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Jada Pinkett Smith Responds To Claims That She Exploits Her Kids!

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You may personally not agree with the choices she's made as a parent, but after this, you at least can't deny that she hasn't thought about it from every perspective!

Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband, Will, have raised a few eyebrows in the past because of the way they've immersed their children into the entertainment business, and the actress recently opened up about the scrutiny she faces from the public for doing so, and whether or not she actually worries about the influence of Hollywood on her family!

Check out some HIGHlights from the Redbook interview:

RB: When people comment on the way you raise your kids—or, as some have suggested, "exploit" them—does that piss you off?

JPS: I understand it. They're looking at something from the outside that seems so enormous and dangerous. I have my moments where I get more frustrated than upset. But I also know that our reality is one that most people don't share and can't imagine, and there's no fault in that. And if anything happens to my children, I give all those people out there judging me the right to burn me at the stake. Go for it, because I'll deserve it!

RB: Have you ever explained to Jaden and Willow that life as they know it is not typical for most kids their age?

JPS: Let me tell you what I fear most: Them growing up like I did, in a house with drugs in a war zone, where if I walked out my door I could be shot. Hollywood ain't nothing compared to that! Growing up in the streets of Baltimore, or the streets of Philly where Will grew up—I'd rather have my kids here. It still makes me nervous that they're part of something that isn't totally real, but it's up to Will and me to teach them what's real and what's not.

Wow - we have to give them credit!

So long as those kids are growing up with boundaries, love, and communication from their parents, then that's good enough for us!

But we also have to commend her for understanding that their lifestyle is NOT what most people are used to, and being patient enough to not let the criticism that comes with that lack of understanding get to her!

Keep up on doing what you're doing, gurl, and we imagine your kids will be just fine!

[Image via WENN.]

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36 comments to “Jada Pinkett Smith Responds To Claims That She Exploits Her Kids!”

  1. 1

    there are a million children actors out there..just because they have famous parents doesnt mean its worse. I highly doubt they are forcing their kids to do this..they have enough money..they dont need their kids making money.. they are awesome!

  2. 2

    Oh, I can't wait ’till Willow starts boozing, drugging and pron starring and Jayden starts beating women for heroin money!! I will bring the matches and kindling! We need marshmallows, stakes and some rope.

  3. 3

    Re: kaybaby – You are missing the point…Parents should ENCOURAGE their children to want something other than wanting to be in Hollywood…there are many admirable things to do in this world, being a child star is not one of them…One has to have experience in the business to perhaps truly understand the shallowness and exploitation that DOES go on….Being an actor is nothing but a self-serving, ego driven, narcissistic endeavor….especially when there is no evidence of any talent…

  4. 4

    can't these bitches just go away…of course the kids are exploited…but who's doing the exploiting???

  5. 5

    Re: sanfran1 – Using the word "should" implies that you know best. What YOU think is right isn't necessarily right for everyone.

  6. 6

    yeah b/c there are no boozing and drugs in hollywood…riiiiiiight!!

  7. 7

    Oh, the mean streets of Overbrook…

  8. 8

    I think Jada misses a key point of the public's concern. It's not so much about "what's real", it's about teaching children the concept that effort = reward. These kids can't help that they were born to fame & wealth; but by having their parents hand them movie roles and singing contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, these kids won't learn the valuable life lesson that each of us needs to earn our way, or risk growing up to be entitled & spoiled, which translates to problems with authority (the law), and generally treating others as if you're superior (no true friends). I think it's a shame that these kids don't have school as their primary focus and that they're not be allowed the chance to develop into morally centered & down-to-earth people.

  9. 9

    Re: Meggie246624 – Well said.

  10. 10

    their kids Willow and Jaden are fucking annoying….I hope they keep them out of the public..I hate to see them on TV they are so fucking ANNOYING…

  11. 11

    I think will and jada smith are really good parents and they seem to be raising their kids the best way they can given their situations. I dont think they are forcing them to do anything, just supporting

  12. 12

    and their children are actually pretty talented

  13. 13

    Re: hoopstar – No, they are not forcing their kids to perform. I'm sure their kids really want to perform. What Will and Jada are doing is making it way too easy. They are putting their kids at a huge risk by putting such a low emphasis on education, and handing them primo entertainment opportunities without them having to earn them. If these kids fall, it is a very long way down. Jada says that their family lives in a different reality than other people. That is true, but a good parent would be trying to keep the reality for their kids as normal as possible, not feeding them a reality that cannot possibly be sustained.

  14. 14

    Re: Meggie246624 – perfect!

  15. 15

    They are not exploiting their kids. They are moving them to the front of the line. Cutting in front of millions of other more talented kids. Jada is obnoxious. Always has been. What great thing has she ever done? Beside suck Will's dick?

  16. 16

    I agree with the people that said the problem is they're making it too easy for their kids. They're getting their roles and record contracts just by simply being their kids, not actually working for that and it's not doing them any favours.

  17. 17

    Re: Meggie246624 – Amen.

  18. 18

    Re: sanfran1Re: sanfran1 – I take it you don't watch t.v. or movies. So why would you have a comment to make?

