Last week, Justin Bieber allegedly had the “worst birthday” because a London club wouldn’t allow 14-year-old Jaden Smith to join his party. It was part of a rather tumultuous week for the newly 19-year-old pop star — some might say he was spiraling out of control — and now, Jada Pinkett Smith has made a statement about the way that fans and the media treat Bieber.
Though Smith doesn’t mention him directly by name, she clearly refers to Bieber, young Oscar nominee Quvenzhan� Wallis, and Taylor Swift in her Facebook rant, which was posted on Sunday.
Find it in full below.
“Are we bullying our young artists?
How can we ask for our young stars to have a high level of
responsibility if we are not demonstrating that same level of
responsibility towards them?
This last week, I had to really evaluate the communication in regard
to our young artists in the media. I was trying to differentiate
cyber-bullying from how we attack and ridicule our young stars through
media and social networks. It is as if we have forgotten what it means
to be young or even how to behave like good ol’ grown folk. Do we feel
as though we can say and do what we please without demonstrating any
responsibility simply because they are famous? Is it okay to continually
attack and criticize a famous 19 year old who is simply trying to build
a life, exercise his talents while figuring out what manhood and fame
is all about as he carries the weight of supporting his family as well
as providing the paychecks to others who depend on him to work so they
can feed their families as well? Does that render being called a c*** by
an adult male photographer as you try to return to your hotel after
leaving the the hospital? Or what about our nine year old beautiful
Oscar nominee who was referred to as a c*** as well? Or what about being
a young woman in her early twenties, exploring the intracacies [sic] of love
and power on the world stage? And should we shame a young woman for
displaying a sense of innocence as she navigates through the murky
waters of love, heartbreak, and fame? Are these young people not allowed
to be young, make mistakes, grow, and eventually transform a million
times before our eyes? Are we asking them to defy the laws of nature
because of who they are? Why can’t we congratulate them for the capacity
to work through their challenges on a world stage and still deliver
products that keep them on top. We all know how hard it is to keep our
head above water, even in the privacy of our own homes let alone on the
world stage. Imagine yourself, at their age, with the spotlights,
challenges and responsibilities. Most of us would have fallen to the
waste side before we could even get to a crashed Ferrari, a
controversial romance, several heart breaks, or an Oscar nomination at
NINE. We WISH we could have had the capacity to accomplish HALF of what
they have accomplished along with ALL these challenges they face.
But…maybe THAT’S the problem…we WISH we could have or even…we WISH we