A little while back a photo of 13 year-old Willow Smith lying in bed with 20 year-old Moisés Arias (who was sans shirt) stirred some serious controversy in the media and in the court of public opinion. Willow's mother Jada Pinkett Smith is finally speaking out about the issue, and doesn't seem pleased with the way people reacted:
"Just don't pollute something that's not dirty," she said in an interview with Net-a-Porter. She also went on to speak about the value of women in our sciety, which she believes is connected to the reaction to the photo:
"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?'"
And, indeed, the brunt of the criticism fell on Willow and her parents, not Moisés. You can read Pinkett Smith's full interview here. She also opens up about her marriage to Will Smith and their unique approach to parenting and family life.
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Will Smith's teenage son Jaden is courting controversy like his sister Willow after posting a snap of himself posing half-naked reality TV star Kylie Jenner.
Last week (05May14), former Hannah Montana actor Moises Arias posted a black-and-white image on his Instagram.com page of himself without a shirt on while 13-year-old Willow lounges on a bed next to him. The picture caused a storm of criticism, prompting Arias to delete the image from his social networking accounts.
Now Willow's 15-year-old brother is taking the heat after Kim Kardashian's half-sister posted a similar black-and-white snap on her Tumblr blog. The photo shows Jenner, 16, straddling Jaden from behind, as he wears only Calvin Klein boxers and a backwards baseball cap. Alongside the post, Jenner writes, "*Ksss* (sic) Ahhh... 2014."
The pair is reportedly dating. After critics questioned the appropriateness of Willow's picture, her mother, actress, Jada Pinkett Smith, defended the controversial image, telling TMZ.com, "Here's the deal - there was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation. You guys are projecting your trash onto it."
Jada Pinkett Smith has spoken out to defend a controversial photo of her 13-year-old daughter lying on a bed with a half-naked 20-year-old man, insisting critics are projecting their "trash" onto the image.
Former Hannah Montana actor Moises Arias caused a storm when he posted a black-and-white picture of him topless on a bed alongside Will Smith's singer daughter on his Instagram.com page earlier this week (begs05May14). A backlash over the appropriateness of the situation ensued on Twitter.com, prompting Arias to delete the image, but now Willow's actress mother has lashed out at critics, insisting there was nothing "sexual" about the photo.
She tells TMZ.com, "Here's the deal, there was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation - you guys are projecting your trash onto it and you're acting like... paedophiles and that's not cool."
Will Smith's teenage daughter Willow is at the centre of a controversial photo storm after a picture of her lying on a bed with a topless 20-year-old actor appeared online.
Former Hannah Montana actor Moises Arias posted the black-and-white image on his Instagram.com page earlier this week (begs05May14). It featured a fully-clothed Smith, who turned 13 in October (13), lounging on a bed, while Arias sits under the covers without a top on.
The picture quickly attracted criticisms from dozens of fans on Twitter.com, who questioned why the young teen was in the situation. The backlash prompted Arias to delete the image from his social networking accounts. Arias is known to be close friends with Smith's older brother, Jaden.
"I did buy myself a car, but they didn't let me buy whatever I wanted. They never let me believe that I had a crazy amount of money or (that I was) better than anyone else. I still had to do my chores." The parents of former Hannah Montana star Moises Arias made sure the teenage actor didn't blow through his fortune at a young age.
First I must apologize to the makers of Toy's House. I am sorry. I am very, very sorry and I will never do it again. I fell asleep during the movie. Like a 10-year-old on New Year's Eve I was filled with excitement but my eyes just got too heavy and sleep overwhelmed me, shuttling me off into an unwanted unconscious for about 15 minutes somewhere in the middle.
That is not a reflexion on the movie. This is a result of being at Sundance, where the movie premiered, for almost a week and, well, living like a teenage boy. It's all staying up late, procrastinating your homework, watching way too many nerdy (but awesome movies), talking to your friends instead of working, eating mostly things that come in bags, and riding in buses. Lots and lots of buses. That's why I was so tired by the time I got to Toy's House, the third movie of my day.
My lifestyle was quite fitting though because the movie is about what happens when teenage boys try to live like adults (instead of the reverse, which is, at least until the festival is over, my life). Joe Toy (Nick Robinson) is sick of living by the rules of his gruff and comically sadistic father (Parks and Recreation's Nick Offerman whose mustache appears to be growing and his devoured the lower half of his face) and his best friend Patrick (The Big C ginge Gabriel Basso) is sick of his comically overbearing mother (Offerman's IRL wife Megan Mullally) so the two of them decide to move into a house they build in the woods. Along for the ride is Biaggio (Moises Arias) and Kelly (Erin Moriarty), the girl Joe and Patrick fight over.
Considering this is a Sundance coming of age story about three boys who move into the woods, you think there will be lots of slow shots of nature and brooding about what it's like to become a man. And there is that. But what makes this movie brilliant is the zippy one-liners, the genius comic timing, and the inventive situations that these quirky but endearing characters find themselves in. It's like one of those smart stories about rites of passage, but with amazing jokes. Imagine if Porky's if it bothered to read the articles in Playboy and you'd have this movie. Especially when things go awry with the house and the allegiances of friends and family are tested.
The MVP is Offerman, who plays a similar but more verbose version of his Parks character and whose every line of dialogue is a stinging zinger. It's enough to drive his son out of the house, but makes the rest of the audience howl. Mullally is also great, playing a version of everyone's mom who leaves embarrassing notes in your lunch and won't leave you alone about taking your shoes off at the front door. Arias is a revelation, playing a honor-bound oddball to great effect (if only he were tall enough to be cast as something other than a teen).
The young cast is also stellar, but the real credit belongs to director Jordan Vogt-Roberts and writer Chris Galletta. They have made the rarest of things, a teen comedy that is a sweet as it is amusing, as true as it is charming, and as beautiful as it is funny. I promise when it makes its way into theaters (and it just scored a distribution deal) I'll be back to see the whole thing in its entirety and live like a teenage boy once more.
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[Photo Credit: Toy's House Productions]
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