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Jada Pinkett Smith Lashes Out at Child-Exploitation Accusations

Posted on April 2, 2011 by

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has publicly defend her and husband Will Smith’s decision to allow their kids to enter showbiz at such an early age. She insists that Willow, famous for the smash Whip My Hair, and Jaden, for The Karate Kid remake and a duet with Justin Bieber on Never Say Never, don’t bear the same financial burdens as other child stars, reports Singersroom.

She told Britain’s Daily Mail, “Our children are allowed to stay in the paradigm of being a child. They don’t have to take care of their families: become the complete emotional, physical, and financial focus that happens to many child stars. Our family structure is a little different and it’s quite hard to comprehend because it’s so outside what usually happens in a family, but the paradigm is the same.”

Although the two children may seem busy – Willow’s on tour with Justin Bieber, Jaden is starting his film career – they do seem to have a good head on their shoulders. I don’t think there’s a big problem, because Jada and Will seem like the best parents one can have. Still, though, the couple still faces scrutiny.

Author Terry McMillan has even accused the parents of “exploiting” and “pimping” their pre-teens. I think that’s a little drastic. Tons of child stars have grown up to have great careers, so I don’t think their lives are in danger because of a little singing and acting.

“This isn’t about fame or money,” says Jada. “They were still going to have their trials because of who their parents are. As much as I wish I could figure out a way I could protect my children, they have their destiny. I’m not going to put brakes on that out of fear.”

At the same time, Jada recognizes the huge following her children have, and that she must keep a watchful eye on them. “I will not overlook that. I have a 10-year-old who can stand up in front of an audience of 17,000 and rock the house. I have to keep her grounded.”

See? I think Jada and Will are going to do a fine job of raising their children. I personally wish I had parents like them – they just seem so cool, but grounded at the same time. Plus, if I was child to two hot movie stars, I’d want a career in showbiz too – can you really blame Willow and Jaden?

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  • Lynne80

    Jada and Will produced the Karate Kid remake and are there with their children every step of the way! The children have founded their own charities and clearly grounded! They have the most supportive parents who are not about to stand back and let their children go down the road of many child stars into a world of alcohol and drugs!
    I think both Jaden and Willow are an excellent role models, they love what they do or they wouldn’t do it!!!
    My son took up martial arts after watching the Karate Kid! Is the love and support I give my child to do martial arts and soccer any different from Jada and Will supporting their children in what they do? Of course not, their children doing things on a larger scale but it’s hardly exploiting them, it’s not as if they are working their children under the ground for money or fame as they all have their own careers and money!
    I think they have wonderful children and a lot of parents would do well to take note!!!! These are kids that want to work, would it be better that they are unemployed lay abouts claiming of the states for the rest of their lives!!!!!

  • Bina

    Will and Jada are fine parents, who are raising children who will lead very productive lives. Terry McMillan is just jealous Jada had the discernment to marry a man and not a man-child, who is, shall we say, discreet!