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Take Note: Will Smith Boasts Unquestionable Support for Gender-Fluid Son Jaden

Will Smith has had a larger than average impact on my understanding and absorption of popular culture. In this way we could call him one of the fathers of the 1990s babies. He was once a rapper, he thrice starred along side Tommy Lee Jones in the iconic Men in Black film series, and for much of my childhood, he was one of the last faces I saw before I closed my eyes at night, falling asleep to syndicated reruns of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. 

Now, as his children have grown up, he has stepped back from the spotlight quite a bit except for his recent resurgence in the Oscar-snubbed, Concussion. With children as bold and as unapologetically awesome as Willow and Jaden, it’s not difficult to see the artistic and celebratory environment that Will and Jada have created as parents for their children.

In an interview with BBC One’s A-Dot, Will Smith shares at length some very supportive words for son Jaden as he has embarked as the face for Louis Vuitton’s Womenswear collection, has publicly worn dresses and publicly expressed his gender-fluidity. Of his parenting style, Smith shares:

You know, there’s a really powerful internal quality as an artist that as parents we encourage. You gotta get out on the edge, you have to try things, you have to be comfortable doing things that people don’t agree with and you have to be comfortable doing things that you could fail.

I agree.

And Jaden is 100 percent fearless, he will do anything, you know? So as a parent it’s scary, it’s really terrifying, but he is completely willing to live and die by his own artistic decisions and he just doesn’t concern himself with what people think.

Every child, every person deserves to be supported in this way. How much better would the world be if other parents followed in the footsteps set by the Smiths? It’s almost like they think that a person isn’t defined by the clothing they wear, but more by their indecipherable tweets and friendships with other superstar children.

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