• Wed, May 7 - 2:55 pm ET

Will & Jada Smith React To The Willow Smith/Moises Arias Scandal With A Big Fat ‘Whatever’

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I will readily admit that I do not necessarily understand the lives of celebrities (after all, I am not one), but sometimes their reactions to problematic situations are too ridiculous to not shake my head at. Remember that whole Willow Smith is 13 years old and in bed with a shirtless 20-year-old” thing that came up this morning? If not, go take a look at it. Just do it. I’ll wait. Okay now, did it make you get the heebie jeebies, too? Good, you’re a human being with normal instincts who thinks it’s weird for kids to be in bed with with shirtless adults.* But we can’t help wondering what Willow’s parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith think about the whole debacle!

The 20-year-old in question is one Moises Arias, an actor best known for his role in Hannah Montana. Apparently, he is a friend of the family and hangs out a ton with little Jaden Smith, Willow’s sibling who is best known for being Will Smith’s tiny clone and wearing Iron Man costumes on dates with Kylie Jenner. According to “sources close to the Smith family” who spoke to TMZ, his status as a good friend of the Smith bunch has reportedly made this all cool with Jada and Will.

Dear Will & Jada: Please Don't Let 13-Year-Old Willow Make Her 'Own Decisions' With Shirtless Adult Men

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images

The source told TMZ that Willow’s parents consider her “very mature” and that as long as her decisions “don’t clearly cross the line” then they trust her to make decent ones. See, the issue I take with this is that Willow Smith is a 13-year-old child who does not yet have the capacity nor the responsibility to make all her own decisions; if it were my child, I would hope to prevent any sort of line-crossing before happened rather than getting down to business after the fact.

Sadly, TMZ reports this regarding how her parents see the pic:

Will and Jada view the now-famous photo of Willow in bed with 20-year-old “Hannah Montana” star Moises Arias as innocent fun … an expression of art.

Right. Because when I was 20, I loved those fun times where I sat around shirtless with 13-year-olds! You know, because that’s totally normal behavior for an adult man to do around a little girl. Excuse me now, I need to go wash my hands and bleach my eyes out.

*If you didn’t have that reaction, I apologize for assuming you are a human being with normal gauges of appropriate behavior between adults and children. My bad.

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  • Lindsey Conklin

    SHE’S 13!!!!!!!! but sure, art.

  • Emma

    Although I agree that since they were in a bed the photo is slightly creepy, I also think everyone is very uptight about the whole thing. If he had been wearing a shirt and she was sitting up, no one would care. Also, 13 year olds are people. Yes, they aren’t fully mature but there’s a good chance that Willow Smith is more mature at 13 than a lot of college freshmen.

    • samantha called it

      Samantha Escobar Mod • 6 minutes ago
      This makes me really uncomfortable. $10 says somebody pulls the “but she’s a MATURE 13-year-old!” card in the next 2 hours.

    • Samantha Escobar

      Hahahaha whomever you are, I love that you just quoted my angry earlier comment :P

    • Emma

      Have you ever thought that being offended by it is what makes it so bad? What constitutes an inappropriate relationship — friendship with a large age gap? A man being shirtless? I feel that everyone’s reaction to this photo amplifies the fear and discomfort we feel by it. From what I’ve read this guy is close friends with the family, almost like a cousin or brother to her. Is the photo in the best taste? No. But that doesn’t mean it merits the social outcry that has occurred.

    • Emma

      Have you ever thought that being offended by it is what makes it so bad? What constitutes an inappropriate relationship — friendship with a large age gap? A man being shirtless? I feel that everyone’s reaction to this photo amplifies the fear and discomfort we feel by it. From what I’ve read this guy is close friends with the family, almost like a cousin or brother to her. Is the photo in the best taste? No. But that doesn’t mean it merits the social outcry that has occurred.

  • Alicia715

    I wasn’t hugely offended by it, but that might be because I first read the headline as it being that she was shirtless and they were in bed together. I was hugely uncomfortable with that.

    I feel like that photo is uncomfortable, but I think it could be a whole lot worse too. So basically, if I had a kid I wouldn’t be okay with it.

  • CMJ

    If it was an actual fashion shoot or something….I might buy the “art” comment….MIGHT.

    This is just a creepy photo – art has nothing to do with it.

  • Anne Marie Hawkins

    If they weren’t both celebrities, I think everyone would be seeing it as: 13-year-old girl has a crush on her brother’s friend who sees her as a little sister and doesn’t think anything of how he dresses around her. ’cause that’s really what it looks like to me.

    • itpainsme2say

      Thank you I was trying to articulate why it didn’t bother me and I just couldn’t describe a situation where this would be understandable (read non sexual which is the vibe I get from the pic) and you nailed it

  • http://flockeoseagulls.flavors.me/ Frances “Librle” Locke

    Yup. This is creepy as hell.

  • Marla Hughes

    What are her parents thinking by allowing a 20 year old man to hang out with their 13 year old daughter. That’s how they ‘mature’ faster than others. Thanks, but I preferred mine to mature at the normal rate w/o any help from ‘older gentleman friends’. (Now I have the song Fancy going through my head.)

  • Romylove

    I would not be at all surprised if she drops a new single in the next few days to ride the publicity train.

  • http://toyboxkiller.tumblr.com/ Cathryn Berarobitch

    To me it’s the bed (complete with rumpled covers) and the sinister lighting that freaks me out about this, not his shirtlessness. If they were, say, in a field on a summer day and similarly posed I wouldn’t find it too weird.

  • FemelleChevalier

    “…if it were my child, I would hope to prevent any sort of line-crossing before happened rather than getting down to business after the fact.”

    THIS. Sure, it might be non-sexual and might not meant a thing in real life, but for the parents to be so blasé about the whole thing by saying that she’s a “mature” thirteen year-old? How about protecting your child first and foremost? Isn’t that a parent’s job?

  • Penelope

    Why is no one asking the question “Hey Moises, the resident adult in the photo, what were you thinking taking a shirtless photo in bed with a 13 year old?” I don’t see any articles questioning his judgment. Willow and Co. are getting all the grief, albeit deserved.
    He’s just as much an adult as Willow’s parents are. Backlash seems a bit uneven.

  • http://batman-news.com Tracey C

    It looks like they are all hanging out in a room and it is normal to sit on a bed in a room with a group of friends. He’s like a big brother or an older cousin to her. I hung out with my older cousin’s when I was a teen and they were nice and said I was cute but never tried anything. They were like older family members. Sure some pervy dudes might go ahead and hook up with the girl but odds are that it would be a secret. The fact that they are so open is probably proof that this is a lot more innocent than people seem to be making it out to be.