When I heard that his son Jaden had asked to be emancipated at age 15, I thought that it was absurd. But I decided not to write about it. It has always been apparent to me that both Will and his wife were part of some "new age" parenting/marriage nonsense. Letting their 10-year-old daughter cut her hair into some kind of wild abstract sculpture in the name of self expression and Jada Pinkett Smith making ambiguous statements about their marriage being "open" were clear signs of some sort of odd dysfunction in my opinion. I realize that the term "odd dysfunction" may sound like an oxymoron but, it's a fitting description.
The only thing that puzzles me more than their family philosophy is the fact that they have some how become a shining example of the all American family. They have even been recognized and idolized by some in the African-American community because of their ability to maintain a marriage and a cohesive unit. It seems as If maintaining a marriage these days is defined by nothing more than just staying married. It is a sad state of affairs when just being anything is the standard. The quality and substance of the subject no longer seems to matter.
The dangerous thing about this is the fact that putting someone or something on a pedestal based on "fluff" is that sooner or later they'll start to believe that they actually belong there. They start to believe that they have the answers to the mystery of life, and can solve the riddle of the sphinx. They began to believe that their way of being is absolute gospel. When in reality, their pseudo-intellectual musing amounts to nothing more than narcissistic grandiosity void of all substance.
In a recent interview Will Smith decided to expand his scope on parenting beyond the Smith household to a few observations on African American parenting in general.