Terry McMillan apologized after a seemingly unprovoked Twitter rant about Jaden and Willow Smith.
Terry McMillan apologized yesterday after a seemingly unprovoked Twitter rant about Jaden and Willow Smith.
After news circulated about Willow’s upcoming role in a theatrical version of Annie, backed by Will Smith and Jay-Z, Terry posted this: "The Smith children already act like child stars. There’s an arrogance in their demeanor and behavior. I find it incredibly sad. It feels like the Smith children are being pimped and exploited.”
Folks, she has exhaled.
Terry’s Twitter followers failed to cosign. After negative feedback, Terry’s initial reaction was to promptly end the discussion.
“I’m not wasting another minute worrying about how Will & Jada are raising their kids. P.S. I loved The Karate Kid.”
However, she returned to the topic with 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 retreated versus one that’s flattering. I’m done with this issue.”
Terry’s negative tweets have since been deleted.
Willow, 11, and Jaden Smith, 12, have been venturing further and further into the Hollywood limelight. Jaden has starred with his father in The Pursuit of Happyness and also starred in the remake of the classic, The Karate Kid. Willow has whipped her way onto the music scene and was recently signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation music label.
The entire Smith family appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2010, and Willow had this to say about her dad: "When I’m in the studio, he keeps me working. He gives me motivation. He says, ‘If you work through this, then you’ll get a hit and everybody will buy it and you’ll get lots of money.’ And he also teaches me that it’s not all about money. It’s about what you want to do."
-Tracy L. Scott