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Willow Smith: Mom Defends Photo

    August 3, 2014
    Ellisha Rader Mannering
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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?

Image via Wikimedia Commons

  • Shawn

    I hear what Jada is saying but I’m concerned that she’s bringing up women issues when the real issue is about a child. Friends or not, I still think it’s rather odd for a twenty year old is hanging around with a thirteen year old girl, so I don’t question the actions of Willow, I question the actions of Moises and the parents.

  • Prince Atkinson

    The problem with society is that they read a little too much into anything.But hey you can’t stop people from talking at all boy.So you have to live life the way you choose to not what society wants.Thing about it those same people finding faults are the most messed up people you can come across. So even if you do 100%right and just 1 wrong the world will hate you.Celeb or no celeb it happens to all of us so if I were Willow I won’t give a dam or her parents for that matter.It’s their kid so if they don’t see a problem you shouldn’t.

  • morgaine

    I think Jada ought to get off her high horse and start dealing with real parenting issues in a real world. This is not the world she seems to think it should be, and it’s never going to be. Having a photo of her child in a position that looks questionable with an older male is going to raise eyebrows. this world is full of pedophiles. Looking out for children is a good thing. If she can’t see this, along with the reason people might find this photo questionable, she needs to wise up fast. It’s not all about what she’s taught her children — it also involves people who will take advantage of children if an adult isn’t there to protect them.

    • swauve57

      you’re absolutely right when is the mother instinct going to kick in for Jada seems like never the decisions that Willow is making is a little confusing considering her age. Probably because mom is not there for her she does whatever. is it going to take something terrible to happen to get her mothers attention? Then it will probably be covered up if it hasn’t already. She is a beautiful young lady but for the most she seems to have what I call This lost sad look in her eyes hmmmmmm….. wonder why.

    • swauve57

      you’re absolutely right when is the mother instinct going to kick in for Jada seems like never the decisions that Willow is making is a little confusing considering her age. Probably because mom is not there for her she does whatever. is it going to take something terrible to happen to get her mothers attention? Then it will probably be covered up if it hasn’t already. She is a beautiful young lady but for the most she seems to have what I call This lost sad look in her eyes hmmmmmm….. wonder why.