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Are young celebrities criticized too much? Jada Pinkett-Smith thinks so. The actress, who also has kids in the industry who have been subjected to stark criticism, recently shared her heart with Facebook fans about the constant attacks of the media aimed at young artists.

“How can we ask for our young stars to have a high level of responsibility if we are not demonstrating that same level of responsibility towards them,” wrote Jada. “This last week, I had to really evaluate the communication in regard to our young artists in the media. I was trying to differentiate cyber-bullying from how we attack and ridicule our young stars through media and social networks. It is as if we have forgotten what it means to be young or even how to behave like good ol’ grown folk,” said Smith.

The actress continued, “Do we feel as though we can say and do what we please without demonstrating any responsibility simply because they are famous…Are these young people not allowed to be young, make mistakes, grow, and eventually transform a million times before our eyes? Are we asking them to defy the laws of nature because of who they are? Why can’t we congratulate them for the capacity to work through their challenges on a world stage and still deliver products that keep them on top?”

Does Jada have a point? Are young celebrities subjected to too much criticism by media?

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  1. Unfortunately things are different than they were 10 years ago. People would talk about you but behind your back. Now, they can logged into a multitude of social networks & leave as many nasty, disrespectful, degrading comments that are seen by the world. These young stars are being held to a higher standard than parents are holding their own children. It’s absolutely ridiculous. Making mistakes is a part of being a child. They ALL make them. Just because these children are in the limelight, does not mean it’s open season. Leave these children be!

  2. I agree, let these kids be kids. Which means keep them out of the spotlight until they’re older. If they ARE in the spotlight, keep them off of things like Twitter and Facebook until they are at least teenagers. But, if Jada wants an environment where her kids are not going to be criticized, then best to get them out of showbiz.

  3. I agree 100 percent! I must add that with being a celebrity comes with criticism! I just hope that these kids have a strong foundation that keeps them on the right path and positive!

  4. I agree with Jada 100%. What’s even sadder is the fact that some of those children didn’t choose that lifestyle. They were basically born into it. People have to realize that, and be careful of the things they say.

  5. Tell ‘em Jada! I sometimes read the comments on here & all i can do is SMH. Picking on Bobbi Kristina b/c she has a gap, tearing apart Willow, it’s just crazy. & the same ones who tear these celebs apart are the same ones who turn to their kids/cousins/nieces & nephews telling them bullying is not ok

    • Trisha, the people on here attacking children over ridiculous things are the parents of the children who are 15 & pregnant with their second child, high school drop outs or weed heads. They are so busy attacking other people’s children, they can’t see the mess their children have become. SMH

  6. I completely agree. Only difference between these celebrity kids and normal kids is their mistakes are more public and normal kids get to make their mistakes in private. People make mistakes and they grow up hopefully learning from those mistakes.

  7. Thank you Jada for speaking up for our young celebrities who are trying to do right, and good in this world. I agree about how “adults” seem to forget that they were young once too. This isn’t our future anymore, young people are making their marks for the better of our community..and I praise all the up and coming young celebrities all over. The media just needs to stay back and let our young people showcase their talents. I wish more adults would come and stand up for them as well. It’s so much better than knocking them down, when we want them standing up.

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