Let ’em know!
Jada Pinkett Smith is using Facebook for something constructive: quieting the haters.
The successful star took to the social media site to pose this question: “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?” Jada wrote.
As the mother of two young children in the spotlight, Jada has a vested interest in how the media treats the young and famous. Especially considering her children, Willow and Jaden Smith, pal around with a few of the stars in question.
“This last week, I had to really evaluate the communication in regard to our young artists in the media,” Jada writes. “I was trying to differentiate cyber bullying from how we attack and ridicule our young stars through media and…social networks.”
She went on to say, “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?”
This post comes at a time when many young stars, specifically the ones pictured alongside her post, have been criticized for partying, missing shows, and everything else you can imagine.
Jada references specific recent incidences, including the controversy over Justin Bieber’s ‘wild’ European adventure saying, “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?”
Well said, Jada!
In reference to Quvenzhane Wallis, Smith said, “Or what about our nine year old beautiful Oscar nominee who was referred to a a c*nt as well?”
“Or what about being a young woman in her early twenties, exploring the intricacies [sic] 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?” Smith wrote, suggesting the likes of T-Swift and Rihanna.
Tell ’em, girl. Cyber bullying, and any other form of bullying, cannot be tolerated regardless of who it’s aimed at. We love you for speaking out on this issue.
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