Willow Smith talked candidly about feeling like an outcast in a recent episode of her online TV show.
“Specifically with the African American community, I kind of felt like me and Jaden were shunned a little bit, like, ‘We’re not gonna take pride in them because they’re too different,'” said the 19-year-old singer to her and her brother in the new episode of “Red Table Talk” on Facebook Watch on Tuesday.
“Even some of our family members, I’d feel like they thought, ‘You’re just strange,’ she said.
The negative publicity
In the latest episode of “RTT,” Willow sat down with her cohosts—her mum, Jada Pinkett Smith, and grandma Adrienne Banfield Norris—to chat about mom-shaming.
Willow Smith later said that after the popularity of her 2010 album “Whip My Hair.” she underwent a radical transformation as an act of defiance. She also dyed her hair green and later pink.
During the debate, Pinkett Smith said the Mom-Shaming didn’t end there. She also sensed the public’s backlash when Jaden Smith grew older. Specifically, the “Girls Trip” actress remembered the negative publicity that the family got when her son wore a skirt for the 2016 Louis Vuitton Womenswear Ad.
Tomboy or a boy who wants to wear a skirt
Jaden has managed to test fashion conventions over the years by wearing heeled heels for the 2017 Met Gala, throwing on a Batman costume for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s 2014 wedding, and putting on a prom dress again in 2015. In 2016, the actor released a gender-neutral apparel line called MSFTSrep. Speaking to Variety, Jaden Smith said they created the collection for the “girl who wants to be a tomboy or a boy who wants to wear a skirt, and people are going to criticize it.
Two years later, he reflected again on his fashion sense by tweeting, “If I wanna wear a dress, then I will, and that will set the new wave…”
Pinkett Smith said on “RTT” that people in the Black community “create stereotypes around ourselves,” which added to the guilt she felt about her parenting.
“It’s something that we as a community have to learn how to let go of,” said the star. “I knew people felt like: ‘It’s dangerous. You can’t afford to raise your children this way, and it’s scary. You know what it’s like to be a black or brown person in this country.”