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Will Smith and son Jaden Smith are on a jam-packed media tour for the new film, “After Earth.” The twosome cover New York Magazine and inside, they address comparisons to another famous family, The Kardashians.

Though the connection is there as Jaden has been linked to one of the sisters, Kylie Jenner, and both families are heavy into show business, is the comparison fair?

Will Smith didn’t think so. He shut down the question, saying:

You know, he’s never had to, to deal with those kinds of questions. [Mimicking the interviewer] “So how do you think your life is similar or un-similar to people’s names in Calabasas?” For our family, the entire structure of our life, our home, our business relationships—the entire purpose is for everyone to be able to create in a way that makes them happy. Fame is almost an inconsequential by-product of what we’re really trying to accomplish. We are trying to put great things into the world, we’re trying to have fun, and we’re trying to become the greatest versions of ourselves in the process of doing things we love. So the idea of fame or exploitation or orchestrating the media is sometimes even less than desirable for us.

When asked if Jaden could’ve been a dentist as opposed to an actor, Will made a point to say his children are steering the ship of their careers, as opposed to being pushed and prodded like the Kardashian kids by matriarch Kris Jenner:

Willow chose singing and then un-chose it. She said, “Daddy, I want to go to school with my friends during the week, and I want to hang out with them on the weekends.” At the peak of “Whip My Hair,” she’s like, “Daddy, I’m done.” I was like, “Wow, wow, wow. No, baby, I got Annie [the upcoming movie remake, co-produced by Jay-Z], you know. It’ll be New York, you’ll be with Beyoncé. You can bring your friends.” And she said, “Daddy, I got a better idea. How about I just be 12?” At the end of the day, it has to be their choice.

Raising children who are active in the entertainment business is very tricky, but Will Smith seems to grant his kids their freedom and he separates art from mere attention and fame while the Kardashians operate quite differently. Do you agree, Clutchettes?

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  • I’m a little annoyed by those insinuating that Will and Jada have less than genuine intentions for their children. Its not at all uncommon for a parent to want their child to follow in their foot steps. And given that Will and Jada are the primary examples for their children, it shouldn’t be at all suspicious that their children in the lime light as well – following in their parents’ footsteps.

    With that said, I don’t see The Smiths as exploitative.

    Unlike the Kardashians, the Smiths are incredibly talented and have an affinity for the arts. Why not give your children the opportunity to explore that path?

    As far as the pursuit of fame goes, yes The Smiths will no doubt have major media campaigns. Which is IMPERATIVE when you want to ensure the success of any project. This is very different from the Kardashians that are on every red carpet to promote simply the Kardashian brand as opposed to real and definite projects. As far as the world of entertainment, they have nothing substantive to give. The Smiths on the other hand are promoting projects with heavy backing and investment, it is their JOB to connect with the media in that regard.

    This goes back to what Will said. The fame is only an end result of their hard work. It isn’t their primary motivator.

    I’m almost certain that if Will and Jayda didn’t use their connections to assist their children in some way shape or form, people would be critical of that as well. I think the Smith children have their freedom…