  19. 19

    Get over the fact that they have talented parents that open the door for many opps! They are not even near grown and you are already decideing those kids fate. I for one am happy to see them pursue life now and in the future! You go JADA!

  20. 20

    I dont believe these kids have any talent for the simple reason that they didnt do anything to EARN the title "talented".

  21. 21

    I don't think she's exploiting them. I think she's making it too easy for them. God knows nepotism is a time honored tradition especially in hollywood, but the smith's take it to the extreme. Having your parents buy you movie roles and music contracts is not the way to go. Willow already has it in her mind that she got her music contract from "all that hard work."

  22. 22

    I would just say this to those who are critical:
    a. Do you really think we NEED to exploit them? You think we don't have enough money or fame ourselves? Duh!
    b. So we should say 'do what we say, not what we do'? You are advocating for us to be hypocrits? How does that usually work out for parents?
    c. A lot of kids who get into the entertainment business do so with parents who want to make money from them and have as little idea of what they are getting their kids into as the kids have. We know what the fame game is all about, what the pitfalls are, and we have the internal and external resources to protect them.

  23. 23

    Why do people care how they raise their children? It doesn't concern us at all, and parents need to worry about how they're raising their own children, or care about millions children who live in awful households where they are abused or live with drug addicts. Maybe then, you can concern yourselves.

  24. 24

    Some people on here are so judgemental! Will & Jada are NOT exploiting their children they're simply supporting them. Willow has always wanted to be a singer, same for Jaden with acting, Will & Jada are simply supporting & helping them with something they love. Don't comment if you haven't even listened or watched an interview with Will or Jada talking about this as you know nothing otherwise. Not ALL child/teen stars go down the wrong path it's just we don't here about the one's who haven't do we? Ofcourse not, we always here about what disasters certain ones have made of their lifes. Willow & Jaden are well brought up kids with parents who care about them, they're not spoiled in the slightest. The know right from wrong & got good morals. So please get your facts right before judging. Being a child/teen star isn't always a car crash waiting to happen.

  25. 25

    Does anyone remember that story Will told about one of the kids asking if they were rich? Will replied, your mother and I are rich - you're broke….. I don't think these kids are spoiled, I'm not a Jada fan but she seems to be a good level-headed mom.

  26. 26

    She's a smart woman. I'm not a parent, but I think she and Will are doing a solid job raising them. You can tell she's thought about it and is trying to steer them in the right direction.

  27. 27

    Re: sanfran1 – Please shut up. These aren't your kids, are they? They are kids right now you can see they love the spotlight. When they get older I'm sure Jada will make her kids go to college. Stop sticking your nose where it doesn't belong.

  28. 28

    Re: rosebud99 – they arent making it too easy for them tho, jada has said in many interviews how she makes sure her children do chores and that she teaches them responsibility and just how lucky they are. She is strict with them when she needs to be. Just because you see them becoming successful doesn't automatically mean bad parenting.

  29. 29

    Re: AJ the Skook – i agree completely! they are trying to raise them grounded and aware. If anyone has seen interviews with these kids they seem rather mature and just happy and enjoying themselves. I don't see them the same way i saw miley cyrus or lindsay lohan messes

  30. 30

    The kids want to be in movies and music because Mom and Dad work in entertainment business not because they thought it through and rationalized it as the best path. The parents should know that these career paths mean more to the kids' life than the kids think.

  31. 31

    i am one person who doesnt think she exploits her kid at all i just see that the parents allow the kids to pursue their dreams if they want to at the early age not pressuring or pushing just opening the chance to reach for the stars if they choose . there is nothing wrong with kids that age doing this if it was 5 years old sure but they are old enough

  32. 32

    These kids have no real talent. EVERYTHING is handed to them by Mommy and Daddy. I won't see any movie or music vid with these little shits in it. I'm sick of you and your spawn Will Smith!

  33. 33

    Scientology and an arranged marriage. I'm sure the kids are "on" to the truth regarding their parents marriage. Or they will be soon. Regardless, Will and Jada seem to be good parents and that's what most important.

  34. 34

    All this "good parent" crap is turning my stomach. Ever see these kids in interviews? BEYOND obnoxious, attitude from here to hell and back, acting like they're ALREADY superstars themselves and they DESERVE to be. Ugh. I agree with those that think in another decade there's gonna be some trainwrecks coming from the Smith household.

  35. 35

    With two amazingly talented parents, it's no doubt that these children ENJOY Hollywood and everything that comes along with it. Let's not forget these are Scientology parents, they allow their children to lead their own lives right from birth. The parents have no say in what these kids do.

  36. 36

    Why do people hate so much, My question is are yall mad because Its a black family that becoming rich and wealthy or you jealous its not you and your kids up there, shit given the chance I would help my child advance in this currupt world and government by any means necessary. Leave the Smith Family the fuck alone go and have some kids of your own!!!! I say if you don't have anything good to say don't say anything at all who n the fuck is anybody to judge or try to depict anybodies life, especially a family. You better get use to it because they are going to take over fucking HollyWood!!!!!!!!!