Mr. and Mrs. Smith, in this case Will (star of ‘Fresh Prince’ and ‘Bad Boys’) and Jada (lead in TV drama ‘Hawthorne’), are often considered the world’s coolest parents. Dad is a comedic actor and rapper, and mom is an actress and singer in a rock band. They’ve also been a bit controversial with their parenting style. Will drew a lot of attention last year when he told an interviewer that he and Jada “don’t believe in punishment.”
These words just may have come back to haunt them. E! Online is reporting today that the Smiths are getting incredible backlash after a picture surfaced of their daughter Willow Smith, 13, in bed with actor Moises Arias. He is best known for his role playing Rico on ‘Hanna Montana’ (Disney). The problem is this isn’t the beloved child star the world remembers; Arias is now a 20-year-old grown man.
Arias posted the picture on Instagram, apparently being naïve enough to think it would be fine to show two friends relaxing. Children of Hollywood stars often hang out together. Willow and Jaden Smith are often spotted out around town having fun with Arias, as well as Kendall and Kylie Jenner (of Kardashian fame). Kylie and Jaden (best known for his role in ‘The Karate Kid’) are reported to be dating. But they are closer in age with Kylie being 16 and Jaden, 15.
Willow, whose hit song ‘I Whip My Hair Back and Forth’ had tweens everywhere dancing, was fully clothed in the photo. But most people are disturbed by the fact that a shirtless Arias is relaxed on the bed with this child, although they are not touching. After the overwhelmingly negative responses, Arias took the picture down from his Instagram account. Neither he nor Willow has responded to any questions regarding the photo.
Will and Jada Smith have yet to comment. On top of that, the superstar parents are now facing additional criticism because they let Jaden and Willow attend the Coachella Music Festival on their own. Now admittedly the kids are too young to have been allowed into any of the rowdy parties. But even though money cannot buy you love, these days it can often buy you access.
The Smiths need not look far to take heed of how Hollywood can eat up the innocent. Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus are among many of the cautionary tales of youthful lives spent on a track too fast that got derailed. In a telling interview last year Will was asked why Willow had dropped out of playing the lead role in the Broadway musical ‘Annie’. He said he had tried to talk her into taking the role and having a ball in New York with all of her friends. According to Will, his daughter just looked at him and said, “Daddy, I have a better idea, how about I just be 12.” Out of the mouths of babes.