News of Willow Smith not only working on an album but a remake of the musical 'Annie' with her father, Will Smith and Grammy Award winner Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) has proven to be too much for award-winning and best selling author Terry McMillan. The NAACP Image Award nominee (2011) and author of 'Waiting To Exhale' and its follow up 'Getting To Happy' says Smith and her brother, Jaden(The Karate Kid) are "getting pimped and exploited" and already "act like child stars" !
"The Smith children already act like child stars. There’s an arrogance in their demeanor and behavior. I find it incredibly sad," McMillan wrote Wednesday. "It feels like the Smith children are being pimped and exploited. Or, they’re already hungry for fame. What about 4th grade? A lot of A-list movie stars shielded their children from the Hollywood-world until they were old enough to decide. Look at those who didn’t. Look at Lindsay. Phoenix. To name but a few. They miss out on childhood. It’s more important than fame."
Despite claims by Willow that she loves what she's doing, discussing the success of her single "Whip My Hair" in recent interviews, McMillan says it's all "total bullsh*t".
"These kids don’t already know what they “love”. Total bullsh*t. They’re not prodigies. They think Hollywood is real," says McMillan. "Why don’t they do a remake of The Little Rascals and call it a day? Or, come up with an original film with some ethnic pride. Come on."
Nonetheless, McMillan says she's raised her son and will not waste another minute worrying about how Will & Jada are raising their kids.
"I’ve said enough about the Smith children. I’m not debating about them. It’s just my opinion. People can justify anything, though. In 4th grade my son came home complaining that the kids in his school said I was famous and rich. I told him that was not true. That some of my books were popular but not everybody liked them. That we could afford a vacation. “Oh” he said, and went back & repeated it. I wanted him to think of me as his mother. He didn’t read any of my novels until he was 15. He only read 26 pages. Was bored," says McMillan. "I raised my son. I’m not wasting another minute worrying about how Will & Jada are raising their kids. P.S. I loved the Karate Kid."
Terry McMillan issues an apology
I apologize for using the word pimp and exploit in referring to the Smith children. It was insensitive of me and wrong. Twitter is not the best forum to express some things. I didn’t know folks would take my opinion so personally. It is amazing, though, how fast an unflattering comment gets retweeted versus one that’s flattering. I’m done with this issue. My opinion isn’t going to change anything.
There are a lot more important things going on in the world right now. My Mama used to say: “They’ll talk about you if you do. And talk about you if you don’t. Let ‘em talk.” Some folks look for a reason to criticize you. They’re getting off on it and are saying much worse things than I did. I’ve got work to do. I hope everybody who has something important to do today besides worry about the Smith children, does it.
And for those of you who were so offended by what I said or thought I was being disrespectful, unfollow me.
OP: She could have worded it better but I agree with her. The Smith kids act way
too grown and sassy for my taste.