Action star actor, metal band rocker, and all around celebrity super-mom Jada Pinkett Smith has sounded off on how she feels young men and women in the entertainment industry are torn apart by the media, making references to the current spat of troubles for Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Taylor Swift, not to mention the off colour joke made by The Onion at the expense of 9-year-old Oscar nominee Quevenzhané Wallis.
Read her full statement below:
“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*** by an adult male photographer as you try to return to your hotel after leaving the hospital?
Or what about our nine year old beautiful Oscar nominee who was referred to as a c*** as well? Or what about being a young woman in her early twenties, exploring the intricacies 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?”
Supportive, understanding, beautiful… Can you be our mom?