That’s all. Just plain ole’ weird. Don’t overthink anything. The lil’ girl is weird too. Willow. Yeah, she’s weird and her brother is weird and when you really listen to Jada, you realize she’s a little weird too. Sometimes when I listen to Jada talk for more than about 20 seconds, I feel like I must’ve missed a sentence. Like maybe I blinked too long or maybe my ears popped or maybe I have a mild form of epilepsy because I go from understanding/agreeing to doubting/side eying her in a matter of about 2 seconds. Strange. Might go to the doctor about it. (Maybe I’m the weird one here . . . that’s too much for me to think about right now) Will is cool though. I can usually follow his logic from top to bottom, A to Z. The rest of the family is on some right to left, J to Q type stuff.
Let me back up. I’m talking about Jaden Smith today because he recently appeared in a Louis Vuitton ad, which would be great for his career and maybe even for his image except that he appeared in an ad for womenswear. Like, girl stuff. We’re talking skirts and little knit shirts with . . . are those tassles? Idk. Point is, he’s wearing clothes that we would traditionally only associate with women. And because of the recent, tumultuous, abhorrent, ratchet, hate-inspired intolerance shown toward racial minorities and LGBTQ communities or maybe because everyone is tired of talking about Donald Trump politics and would rather talk about lil’ weird boys, lots of commentators/bloggers/Twitter ranters have accused the powers that be of emasculating the black male and “attack[ing] the psyche of the Black boy.” Then defenders of Jaden (that sounds like a special ops team or something – “Defenders of Jaden” to the rescue!) have heralded him for taking control of his sexuality, masculinity, and gender and have taken this opportunity to point out our messed up, misogynistic society.
Do you know what I would like to point out though? The fact that Jaden is weird. That’s it. All I got. I don’t have any deep analysis of this whole situation and you want to know why? Because it MIGHT just be possible that it ain’t that deep. Jaden has been doing non-traditional, eff your rules, I don’t care, do what I want type stuff for years now. Ain’t not a one person said anything about racism or misogyny when he wore that white superhero junt to his prom. I mean, some words were said for sure (I had a few myself), but it wasn’t that deep. None of this is that deep. You can really save your deepness for MLK Day. Rest your neurons, folks. Jaden and Willow are unusual characters who were raised to be free thinkers, who happen to have access to a lot of money, and who have the luxury of a platform with the comfort of a privileged bubble on which to rest their weird haircuts. Please read this interview they did about a year ago. Weirdness confirmed right? To be fair, they are both really young and probably evolving constantly just because that’s what humans do. I also think Jaden has responded bravely and boldly to his critics, which I know I could not have done at his age.
Let me just say that I do understand how people’s responses have conjured up some cause for concern and deeper conversation. And maybe the point is that it’s not about Jaden but about the core beliefs we seem to hold true and how those beliefs stifle people’s expression of themselves. I get it. I truly understand. Jaden is just not going to have me on FB and Twitter getting all in my feelings about the mental wellness and perception of black men, gender roles, fashion trends, and sixteen year olds. No. No. Uh uh. Na. Not today. I got other stuff I’m supposed to be doing.
Shout out to this sweet thang who grew up to be nothing like we thought. That’a way to keep us guessing, Jaden.