Jaden Smith announced he’s going to disappear from the landscape within ten year’s time. It’s unclear what he intends to do with ten years of down time before his departure, but probably lots of skateboarding and naps. You don’t just give up not going to school or working without some serious planning.
No one will know where I am in 10 years. They’ll see me pop up, but they’ll be like, ‘Where’d you come from?’ No one will know. It’ll be kind of like Banksy. But in a different way. More of a social impact. Helping people. But through art installations.
The thinking behind this is pretty solid. But think less Banksy and more the permanent hero status of Amelia Earhart. Popping up is so last year. Being gone forever is the new thing. Think of the tribute poems your sister will write for nobody outside of HuffPo bloggers to read.
In his latest magazine article where some breathless author pretends Jaden Smith is deep rather than just stupid, Smith compares himself to the great ancient scientists, only his laboratory is the entire world.
I feel like it’s an honor, actually, for people to think I’m crazy. Because they thought Galileo was crazy, too, you know what I’m saying? I don’t think I’m as revolutionary as Galileo, but I don’t think I’m not as revolutionary as Galileo.
Also, nobody thinks you’re not an idiot. People thought Galileo was crazy because his scientific theories were light years ahead of his generation, not because he affected a quirky personality and wore dresses and said look at how crazy I am on social media. You can be a dumb uneducated second rate rapper. You can’ be a dumb uneducated scientist.
There a fine but important line between encouraging your children and indulging them. You’re playing with fire just approximating the line. At seventeen it’s probably too late to beat any self-awareness into Jaden Smith, but if you beat him hard enough, he will not not shut the fuck up.
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