The Internet is still abuzz with talk of yesterday’s semi-massive photo scandal involving 13-year-old Willow Smith and 20-year-old Hannah Montana actor Moises Arias. Now Willow’s mother Jada Pinkett-Smith is reacting publicly to the controversy and she is not happy about all the publicity surrounding it.
If you were asleep all day and missed it, here’s a quick rundown: Moises posted a photo to his Instagram page of himself with Willow. This raised more than a few eyebrows because of three key details: he is shirtless, they are in bed together, and he’s seven years her senior. Later in the afternoon, TMZ reported that Jada and Will Smith were a little bit “whatever” about the whole thing, but now the former seems straight up angry.
While at Los Angeles International airport last night, Jada was approached by members of the paparazzi who apparently asked her about the photo. In response, she defended her daughter’s picture with the older actor:
“Here’s the deal. There was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation.”
And then she flips the whole thing on its head, making the paparazzi into the bad guys:
“You guys are projecting your trash onto it,” she continued to the photographers. “You’re acting like covert pedophiles and that’s not cool.”
There’s a long history of people turning around situations like these and saying things like, “Well, if you view it that way, that’s a problem with your dirty mind” rather than attempting to see it in any potentially negative manner. The fact is that many, many people would feel uncomfortable seeing an image of any 13-year-old in a bed with an adult man who is not wearing a shirt. Plenty of people find it perfectly normal, and they’re welcome to that opinion, but it’s a huge stretch to call people pedophiles for simply being perplexed and concerned about a grown male and a child in a photo like that.