Jada Pinkett-Smith Goes Off on the Media, Claims They Bully Young Stars

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  • Last week, Jada Pinkett-Smith had everyone talking after she questioned women about their tendency to turn towards homosexuality.

    Now, the very-opinionated actress, is questioning whether today’s media is bullying today’s young artists.

    Smith, a mother of two young stars, believes that they are. Read her full post below and let us know what you think about her opinion in the comment box below.

    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?
    This last week, I had to really evaluate the communication in regard to our young artists in the media. I was trying to differentiate cyber-bullying from how we attack and ridicule our young stars through media and social networks. 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? 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? Does that render being called a cunt by an adult male photographer as you try to return to your hotel after leaving the the hospital? Or what about our nine year old beautiful Oscar nominee who was referred to as a cunt as well? Or what about being a young woman in her early twenties, exploring the intracacies 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? Are these young people not allowed to be young, make mistakes, grow, and eventually transform a million times before our eyes? Are we asking them to defy the laws of nature because of who they are? Why can’t we congratulate them for the capacity to work through their challenges on a world stage and still deliver products that keep them on top. We all know how hard it is to keep our head above water, even in the privacy of our own homes let alone on the world stage. Imagine yourself, at their age, with the spotlights, challenges and responsibilities. Most of us would have fallen to the waste side before we could even get to a crashed Ferrari, a controversial romance, several heart breaks, or an Oscar nomination at NINE. We WISH we could have had the capacity to accomplish HALF of what they have accomplished along with ALL these challenges they face. But…maybe THAT’S the problem…we WISH we could have or even…we WISH we could.

    Happy Sunday.

    Let us know what you think about Jada’s comments? Does she have a point? Or does she need to keep her opinion to herself?

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    20 thoughts on “Jada Pinkett-Smith Goes Off on the Media, Claims They Bully Young Stars

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    2. Couldn’t these young celebs , like older celebs easily walk away from the spotlight? I slightly agree, but I strongly disagree with Jada. People are going to criticize regardless of your station in life and moreso with social media. However, as few as those who criticize you there are millions more who praise you, even stalker fans whom I hate. Stars need the media as much as the media need their stars for promotion, recognition and publicity.There are some keyboard gangsters on the internet who’ll say things they would never say publicly, cowards. However, young stars today like those before them and young folks today need a backbone and realize the world is not always going to give them everything they want and that’s ok.People in real life have to deal with being criticize everyday.

    3. There are so many sides to this issue. But, I think Jada’s point speaks to how adults (and people in general) have stooped to a level where they are literally bashing and belittling children and young people rather than constructively critiquing or imparting wisdom onto them as elders and responsible adults should do and she is 100% correct.

      You just cannot carelessly trash and degrade people with no regard to how it impacts them and everything attached to them, whether they are celebrities or average citizens.

      Social media is nothing more than a big gossip machine where people talk about any and everything, particularly things of no real significance or substance and it is a total non-purposeful use of energy. And because you can hide behind a fake name and a computer screen, it enables people to be more reckless and carefree with their opinions.

      • Not even a tiny bit ok, whether she’s 9 or 90. But if we are to be honest, when people resort to shock value instead of relying on talent, can we really be shocked at anything they say or do? Kevin Hart, supposedly one of the most talented comedians in the business resorted to donning a wig and a dress to mock this child. Was it funny? Not to me. Did it shock me? No. As a matter of fact, I kind of expected someone to do it. Just not him. But just wait, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

    4. I never once said that celebrities don’t warrant respect. What I DID say was people are disrespected all the time in real life and celebrities should not expect to be treated any different than us common folk just BECAUSE they are celebrities. Negative responses along with positive ones such as yours to this article, only lets me know that people have differing opinions about subjects and there is no harm in expressing them. And Eve, heaven help us if that ever changes.

    5. I truly do not understand how we turned into a nation of just mean spirited people. Just because a person has a profession that requires them to be in the public eye does not mean it it open season on them. When adults attack children verbally as a sport or job, there is something seriously wrong. Then for other adults to say well, they just have to get over it/deal with it because their talents make it ok to disrespect them… SAD!!!!I agree that a certain amount of privacy is sacrificed with the job, but it shouldn’t mean they are not entitled to walk down the street without everything being judged from their hair to their shoes and whomever walks with them. Back in the day when people concerned themselves with taking care of their own family, they did not have time to worry about so called famous people & their lives. Go see their movies, buy their music, watch their show or DON’T, but leave their personal life to be PERSONAL.

      • IKR! I noticed that a couple of years ago after her show was cancelled and she appeared on the Essence cover that she looked either very malnourished and gaunt in the face or maybe done some unnecessary work to herself…whatever she looks haggard and aged.

        • But I totally agree with her assessment of the Media bullying. How can we possible teach our youth that cyber-bullying is wrong and hurtful when the media does the same thing and gets paid TOO!

    6. To Ladysabrina…I believe Jada is right. You can’t complain about their world if you haven’t lived it.I’m not a celebrity, but I do value my privacy as much as anyone else. I feel celebrities should have their personal space too. How would you like it if camera’s were in your face while you were trying to eat a hamburger with a friend. Or for that matter, if you wore something not pleasing to others, you are talked about. JAda has a job….protecting and speaking for her family. You know how that is. Give her some slack.

    7. I totally agree with Jada. I hope the parents and guardians of these young folk will stand up for them and their mistakes also. Damn, it;s all a part of growing up!! Jada should have thrown a few MF’s in there also….Keep it real!!!

    8. She has a right to speak her opinions, but seriously, who cares? When you throw yourself out into the public eye, you take the punches with the praise. As long as she’s been out here, she knows that. She’s not working right now, so she has to do something to keep her name out here. Even people who aren’t in the public eye get criticized and called names all the time. Does she think just because they are “stars”, they should be exempt from some of the same treatment other more “common” folk experience on the regular? Find another topic to harp on Jada. We’ve already exhausted this one. Or better still, find a job.

      • Just because you are a celebrity does not mean respect is not warranted. It is amazing to me how women berate each other. Comments about her looks and negative response to this article let me know nothing has changed within our community. Rather than making hypocritical comments towards this woman, I would like to commend Jada on her article.

        • I never once said that celebrities don’t warrant respect. What I DID say is people are disrespected all the time in real life and clebrities should not expect to be treated any different than us common folk just BECAUSE they are celibrities. Negative responses along with positve ones such as yours to this article, only lets me know that people have differing opinions about subjects and there is no harm in expressing them. And Eve, heaven help us if that ever changes.

        • Please stop talking like black people are above reproach. That’s the problem with black ppl we don’t tell each other the truth anymore because we don’t want to be regarded as a hater. When a celeb jump the shark with their appearance, behavior and conduct, they will usually pay attention. Yet we enable our celebrities and they wind up dying ie Whitney and Michael.

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