Moises Arias’ photo with Willow Smith gets mom’s defense

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(CNN) — A black-and-white photo of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s daughter and an older actor has sparked controversy, but Pinkett Smith says the critics have it wrong.

In a picture that’s been widely circulated online, Pinkett Smith’s 13-year-old daughter Willow is seen lying on a bed fully dressed with 20-year-old “Hannah Montana” star Moises Arias, who is shirtless. Some observers have been disturbed by the photograph, believing the situation depicted was too intimate for a young teen.

According to TMZ, Arias initially posted the photo to Instagram but has since removed it, although it’s still on his website.

Smith’s mom, Jada Pinkett Smith, has said she doesn’t see anything wrong with the photograph. In fact, she said Wednesday, anyone who does should question their interpretation.

“Here’s the deal,” she told TMZ photographers. “There was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation.

“You guys are projecting your trash onto it, and you’re acting like covert pedophiles,” she said. “That’s not cool.”

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  • Blanca

    Like a family friend never ever molests their friend’s kid. Nope, never see that in the news. Doesn’t happen. Ever. It’s perfectly normal for a 20 year old to hang out with a 13 year old. Half naked. On a bed. Nothing to worry about. Nope. After all, a kid doesn’t need boundaries. A kid don’t need rules. A child can hang out til midnight and have flings with older adults as long as they have a good reason. Who cares? After all, it’s their body. They can ruin their life if they want. Who gives a whoop? Kids can raise themselves. They don’t need parents telling them what they can and can’t do. How foolish of Will and Jada. How irresponsible. They are setting this poor kid up for disaster.

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