Jada Pinkett Smith defends decision to let daughter Willow join her in domestic violence talk
The particular episode of 'Red Table Talk' was so moving that it left both Jada and her mother in tears as they recalled her late father’s alleged violent tendencies when drinking
Jada Pinkett Smith is quite aware of what's good for her children and what's not, she'd like all her critics to know. The actress thinks that is it important for children to be included in important discussions, especially like domestic violence and abuse.
It was on Wednesday that the 47-year-old actress opened up on the issue during her 'Red Table Talk' discussion, and discussed the backlash and "flak" she received from hundreds of people after including her 18-year-old daughter, Willow, in a previous episode dealing with the same topic.
"A lot of people were talking about the idea of having Willow at the table and talking about this subject matter," Jada noted, with her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, by her side. And in spite of all the criticism, Jada did not fail to make people see the value in involving her teen daughter in the discussion.
"I just need for people to understand that Willow’s not always at the table to talk about experiences or to act as an expert of any kind, but as a student, because her mother and her grandmother have gone through a lot of things in life and it’s really about her hearing about our experiences and us being open to understanding what is happening in her life as well."
"This is a conversation. And I think it’s important that we understand and I hope that we can be even more inclusive in our own families with our young adults because that’s how we learn," Jada said. "It’s called prevention as well."
Soon after, Jada's mother Adrienne joined in the discussion and factually pointed out that roughly 1.5 million high schoolers in the U.S. admit to being "intentionally hit or physically harmed in the last year by someone they are romantically involved with," further highlighting the significance of including Willow.
The talk earlier this week about the domestic violence that the Smith family went through was extremely emotional for viewers and the family alike, as Adrienne opened up about her physically abusive relationship with Jada's late father Robsol Pinkett Jr. The particular episode was so moving that it left both Jada and her mother in tears as they recalled her father’s alleged violent tendencies when drinking.
"He gave me a black eye once, and I tried to hide it from Mommy, but she saw it," Adrienne said during the episode, adding that her mother, a social worker, warned her about him the first time she met him. "...but I do know when enough gets to be enough, and you gotta get out of there. And I actually ran for my life."