The NYT Interview With Willow And Jaden Smith Shows Them To Be Wise, Wealthy, And Believers In Holograms
And despite the fact that a lot of their perspectives can’t help but be colored by their immense wealth and privilege, you have to respect their views on “normal school”:
JADEN: Kids who go to normal school are so teenagery, so angsty.
WILLOW: They never want to do anything, they’re so tired.
JADEN: You never learn anything in school. Think about how many car accidents happen every day. Driver’s ed? What’s up? I still haven’t been to driver’s ed because if everybody I know has been in an accident, I can’t see how driver’s ed is really helping them out.
WILLOW: I went to school for one year. It was the best experience but the worst experience. The best experience because I was, like, “Oh, now I know why kids are so depressed.” But it was the worst experience because I was depressed.
Preach. Teenagers are the worst. (Except for you guys. You’re cool.) Obviously, the fact that these kids have an option other than “normal school” that won’t result in them taking double shifts at Burger King is something that most other kids don’t have. They may not have that kind of perspective yet on their good fortune compared to what other kids have as their only choice. That said, Willow and Jaden have had the opportunity to learn some lessons that most kids who have to go to “normal school” don’t get the chance to explore. They have learned that if they don’t like they see, then they can create what’s missing:
JADEN: Honestly, we’re just trying to make music that we think is cool. We don’t think a lot of the music out there is that cool. So we make our own music. We don’t have any song that we like to listen to on the P.C.H. by any other artist, you know?
WILLOW: That’s what I do with novels. There’re no novels that I like to read so I write my own novels, and then I read them again, and it’s the best thing.
JADEN: Willow’s been writing her own novels since she was 6.
Clearly privileged? Maybe. Clearly awesome? Definitely. Who doesn’t want a kid that says, “I don’t like what I hear on the radio. I’m going to go to my room and make up my own music.” That deserves a high five both up high and down low.
One day these two will meet the real world outside of their parent’s influence and will likely get some rude awakenings. But I would never want to discourage any teenager who wants to change the world, even if it is Jaden Smith, a wealthy teenager who makes bad movies. He and his sister are still kids, but for the most part, they show a kind of moxie in this interview that I hope my own kids have at their age:
JADEN: The only way to change something is to shock it. If you want your muscles to grow, you have to shock them. If you want society to change, you have to shock them.
You are very wise, Smith children. Very wise indeed. Now may I please borrow some money so I can paint my house. Thank you.