His Fashion Line Backs Up His Beliefs
On his website, MSFTSrep, Jaden Smith has launched a gender-neutral clothing line that he hopes will inspire change in the fashion industry. “It’s pronounced ‘misfits.’ I took the ‘I’ out of ‘misfits’ because we’re a team and there is no ‘I’ in team. It’s a place for the lost kids and everyone to go, and something for them to have.”
He then detailed the kind of customer MSFTSrep caters to, describing “the girl that wants to be a tomboy or the boy that wants to wear a skirt, and people try to condemn. We’re here for you. Tell us your stories. If someone at your school’s trying to pick on you, it doesn’t matter because Jaden Smith’s got your back.” And if anybody’s going to have your back, who better than Jaden Smith?
But Jaden’s not done yet. In 2016, Jaden has the opportunity to do the one thing that his dad could never do at the beginning of his acting career: kiss a boy. Keep Reading for details on Jaden’s on-screen, love-is-love lip lock!
In “The Get Down,” Smith’s Character Isn’t Exactly Straight
Baz Luhrmann’s new Netflix musical drama series, The Get Down, casts the early days of Hip Hop music into a gorgeous period story in New York City. Jaden’s favorite movie is Luhrmann’s 2013 The Great Gatsby, so the young Smith said it was a no-brainer when he was offered the part in the director’s new show.
Jaden’s non–conforming ways are so much an aspect of who he is as an artist that when the world watched as his character, Marcus “Dizzee” Kipling, locked eyes with a young man across the room at a gay club and move in for a same-sex kiss, we felt more pleasantly liberated from the TV love doldrums than we were shocked by something weird or obscene.
For Papa Smith in the 90s, Things Were Different
In 1993, 25-year-old Will Smith played a homosexual con man in the film Six Degrees of Separation. However, the extent of Smith’s character’s homosexuality was theoretical, as Will never actually kissed or embraced another man camera. The reason? At the time, Denzel Washington actually told Smith that playing an overtly gay character might threaten his potential as a Hollywood leading man.
You hear that, Jared Leto? Things are a lot different in Hollywood these days, and there’s no more touching juxtaposition than in the careers of father and son.