Willow Smith has shared her thoughts on cancel culture during a Juneteenth special of Red Table Talk.
During the Juneteenth episode of Red Table Talk that went to air yesterday, Willow Smith spoke about why she feels that cancel culture is wrong.
In the episode, the 19-year-old was speaking alongside her mother Jada Pinkett Smith and grandmother Adrienne Banfield Norris, as well as activists Tamika Mallory and Dr. Angela Davis.
The episode was dedicated to exploring “the state of emergency within Black America.” At one point, Jada proposed that the group “talk about cancel culture.”
It was clearly a topic that Willow is passionate about. “That is so prevalent right now,” she said. “I’m seeing people shaming others, like saying really terrible things, shaming people for what they’re choosing to say or shaming people for not really saying anything at all. But I feel like if we really want change, shaming doesn’t lead to learning.”
Mallory was mostly in agreement with her. “Cancel culture is a little dangerous,” she added. “It definitely is because none of us are perfect. It is a space that is a little difficult to manoeuvre because you do have to leave people room to make mistakes, to grow and to learn, but they have to show that they’re willing.”
Smith’s mother then tried to make the conversation a little lighter. “I’m expecting to be canceled at some point,” she joked, to which Mallory replied: “If you’re not canceled, you’re not really popping.”
Smith has been busy recently. In March, she and her partner Tyler Cole announced they would be trapping themselves in a glass box. The pair went into the box for 24 hours at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. They were raising awareness about anxiety and also promoting their recent collaborative project THE ANXIETY.
Check out ‘Hey You’ by THE ANXIETY (Willow Smith & Tyler Cole):
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