Jaden Smith on His Gender-Fluid Style Haters: I 'Take the Blows' So the Next Generation 'Won't Get Beat Up'
By Alex Ungerman
Jaden Smith doesn't let those who criticize his challenges to the gender binary get to him.
In a new interview with Nylon magazine, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's son opens up about not minding the hate he gets for his sense of style if it means that kids in the future won't have to go through the same thing.
"The world is going to keep bashing me for whatever I do, and I’m going to keep not caring," the 17-year-old actor tells the publication. "I’m going to take most of the blows for my fellow MSFTS. So, you know, in five years when a kid goes to school wearing a skirt, he won’t get beat up and kids won’t get mad at him."
"It just doesn’t matter," Smith adds. "I’m taking the brunt of it so that later on, my kids and the next generations of kids will all think that certain things are normal that weren’t expected before my time."
The self-assuredness of the Karate Kid star is unsurprising, as Smith has been both a vocal and demonstrative proponent of gender-fluid fashion in the past.
"I feel like people are kind of confused about gender norms," he said at the time. "I feel like people don't really get it. I'm not saying that I get it. I'm just saying that I've never seen any distinction."
A great deal of Smith's (and his sister, Willow's) self confidence arguably has to do with their parents.