We’re all familiar with the “Stay in School” campaigns that annually make their way to our TV screens, highway billboards and magazine ads. As a new school year commences, Will Smith’s movie star kid, Jaden Smith, advocates the exact opposite, having told more than 4.5 million fans that society should just quit school.
If Everybody In The World Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society.
— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) September 13, 2013
Earlier in his timeline, the After Earth actor unabashedly declared that school is meant to indoctrinate the mass, as opposed to actually educate us.
School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth.
— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) September 12, 2013
In the wake of his nonreformist remarks about “education” and “rebellion,” media figures had a thing or two of their own to say.
Wendy Williams sounds off on the youth, saying:
This boy needs a spanking. It’s easy to say ‘drop out of school’ when you are an entitled, rich kid from Hollywood. But what about the rest of everybody else out here, in the streets, trying to make a way?
Actress Ana Ortiz offered her two cents as well, calling Jaden’s tweets “musings from a spoiled, rich kid.”
I think Wendy is absolutely right. It’s so easy to be so flippant about it, but knowledge is power, education is the key, especially children of color. It’s a real real shame that he’s telling these kids that school is a waste of time. Our people of color –– I mean the brown kids, the black kids –– we need to stay in school. We need to get an education. It’s just appalling and a bit infuriating that he’s going to tell us that we need to drop out of school. Where we going to go then?
Check out more of the discussion in the CNN video clip up top.