Jaden Smith is mocked on social media for preferring to be around adults as a child… as he says Will and Jada never had an ‘expectation’ that he’d follow in their footsteps
Jaden Smith revealed he’s an old soul who has preferred conversations with adults to people his own age ever since he was a child in a recent interview.
The 23-year-old rapper admitted he would much rather be discussing politics or culture than more frivolous pursuits in a conversation for BigBoyTV that was released earlier in April.
During the chat, the After Earth star also explained that his parents Will and Jada Smith never had any ‘expectation’ that he would follow their path with an entertainment industry career, though they made it clear that he had to ‘live up to [their] expectations.’
Mature conversations: Jaden Smith, 23, was trolled on social media after admitting that he preferred conversations with adults over chatting with people his own age when he was younger in an interview from earlier in April
‘I am very happy that I spent my childhood with more adults than I did with kids my own age, because I was picking up more things from adults than I were [sic] from kids my own age,’ said Jaden, who wore a baby blue hoodie to his interview and sported dyed-blond hair.
Then he started babbling in a high-pitched squeal to immediate children and teenagers, shouting, ‘Bro! Look at my phone! Selfie!’
‘I’m just, like, “Dude, like, oh my God. Can we talk about the political and economic state of the world, right now?”‘ he continued in a lower, more mature tone. ‘Can we talk about what’s going on in the environment? Can we talk about other things?’
Even if he enjoyed more serious pursuits, he wasn’t opposed to letting loose and having some fun now and then.
‘I like to turn up. I like to flex. I like to play songs loud and jump in the crowd in Atlanta,’ he clarified.
‘I am very happy that I spent my childhood with more adults than I did with kids my own age, because I was picking up more things from adults than I were [sic] from kids my own age,’ he said
Going after him: Twitter users mocked his admission that he preferred to chat about the ‘political and economic state’ of the world
Having a laugh: One user shared a still of SpongeBob SquarePants looking sad. ‘8 year old Jaden smith when jada gave him a spider man themed birthday party instead of a book study on the war of mesopotamia,’ they joked
Not all business: Jaden admitted he still liked to have fun sometimes. ‘I like to turn up. I like to flex. I like to play songs loud and jump in the crowd in Atlanta,’ he clarified
But he added that he couldn’t be completely ‘satisfied’ when he was at a ‘party.’
‘I’m always looking for that next thing,’ he said.
The section of the interview spurred on a series of mocking posts about Jaden on Twitter, as trolls made fun of his desire for more high-minded conversation.
One user posted photos of Travis Scott rubbing his forehead anxiously, writing, ‘Jaden Smith when he sees kids going to birthday parties instead of discussing politics and the economic state of the world.’
Another user shared a humorous still of SpongeBob SquarePants looking sad and deflated.
‘8 year old Jaden smith when jada gave him a spider man themed birthday party instead of a book study on the war of mesopotamia,’ they jokingly captioned it.
One tweet included a video of Cristiano Ronaldo excitedly rising to his feet to accept an award.
‘Jaden Smith after telling every kid in recess that they only have 20 years to live because of global warming,’ the author wrote.
Close to home: One Twitter user poked fun at him with a still from The Pursuit Of Happyness, which he starred in with his father Will Smith
Mocking: Another person posted a humorous drawing of a man with a brain that had grown big enough that he could sit on it. How Jaden Smith felt like when he said “bro can we talk about the political and economic state of the world right now” to a bunch of middle schoolers’
No comment: Jaden steered clear of any discussion of the moment when his father slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards ceremony; seen March 27
Others included photos of Jaden, including one person who shared a set photo from his film The Pursuit Of Happyness, which costarred his father Will Smith.
‘My favorite part of The Pursuit of Happiness was when young Jaden Smith said to Will, “Father the socioeconomic state of New York City will not permit you to maintain a baseline lifestyle as a door to door saleman, you should attempt to join an investment firm instead,”‘ the user wrote.
Another person posted a humorous drawing of a man with a brain that had grown so large that he was able to sit on it like a chair, which they captioned: ‘How Jaden Smith felt like when he said “bro can we talk about the political and economic state of the world right now” to a bunch of middle schoolers.’
Although Jaden was comfortable speaking about the dynamic between himself and his parents, he notably steered clear of any discussion of the moment when his father slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards ceremony.
In the wake of the shocking attack, Smith resigned from the Academy, and he was subsequently barred from the Oscars ceremony for 10 years, though he can still be nominated and can win awards.
Free to choose his path: Jaden also opened up in the interview about his famous parents and how they never tried to steer him toward a career in show business
No pressure: ‘There was never that expectation,’ he said. ‘And definitely not going into hip hop; seen with Jada, Willow, Will and Trey Smith on March 27
Jaden also opened up in the interview about his famous parents and how they never tried to steer him toward a career in show business.
‘There was never that expectation,’ he said of following in Will and Jada’s footsteps. ‘And definitely not going into hip hop.’
The musician shared that he and his sister Willow would film parodies of their mother’s series The Matrix when they were younger.
‘I thought everybody’s parents made movies and I thought that everyone made movies with their kids, too,’ he admitted.
He may have developed his preference for serious chats with older individuals after getting a front-row seat to his parents’ business meetings about their upcoming projects.
‘They would be having a meeting about their next film or something and they would put me at the head of the table and just make me sit there while they’re talking, debating with all of these people, talk numbers, talk all of this crazy stuff,’ Jaden said.
Word of warning: Still, his parents alerted him that other people might expect that he would accomplish as much as they had throughout their careers; seen with Jada on March 27
Although Will and Jada weren’t placing their own expectations on Jaden, they made sure he understood that other people might expect him to achieve as much as they had.
‘They made us aware of it before we even found out from other people that there was this expectation on us. They said, “Hey people out there in the outside world, they’re gonna say this and they’re gonna say you have to live up to our expectations of what we’ve done and what we’ve accomplished in our lives and you have to live with that,”‘ he recalled. ‘So we kind of knew that when we were young.’
That dose of realism, which was mixed with encouragement from his parents, helped instill confidence in Jaden.
‘My parents always told me that I could fly. My parents told me that I could dig a hole to the next side of the earth,’ he said. ‘I would always ask them if I could do things, they would always say yes.
‘They wouldn’t necessarily be like, “Here it is!”‘ he clarified. ‘When it’s time to go get the shovel it was like, you get the damn shovel. But they would always let me know that you could do that.’
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