Willow Smith: Mom Defends Photo
Ellisha Rader Mannering
Just a few months ago, young Willow Smith made headlines for a controversial photo that showed her in bed with an older man, Moises Arias. Willow was only 13 years old at the time and Moises was 20.
The photo was shared by the young stars on social networks, but was quickly taken down after it went viral. In the photo Moises is sitting in bed with his shirt off and Willow is lying near his lap.
Of course Willow was fully clothed and there is nothing obviously sexual or inappropriate about the photo, but the age difference and the fact that Willow and Moises were in bed together, started a debate.
Willow’s parerents, Will and Jada Smith, kept quiet about the photo for several days after it went viral, hoping it would run its course and be forgotten about. Unfortunately, the photo didn’t go away and things got worse before they got better. They were allegedly even investigated by Child Protective Services. Eventually they decided that they needed to make a statement regarding the photo.
Both Will and Jada agreed that there was nothing wrong with the photo and said that Willow and Moises were just friends and had been for a long time.
Jada is still not happy with the rumors regarding the photo and recently brought it up again saying,
“Just don’t pollute something that’s not dirty,” she said. “It’s really tough. I feel like the connection to the value of women on a bigger scale has decreased tremendously. Even though you look and go, ‘Women have so many opportunities,’ it’s like, ‘Yeah, but at what cost?’
“Are women valued for being women, or are women valued when they have more masculine qualities? Men and women encompass both female and masculine energies, but it seems like when the feminine is present, it’s not respected,” she added
Jada went on to say that she trusts her children and has raised them to make smart choices. Since her children have grown up living a Hollywood lifestyle, they know how to handle such situations and understand that the world is watching everything they do.
What do you think of the photo and Jada Smith’s response to it?
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