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Jada Pinkett-Smith isn’t taking criticism of her parenting lightly. In May, an Instagram photo surfaced of her 13 year-old daughter Willow laying in bed next to a shirtless 20 year-old actor, Moises Arias. Many found the picture inappropriate, and it was reported that Will and Jada were under investigation by child protective services.

Jada addressed the controversy then to TMZ, saying: “There was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation. You guys are projecting your trash onto it and that’s not cool.”

She’s expounding on it again in an interview with Net-a-Porter’s The Edit Magazine, warning: “Just don’t pollute something that’s not dirty.” She continued: “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.”

She even revealed that Willow inspired her to take a stand against sex trafficking: “When your daughter comes to you and is like, ‘Hey Mom, do you know that there are people selling girls my age for sex in this country?’ My first response was, ‘Oh no, that doesn’t happen here.’ Then I did my research and I thought, ‘How could this be going on here and I not know?’ I felt ashamed and, being a woman in an industry that has a voice, I just felt this enormous amount of responsibility to at least let other people know. ‘Guess what guys? It’s not just happening over there. It’s happening right here.’ I just had to get that word out.”

Jada also shared secrets to her fitness regimen, saying: “You know what? I don’t know if I feel stronger than ever, but I do feel better than ever. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned that it’s about being physical every day. You don’t have to go to the gym if that’s not your thing. You can go outside your door and walk around your block. You can take a brisk walk, a light jog, a slow stroll if you want! I feel like, as I’ve gotten older, I look better than ever and I work out less. I’m never in the gym for [more than] 45 minutes. I do old-school roller skating. I love it. That’s just how I grew up.”

What do you think of Jada’s comments, Clutchettes? Were critics of Willow’s photo just projecting?

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  • Anthony

    Earlier this week, a man went into The Phoenix airport with an assault rifle. Technically, he broke no laws, but he arrested for disturbing the peace, because people rightfully freaked out at the sight of a man with an assault rifle on his shoulder at an airport. Similarly, the picture of Willow and the young man is not illegal and nothing was happening, but it sure as hell was disturbing to most people who are concerned about children.

    • Carol Scates

      She had to know how people would react to a photo like that. I suspect that she likes the attention she gets through her “parenting.” In Hollywood it doesn’t matter what people say about you, as long as the spell your name right.

  • I’m with Jada on this one, have been since day one. People have close family friends that are older than them and act as if they are family. My roommate’s family was in town visiting and her younger brother (16) and I (27) were chilling on my bed listing to music & talking, nothing sexual at all and no one saw it as such. If there was a picture posted on the internet of that, and I was famous, and my parent’s were known for being lenient on the rules…then I’m sure the internet would’ve turned it into trash.

    People have a lot to say about how the Smith’s should raise their kids, when they can’t even control their own.

    • vintage3000

      Do you know how many people were violated by ‘friends of the family’–both genders? My brothers were older than me, if any of their guy friends were ever caught lying on my bed (the youngest daughter in the family) for any reason there would have been chaos in that house. This is what many adults understandably consider if they see a photo like the subject of this controversy.

    • Yes I do know. There are plenty of women who molest young boys as well, but if the roles were reversed no one would say boo, that’s the point I’m trying to make. And that’s also a problem, we see a picture and sexualize it and scrutinize someone’s parenting when we have no idea what’s going on, instead of clicking off the image.

    • vintage3000

      With all the female teachers nowadays having inappropriate relationships with teenage boys, I doubt that anyone would ignore a pic of a young boy and grown woman casually lying on a bed. Especially if one of them was not wearing a shirt. And people (including Jada) keep saying that everyone is sexualizing the image–I looked at that photo for about two seconds, thought it looked inappropriate and considered the source (Jada Smith as the mother), and forgot about it. I didn’t sit and imagine sordid details, and I’m guessing no one else has either.

      I loved Michael Jackson and do not believe he hurt anyone’s child, but a grown man sharing his bed with children is going to look wrong no matter who it is. If this is a relationship you have had with a younger person and there was no sex whoopie for you–there are many other people who think otherwise and have the right to think so.

  • GeekMommaRants

    Friends of the family are the one who will molest or assault a pre-teen. The Smiths live outside the community and have lives most of us could not imagine.