Jaden Smith, Like A Normal Rapper, Has Moved To Women’s Fashion
Actor and rapper Jaden Smith (Will’s son) stars in Louis Vuitton’s SS16 Womenswear Ad Campaign. Louis Vuitton’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquière posted photos from the Spring/Summer 16 collection on Instagram Saturday. Smith is the first male to front a women’s campaign for the brand.
Jaden Smith And The Black Community
The influence of the Black Church, the importance of masculinity and the role of the family appear to be the underlying causes of LGBTQ opposition in the Black community. It’s against the teachings of the Bible and therefore deemed immoral. Generally men, and black men being no exception, see LGBTQ as a threat to their masculinity and detracting from their maleness. The idea of procreation is very important within the larger concept of the Black family. LGBTQ cannot have kids “naturally” which makes them negative role models for Black youth.
Jaden Smith comes from a stable, two parent home. His parents are not Christians. He and his sister are, if anything, confident in who they are. Jaden Smith is the future, and it’s bright.
Jaden Smith and Hip Hop
Rapalytics has currently processed lyrical content of over 10,000 songs from over 150 artists. To quantify profanity, Rapalytics simply counts the number of profane words using this list and computes its percentage of the total words. There are 8 categories of profane words: N-word, Misogynistic, Homophobic, F*ck, A*s, Sh*t, Sexual and miscellaneous. This is available as a browsable visualization that lets users compare rappers and look at profanity usage over time.
Jaden is a continuation of where A$AP Mob, Kanye West and Young Thug were already taking us. LGBTQ opposition wanes in hip-hop because of the changing views of the consumer and opportunities it eliminates for rappers. As crazy as it sounds, many rappers would trade places with him.
Beware, Jaden Smith
Bruce Jenner as “woman of the year,” and Jaden Smith as “the new face of… Womenswear…” are complicated situations. As a proud feminist, I can’t ignore the fact that there are biological and physical traits that separate the sexes. I don’t care about how people identity, but I do care about co-opting movements, and I question the motives behind those giving these awards.