The Fresh Prince Isn’t So Fresh Anymore


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I cannot get enough of the commentary going around about Jada Pinkett Smith. I have been watching comments pour in, and it is moments like this that are rich in culture. As it turns out, we are not all so far away from each other and it is possible for the general population to collectively agree on certain issues, like the fact that wives should have basic respect for their husbands. How Jada has been treating Will is anything but respectful.

Will and Jada have lied to the public about their relationship for years. Externally, they attempted to make their sham of a marriage appear pleasant and progressive, but secretly, they have been miserable and unhappy the whole time. She has cheated on him, he’s probably cheated on her, and now, they are trying to spin some progressive narrative that they were not even together. Meanwhile, Jada cannot stop talking about Tupac, her true soulmate who she is bizarrely obsessed with — and nobody knows why. There’s not even any real proof of the two ever being that close. The theories on the Tupac debacle roaming around the internet have been quite funny. 

Yet Jada and Will are not going to separate. In fact, she believes they will once again live together so she can care for him — because, after all, he’s getting old. When Jada was on The Today Show, she talked to Hoda Kotb about working on their marriage, saying:

There’s no finding another great love, and I think that’s the point. It’s like, we are in a place now that we are in a deep healing space, and we are really concentrating on healing the relationship between us.

She confirmed there’s no divorce on paper or in theory, and they have “really been working hard.” What a beautiful story. How wonderful. It feels like Cinderella being swept off by a handsome Bel-Air prince — only to have a fake relationship for 10 years, smile in the public’s face while lying to everyone, live in separate homes, and sleep with their children’s friends. 

Now, if none of that is cringe-worthy enough, Will has finally responded. We have all been on the edge of our seats wondering if and when this would happen — all of us silently pleading for Will to put some hair on his chest and stand up for himself. His wife has been humiliating him in public for years, dragging him around like a puppy saying he was ok with the affair she had with his son’s rapper friend (who has now come out as a homosexual). We have all been expecting Will to say something to make us respect him again. Will Smith made us believe in the characters he played. We believed that after an apocalypse, he would be able to rescue the world. But Will hasn’t even been able to rescue his own manhood, let alone give us some kind of a response we have all been hoping for.

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Instead, Will has joined his wife on her book tour — the tour promoting her memoir which basically says she hasn’t been in a relationship with Will for years and is still obsessed with Tupac. But Will, beaming right alongside Jada, has introduced her on this tour, saying, “Jada is the best friend I have ever had on this planet, and I am going to show up for her and support her for the rest of my life.” Clearly, he is overlooking and has quite possibly altogether forgotten Jada’s actual character. He’s expressing total adoration of his wife, her book, bravery, and beauty. Rather than be like one of his heroic movie characters, he’s been a wimp, and the whole situation is incredibly embarrassing for him. 

The public has had an appropriate response, one that has said this is not right. Even people who have wild and progressive ideas about what marriage should be are saying they don’t want to see anymore of this because it’s making them uncomfortable — and rightly so. Because of Will’s ridiculous behavior, everyone is trying to figure out what in the world is actually going on. One theory circulating around is that he might swing for the other side. But there is no need pretending this is how homosexual men live, as though they would be willing to be humiliated in public. No man would ever be happy with their partner treating them as Jada has, regardless of their sexual preference. So, is she blackmailing him? Does he want her to keep quiet about something so he’s pledged to support her to the end? 

Despite the public backlash, Will is carrying on. He has been completely emasculated, and he’s basically said he loves it. We should all be thankful his movies are done since this makes buying into any of his characters near impossible — because no matter how great of an actor he is, no one can unsee this. This isn’t even toxic man culture; this is just exclusively Will Smith as he proves how extremely feminine he is while Jada flaunts her masculinity. While he needs to take responsibility and man up, we can all see that is not going to happen. The Will Smith you knew and loved is gone. What is left of him — after this disastrous and nonexistent union — is exactly who you should not aspire to be in life. 

When you’re young, you look at people in Hollywood and think, that is who I want to be and that is what I want to do. Everyone has someone they admired as a child, but when you grow up and peek behind the curtain, Hollywood just turns out to be the Wizard of Oz. The people you thought were magical and admirable turn out to be wimpy and cowardly — and wimps and cowards should not be role models. If you get up every day, go to work, support your family, and come home to them each evening, you are better people than 99.9% of the people who are promoted in Hollywood. 


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