Willow Smith Says She & Jaden Were ‘Shunned’ By The Black Community Because They’re ‘Too Different’
The daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith said she and Jaden Smith, 22, were considered outcasts because of their unique styles.
Willow Smith, now 19, said:
“Specifically with the African-American community, I kind of felt like me and Jaden were shunned a little bit, like, ‘We’re not gonna take pride in them because they’re too different.'”
She added that strangers weren’t the only ones who took issue with them.
“Even some of our family members, I would feel they thought, ‘You’re too different,'”
It’s no secret Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith gave Willow Smith and Jaden Smith liberties to express themselves growing up.
Will Smith admitted back in 2016 that he may have gone a bit too far. He joked during an interview back then:
“Yeah, I think it may have been a mistake…I think we might have gone too far.”
He also spoke on the criticism his children received:
Jada Pinkett Smith said on Tuesday’s (Oct. 13th) episode of Red Table Talk that the feature caused her to get lots of criticism as his mom.
“I got shamed a lot for Willow, but Jaden was–that was hardcore…I think as Jaden got older, and he did the Louis Vuitton and he was wearing a skirt. And then he isn’t what people consider your typical Black man, which is…what is that supposed to mean?”
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