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Author Terry McMillan Sorry For Calling Jaden & Willow Smith 'Pimped & Exploited!'

Sat, January 29, 2011 11:00am EDT by 9 Comments; Getty Images

Terry wants Jaden and Willow to know that she’s sorry for calling them ‘pimped & exploited.’ But does Terry have a point when she says these kids are too young for careers in Hollywood?

Best-selling author Terry McMillan apologizes for bashing Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith‘s kids—son Jaden, 12, and daughter Willow, 10. “I apologize for using the word pimp and exploit in referring to the Smith children,” Terry tweeted on Jan. 27. “It was insensitive of me and wrong.”

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Just the day before, on Jan. 26, Terry called the kids out for basically being childhood fame-chasers. “The Smith children already act like child stars,” she said. “There’s an arrogance in their demeanor and behavior. I find it incredibly sad. It feels like the Smith children are being pimped and exploited. Or, they’re already hungry for fame. What about 4th grade?”

Terry even compared the kids to Lindsay Lohan! “A lot of A-list movie stars shielded their children from the Hollywood-world until they were old enough to decide. Look at those who didn’t,” Terry said. “Look at Lindsay. Phoenix. To name but a few. They miss out on childhood. It’s more important than fame.”

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But after receiving such negative feedback with regards to her harsh comments, Terry decided to retract her statements. The comments about the Smith children have even been removed from her Twitter page as of Jan. 28.

But HollyMoms, did Terry have a point when she called-out Will and Jada for allowing their young children to pursue fame-driven careers at such early ages? Jaden has starred in the big-screen flick, The Karate Kid alongside Jackie Chan, while his sister Willow has already had a hit single, “Whip My Hair,” and has even signed a record deal with Jay-Z!

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HollyMoms, do you think it was wrong of Will and Jada to encourage their kids to pursue Hollywood careers at such a young age? Vote below!

– Lindsey DiMattina

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