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?