Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Jada Pinkett Smith Is Not A Lesbian, Film At 11.
Perhaps it may have had something to do with how Jada Pinkett Smith is actually *in* a heterosexual relationship? Or, at least she is. . . Who knows what gender Will Smith really is?
After some students were offended by Jada Pinkett Smith’s comments at Saturday’s Cultural Rhythms show, the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Supporters Alliance (BGLTSA) and the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations have begun working together to increase sensitivity toward issues of sexuality at Harvard.
Students said that some of Pinkett Smith’s remarks concerning appropriate gender roles were specific to heterosexual relationships.
BGLTSA Co-Chair Jordan B. Woods ’06 said that, while many BGLTSA members thought Pinkett Smith’s speech was “motivational,” some were insulted because they thought she narrowly defined the roles of men and women in relationships.
“Some of the content was extremely heteronormative, and made BGLTSA members feel uncomfortable,” he said.
Calling the comments heteronormative, according to Woods, means they implied that standard sexual relationships are only between males and females.
“Our position is that the comments weren’t homophobic, but the content was specific to male-female relationships,” Woods said.
Jennifer has more on the "controversy" over at her site. Her take is pretty much the take you'd expect a feisty Texan married mother of seventeen to take.
Anyways, after reading the Crimson piece on the controversy, I was intrigued-- I wanted to know what Ms. Pinkett Micah Marshall Smith said about relationships.
I couldn't find a transcript-- because I'm lazy-- but I found another Harvard Crimson article about the event that offers some quotes.
What could possibly be offending about her statements? Aside from the fact that Jada Pinkett Smith calls her career "fabulous"?
After being honored, Pinkett Smith gave a warm, teary thanks and shared life lessons with the audience.
“Don’t let anybody define who you are,” she said. “Don’t let them put you in a box. Don’t be afraid to break whatever ceiling anybody has put on you.”
She told the audience about her childhood with teenage parents both addicted to heroin, but triumphantly exclaimed, “I can stand here on this stage and say that I’ve proven them all wrong.”
She then addressed issues regarding the roles of men and women today.
“Women, you can have it all—a loving man, devoted husband, loving children, a fabulous career,” she said. “They say you gotta choose. Nah, nah, nah. We are a new generation of women. We got to set a new standard of rules around here. You can do whatever it is you want. All you have to do is want it.”
“To my men, open your mind, open your eyes to new ideas. Be open,” she added. In an interview after the show, Counter said Pinkett Smith was “the best we’ve had thus far."
How selfish must the offical gay community of Harvard have to be to demand that anyone and everyone speak directly to them?
I don't get it-- I thought we hets just couldn't understand gay lives, and had no right to talk about them. I guess we're damned if we do, damned if we don't.
I guess we could translate Jada's comments to be friendlier and more inclusive to the gay community. Here's my stab:
After being honored, a flannel-clad Pinkett Smith gave a gruff, man-hating thanks and shared life lessons with the audience.Yup. My guess is this would suit the Harvard folks just fine.
“Don’t let Republicans define who you are,” she said. “Don’t let them put your box in a box. Don’t be afraid to break their necks whenever men hit on you.”
She told the audience about her childhood with teenage parents both addicted to heterosexual sex, but triumphantly exclaimed, “I can stand here on this stage and say that I’ve proven them all wrong. Heterosexually wrong.”
She then addressed issues regarding the roles of men and womyn and bisexual and transgendered and eunuchs and plushies and Dirty Sanchez afficianados today.
“Womyn, you can have it all—a loving man or womyn or half-man, half-womyn he-she; a devoted husband or womyn or half-man, half-womyn he-she; loving children or chocolate labrador retriever; a fabulous career working at American Eagle outfitters or Seattle's Best Coffee,” she said.
“They say you gotta choose. Nah, nah, nah. We are a new generation of womyn. We got to set a new standard of rules around here. You can do whatever it is you want. Including get married, get pierced in all sorts of places, shop at army surplus stores, listen to Sleater-Kinney, and dine at the Y. All you have to do is want it. If by 'it' you mean either heterosexual, homosexual, or asexual sex.”
“To my men, open your mind, open your eyes to new ideas. Be open-- to threeways with metrosexual men where your womyn watches you lose your bumcherry faster than you can watch a commercial for 'Oz'” she added.