“During these discussions, many have wondered what Will Smith thinks of his son’s embrace of what would traditionally be considered women’s clothing.
“I think that may have been a mistake. We may have gone too far,” a laughing Smith said of his hands-off parenting.
Then he got a little more serious.
“There’s a really powerful internal quality as an artist that as parents we encourage. You got to get out on the edge. You have to try things and be comfortable doing things that people don’t agree with,” Smith explained. “And you have to be comfortable doing things that you could fail. Jaden is 100 percent fearless. He will do anything. 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.”
When I saw the headline I was really interested to hear what Will had to say, since he’s so well known and admired, and his voice is influential.
He dodged the gender issue by focusing on the “art statement” aspect. That isn’t really surprising, but how awesome would it have been if he had made a statement for gender freedom? And who knows what we’ll hear from Will in the future?