The idea that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s son Jaden Smith is an overweening child of privilege once again gained traction over the weekend when a 2018 interview resurfaced of him talking about how people his own age were never thoughtful or worldly enough for him.
“I am very happy that I spent my childhood with more adults than I did with kids my own age, because I was picking up more things from adults that I were (sic) from kids my own age,” the 23-year-old rapper explained during the BigBoyTV interview.
Jaden Smith then went on to imitate the voice of someone his own age, claiming that his less sophisticated peers liked to say things like, “Look at my phone! Selfie. ”
“I’m just, like, ‘Dude, like, oh my God. Can we talk about the political and economic state of the world, right now? ‘”Said Jaden Smith, whose career as an actor is arguably distinguished by movies, such as” The Pursuit of Happyness “and” The Karate Kid, “that his famous father cast him in.
“Can we talk about what’s going on in the environment?” Jaden Smith said. “Can we talk about other things?”
A clip of the interview was re-released on the YouTube channel earlier this month, in the wake of Jaden’s father, Will Smith, slapping Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars.
Jaden Smith’s resurfaced comments were widely mocked by people on Twitter, starting Sunday. They renewed accusations that he’s a “nepotism” baby, while inspiring more humorous memes that played on his apparent sense of self-importance.
who jaden smith thinks he is every time he talks bout the “political and economic state of the world” pic.twitter.com/6I8zWFrYGr
– Hendrix ✶ (@HendrixxKev) April 17, 2022
My favorite part of The Pursuit of Happiness was when young Jaden Smith said to Will, “Father the socioeconomic state of New York City will not allow you to maintain a baseline lifestyle as a door to door saleman, you should attempt to join an investment firm instead. ” pic.twitter.com/9N6dbxyYs2
– Phobos Reborn (@DauntlessPhobos) April 17, 2022
It’s become par for the course these days for people to go after Jaden Smith or others from his famous family on social media. People have been picking apart many of the things Jaden, his sister Willow or mother Jada have said or done in recent years, following Will Smith’s shocking, violent and career-devastating outburst at the March 27 Academy Awards ceremony.
Before the outburst, Will Smith his wife and children had built a successful and lucrative family brand that’s based on their “seemingly authentic geniality,” as the New York Times said. With Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch show, “Red Table Talk,” the family also has displayed a reality TV-style willingness to open up about their individual struggles and relationships with one another.
But now people wonder whether Will Smith’s outburst, which led to him being banned for 10 years from any Oscars-related event, was related to some hidden malignancy in his family ethos.
It did not help that the Smith family came across as arrogant and oblivious to the upset caused by the “King Richard” star when they happily celebrated his best-actor win at the Vanity Fair’s Oscars party, “as if nothing happened,” the The New York Times said.
At the party, Smith rapped and danced to “Gettin ‘Jiggy Wit It,” his hit from his youthful days a rapper. Inexplicably, Jada Pinkett Smith proclaimed to the Hollywood Reporter: “It’s been a beautiful night.” Jaden Smith also contributed to the growing backlash against the family by boasting on Twitter: “And that’s how we do it.”
It’s become Hollywood lore that Jaden Smith is the product of what some see as Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s unconventional parenting choices. The couple have talked about not believing in punishment and giving their children wide latitude to make their own choices.
When Jaden was 14, he and his father gave a joint interview to promote their film “After Earth.” Will Smith told Metro: “The way we deal with our kids is, they are responsible for their lives. Our concept is, as young as possible, give them as much control over their lives as possible and the concept of punishment, our experience has been – it has a little too much of a negative quality. ”
In his BigBoyTV interview, Jaden Smith echoed the idea of being given wide latitude and treated like an adult at a young age. Jaden said his parents had him sit “at the head of the table” when they were involved in complex negotiations for films and other projects. That’s when he said he was grateful he spent more of his childhood around adults more than his peers.
Jaden Smith admitted that he does like to “play songs loud” and “jump in the club in Atlanta” from time to time, but he is mostly preoccupied with “looking for that next thing.”
“I’m not satisfied at just, like, a party,” he concluded.
For those bothered by Jaden Smith’s unrestrained self-confidence, he revealed that it came from his parents.
“My parents always told me that I could fly,” Jaden Smith said in the interview. “My parents always told me that I could dig a hole to the next side of the earth.” But Jaden Smith revealed he’d annoy his father if he ever said he wasn’t sure if he could do something.
“My dad would be like, ‘What did you just say, what did you just say?'” Jaden Smith said. “We’d get into an hour-long conversation about how I got into trouble because I said I couldn’t do something.”