Willow Smith’s black and white photo of her lying next to topless 20-year-old actor Moises Arias sparked controversy on Tuesday when the shot was posted on Instagram. The photo raised eyebrows because the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith is just 13 years old. On Wednesday, Pinkett Smith commented on the controversial photo saying there was nothing sexual about the image.
Moises, best known for his role as Rico on “Hannah Montana,” posted the picture but then deleted it as soon as the uproar began. But once something is posted for just a second on a social media outlet like Instagram, others got a hold of the post and reposted it. Many of those people who reposted the image called it perverted.
The photo, which was taken by a friend of Moises and Willow, shows Willow Smith in bed fully clothed lying on a bed next to a shirtless Moises. Pinkett Smith viewed her daughter’s photo shot with the much older actor as harmless. The actress commented on the photo when approached by the paparazzi on Wednesday night.
As Pinkett Smith arrived at Los Angeles International airport, she told the paparazzi, “Here’s the deal. There is nothing sexual about that picture or that situation. You guys are projecting your trash onto it. You’re acting like covert pedophiles and that’s not cool.”
The two aren’t touching each other in the photo, so the assumptions and insinuations made about the photo struck a nerve with Pinkett Smith. Will Smith shared his wife’s sentiments as both said their daughter is mature enough to make her own decisions as long as those decisions don’t cross the line. They also view the photo as an expression of art. Moises Arias is the best friend of their 15-year-old son Jaden Smith and has apparently known the Smiths for years.