Willow Smith is following in the steps of her parents with her outspokenness. Being that she’s also a co-host on the hit show Red Table Talk, the discussions do tend to be around personal experiences – and even if your co-host is your mother, things can still get uncomfortable.
Will Smith has gone on the record having said, “We respect our children the way we would respect any other person.” The Smiths addressed their raising of their children in the press, much like they’ve had to do recently for their own marriage relationship, and Will’s not been shy about his thoughts on his children – and what others think.
When an interviewer praised Jaden and Willow’s “freedom of expression” and asked Smith if it was something that Will and Jada “consciously encouraged them to have,” Will replied jokingly with a laugh, “Yeah, I think it may have been a mistake.”
“I think we might have gone too far,” he repeated when talking to BBC interviewer A. Dot. “Jaden is 100 percent fearless, he will do anything. So, as a parent it’s scary, it’s really terrifying — but he is completely willing to live and die by his own artistic decisions and he just doesn’t concern himself with what people think.”
With the latest episode of Red Table Talk, Willow shared some of the reactions that she’s received over the perception that their parents gave people, especially Black people, about their upbringing in the Smith household. Willow said that the shaming from her own people about her and her brother’s sense of self-expression were big contributors.
“Specifically, with the African-American community, I kind of felt like me and Jaden were like shunned a little bit,” she said. “Like, ‘No, we’re not going to take pride in them ’cause they’re too different. They’re too weird.’”
“Even some of our family members,” she added. “I would feel they thought, ‘You’re too different.’”
Now, Willow’s even calling out her mother – for treating her differently from the rest of her brothers, from everything to being stricter to even things like waking up for school in the morning.
“There is a difference between how black moms treat their daughters and their sons,” weighed in Willow before she went into a story about how mom Jada was even more lenient with her sons over the littlest of things she’d harp on Willow about.
“Something as simple as getting up at the right time. It was like, ‘You better get up. You better get dressed.’ I’d be in my room going like, ‘OK, I gotta get [ready],’ But then Jaden is there and she’d be like, ‘Uh, so are you ready to uh…’ and he’d be like, ‘Uh, maybe one moment.’ ”
Wanting to do as she was told, Willow also talked about how she was the one “ready at the door” to head out for school in the mornings, Jaden would still be eating breakfast and/or didn’t even have his shoes on yet.
“That’s true,” mom Jada responded. “She might have a point.”
See the clip below.