Jada Pinkett Smith is the 41-year-old mother of 14 year-old son Jaden Smith and 12 year-old son Willow and she’s concerned about how the media is treating young stars. She posted a long message on her Facebook and it’s one that I completely agree with.
I noted that it was inappropriate for an old, fat man to be yelling obscenities at Justin Bieber, urging him to fight him. Jada agrees. She also doesn’t think that Taylor Swift should be slut shamed, I can’t agree with that, and she thinks we need to move on from being so obsessed with Rihanna taking Chris Brown back. Couldn’t agree more. Jump in for Jada’s thought provoking entry!
Are we bullying our young artists?
How can we ask for our young stars to have a high level of responsibility if we are not demonstrating that same level of responsibility towards them?
This last week, I had to really evaluate the communication in regard to our young artists in the media. I was trying to differentiate cyber-bullying from how we attack and ridicule our young stars through media and social networks. It is as if we have forgotten what it means to be young or even how to behave like good ol’ grown folk. Do we feel as though we can say and do what we please without demonstrating any responsibility simply because they are famous?
Is it okay to continually attack and criticize a famous 19 year old who is simply trying to build a life, exercise his talents while figuring out what manhood and fame is all about as he carries the weight of supporting his family as well as providing the paychecks to others who depend on him to work so they can feed their families as well? Does that render being called a c**t by an adult male photographer as you try to return to your hotel after leaving the the hospital?
Talking about Taylor Swift and Rihanna:
Or what about being a young woman in her early twenties, exploring the intracacies of love and power on the world stage? And should we shame a young woman for displaying a sense of innocence as she navigates through the murky waters of love, heartbreak, and fame? Are these young people not allowed to be young, make mistakes, grow, and eventually transform a million times before our eyes?
Pinkett Smith wonders why we can’t “congratulate them for the capacity to work through their challenges on a world stage and still deliver products that keep them on top,” and would like everyone to imagine themselves at their age with all they have to deal with.
“Most of us would have fallen to the waste side before we could even get to a crashed Ferrari, a controversial romance, several heart breaks … We WISH we could have had the capacity to accomplish HALF of what they have accomplished along with ALL these challenges they face. But…maybe THAT’S the problem…we WISH we could have or even…we WISH we could,” she wrote.