Jaden Smith, or perhaps just “Jaden” as he now uses as his moniker, is proving that just as his father famously rhymed “Parents Just Don’t Understand;” or at least not initially.
Jada Pinkett-Smith, and by extension, her husband Will, recounted their parenting decisions over the years in raising two children that would be secure fame and celebrity in their own right.
One notable specific topic was Jaden’s fashion choices. He’s infamous for wearing a Batman costume to the Kanye West-Kim Kardashian wedding.
He’s famous and perhaps equally infamous for his fashion line MSFTS and his penchant to don colorful dresses. While Jada commended her son on his profound bo-ldness to challenge fashion’s gender-divide and social norms in general, Will had a different take.
As she puts it, “he has his feelings on that for sure. I remember Will calling me and being like, ‘Have you talked about this Jaden and him wearing a skirt?’ And I said, ‘Yeah I have. He’s pretty happy about it.’ ”
When he initially elected to wear a skirt for Louis Vuitton, the then 17-year-old Smith stated, “So, you know, in five years when a kid goes to school wearing a skirt, he won’t get be-at up and kids won’t get m-ad at him.”
He continued, “It was lit because we all knew that we were going to impa-ct the culture and change the game and make a difference.” He would later tweet, “If I Wanna Wear A Dress, Then I Will, And That Will Set The New Wave… -JADEN SMITH #ICON”
Further cementing the ethos of his clothing brand, the actor-rapper-fashion designer procla!med that he makes wear for “the girl that wants to be a to-mboy or the boy that wants to wear a skirt, and people try to conde-mn. We’re here for you. Tell us your stories. If someone at your school’s trying to pick on you, it doesn’t matter because Jaden Smith’s got your back.”
Others have taken aim at the Smiths perm!ssive parenting style, to which, they at least expressed some level of regr-et. Will stated that “Jaden is 100 percent fe-arless, he will do anything. So as a parent it’s sc-ary, it’s really te*rifying — but he is completely wi-lling to live and d!e by his own artistic decisions and he just doesn’t concern himself with what people think, Yeah, I think it may have been a mistake,” he said when asked about his parenting style, adding later that: “I think we might have gone too far.”
A colu-mnist for the oft-ecc-entric New York Post di*paraged the Smiths in a recent article writing, “We don’t know for sure that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are the most ho*rible parents on Earth,” the article starts. “But the case for that seems strong when you consider their uber-entitled, brainl-ess, self-adoring, twa-ddle-spe-wing little munchkins.” Folks can say what they want; folks can do what they want, too. And it appears that the Smith family isn’t changing upon the account of any of their na-ysayers anytime soon.
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