Will Smith was joking about Jaden being emancipated, doesn't see his kids as property
Will Smith has made it clear in a new interview his son Jaden is nowhere neear going to be set free from him or mom Jada Pinkett, so you can stop worrying about his parenting right now. Not that you really were, but Will confirms he's not as crazy as we thought.
"Yeah, that was a joke! I made a joke," he told Haute Living magazine about his jibe that Jaden could move out if he had a bigger movie than dad. "He is definitely not going anywhere; he is so scared of being out on his own. Willow is probably going to be emancipated before Jaden!"
He did say that his way of parenting was reflective of how he was raised. Now it's time to totally misconstrue something else he says.
"My style of parenting is very similar to that of my parents, minus the concept of ownership. I think that, specifically in African American households, the idea coming out of slavery, there's a concept of your children being property and that was a major part that Jada and I released with our kids," Will, 44, tells the magazine. "We respect our children the way we would respect any other person. Things like cleaning up their room. You would never tell a full-grown adult to clean their room, so we don't tell our kids to clean their rooms."
But before you get mad, consider his reasoning: "Actually, we tell our kids ‘you don’t have a room, that’s our room and we are letting you borrow it.’ ... So we feel it’s perfectly reasonable to ask our kids to clean the rooms that we are letting them use." Well, fine, as long as someone respects someone else's property in some way.