*On Wednesday, via Twitter, author Terry McMillan posted some interesting remarks about Will and Jada Smith supposedly “pimping and exploiting” the talent of their children, Willow and Jaden.
She basically had an ear-full to say to the couple about their Hollywood abuse toward their children. The renowned writer explained that the way the two are bringing up their kids just isn’t healthy.
Here’s a bit of what she tweeted:
It feels like the Smith children are being pimped and exploited. Or, they’re already hungry for fame. What about 4th grade? The Smith children already act like child stars.
There’s an arrogance in their demeanor and behavior. I find it incredibly sad. A lot of A-list movie stars shielded their children from the Hollywood-world until they were old enough to decide. Look at those who didn’t. Look at Lindsay. Phoenix. To name but a few. They miss out on childhood. It’s more important than fame.
These kids don’t already know what they ‘love.’ Total bullshit. They’re not prodigies. They think Hollywood is real.
She had plenty more to say. Read that (at Jezebel).
Naturally, some followers (and foes) didn’t like what she had to say, for the most part, which provoked her to respond. She issued a faux-pology yesterday on the same social network she spewed her true thoughts:
I raised my son. I’m not wasting another minute worrying about how Will & Jada are raising their kids.
I apologize for using the word pimp and exploit in referring to the Smith children. It was insensitive of me and wrong.
It is amazing, though, how fast an unflattering comment gets retweeted versus one that’s flattering.
And perhaps most telling of all:
P.S. I loved the Karate Kid.