrible, terrible trap."
--Jada Pinkett Smith -- or 13-year-old Willow Smith's mom -- and her insight on the infamous pic featured above, showcasing her daughter and 20-year-old Moises Arias, just two "friends" hanging out on a bed.
We've been over this before, guys: this circumstance is just not cool. It's not as if Willow's 17 or 18 years old (or even 15 or 16) -- what's happening here, as "innocent" as Jada claims it is, is age-inappropriate, and if Jada and Will Smith are allowing this kind of behavior to happen at a mere 13 years old (God, it's almost unfathomable that this young girl is only 13 years old), imagine what it's going to evolve into by the time she is a little bit older and more experienced. You've likely all been through adolescence, and you've either been in a first-person situation when there were no parental boundaries, or you've witnessed it in friends or school chums. (Yes, chums.)
It's only going to get worse, so to talk about not "polluting" something that's already quite clearly tainted by the stressful rigors of growing up a celebrity child in Hollywood is only wasting your breath -- this kind of behavior needs to be nipped in the bud early on, and if it isn't? Well. Look at other celebrity children/offspring who had zero boundaries of which to adhere -- there's not a good track record there, as you probably know.
You're heading down a dangerous path, Jada ... and you're inadvertently allowing your young woman, Willow, to do the same thing.