Terry McMillan Apologizes For Slamming Will & Jada Smith On Twitter
First Published: January 28, 2011 9:32 PM EST Credit: Getty Images
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Terry McMillan, the author of “Waiting To Exhale” and “How Stella Got Her Groove Back,” was forced to issue an apology of sorts on Twitter this week, after she made headlines for claiming Willow Smith and Jaden Smith “are being pimped and exploited” by their superstar parents.
Terry reportedly posted a series of Tweets, taking aim at Will Smith and Jada Pinket-Smith’s two youngest children.
“The Smith children already act like child stars. There’s an arrogance in their demeanor and behavior. I find it incredibly sad,” she reportedly wrote, according to TheYBF.com (Terry’s Tweets have since been deleted from her account).
“It feels like the Smith children are being pimped and exploited. Or, they’re already hungry for fame. What about 4th grade?” she reportedly continued.
Terry reportedly went on to make a link between keeping kids from the spotlight and what happens when parents don’t, using Lindsay Lohan as an example.
“A lot of A-list movie stars shielded their children from the Hollywood-world until they were old enough to decide. Look at those who didn’t.
“Look at Lindsay. Phoenix. To name but a few. They miss out on childhood. It’s more important than fame,” she reportedly continued.
But after her Tweets made headlines, Terry apologized for the use of one of her words.
“I apologize for using the word pimp and exploit in referring to the Smith children. It was insensitive of me and wrong,” she wrote.
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