Jada Pinkett Smith believes it is vital to include the younger folk in critical discussions such as domestic violence. On Wednesday the 47 year old actress talked about her decision to include Willow in her discussions and how she had to deal with backlash and flack from the public for doing so. She made an appearance on the show Red Table Talk to open up about how she felt.
“A lot of people were talking about the idea of having Willow at the table and talking about this subject matter,” Smith noted, with her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, by her side. “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.”
Despite all of the criticism she has received, she still stands by her decision to include Willow in these talks. According to her: “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,” Smith said. “It’s called prevention as well.”
Adrienne talked about how around 1.5 million high schoolers in the US admit to being hit on purpose and harmed in the process in the last year by someone they were romantically tied to. This further buttresses the importance of including Willow in these discussions.
The issues around domestic violence and the discussions that go on about it was discussed in an emotionally charged episode of the show and Adrienne talked about how her physically abusive relationship with Smith’s late dad, Robsol Pinkett Jr affected her.
This topic was a very emotional one for Smith and her mother as they both had to hold back tears in the course of recalling their experiences with the violent tendencies of an alcoholic father. Jada, Adrienne and Willow were joined by a domestic violence expert Jenica Morin-Pascual to answer all of the tough questions that viewers and the audience had to ask.