The Facebook Watch star gives example of how her own husband, Will Smith, has carelessly ignored the disturbing allegations for the sake of entertainment.
Jada Pinkett Smith says it’s "heartbreaking" how some viewers have criticized victims who have spoke out against R. Kelly.
On a special edition of "Red Table Talk," titled "Surviving R. Kelly: The Aftermath (Part 1)," Jada, her daughter Willow Smith and her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones discussed the disturbing, yet eye-opening Lifetime documentary "Surviving R. Kelly," in which many women opened up about their traumatizing experiences with the controversial R&B singer.
While allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse with women and underage girls have plagued Kelly for years, he has continued to deny all allegations and has never been convicted of any wrongdoing. He threatened to sue Lifetime if they aired the documentary, but the network didn’t back down, and now the allegations are being discussed and debated across the country.
"I think that’s been very heartbreaking for me," she added. "Just how harsh the reactions have been."
Jada blamed the public at large, including herself, for ignoring the testimonies of the alleged victims years ago.
"I have to tell you, I felt a lot of things," she said. "I had a lot of feelings about it. One being, I was like ‘Man, wow how complicit we all have been?’ That really broke my heart, like to really think about. We, we ignored it."
Willow pointed out that she’s particularly seen other black women slamming the survivors. They showed a few comments, where some viewers claimed that Kelly’s accusers were lying about their stories and were just in it for attention.
"I don’t know how we can expect to point fingers at other communities that might come in and violate us," Jada said. "We go out and march and we do all of these things, but then we’re not willing to look at ourselves and we’re not willing to protect our own."
The "Girls Trip" star expressed that we all need to start "examining the self-hatred" and focus on the children who have been raped and molested. Jada pointed out how some of the negative reactions included people saying that the underage victims were just "gold diggers" and "hot ass little girls."
"Those kind of reactions shut people down," she argued.
Both Jada and Willow regret that they didn’t realize the severity of Kelly’s controversial history of alleged sexual misconduct. Jada admitted that it "slipped under [her] radar" when Will used Kelly’s hit "I Believe (I Can Fly)" on Instagram while bungee jumping out of a helicopter back in September.
"That just goes to show you…see how things will fly under our radar?" Jada said. "You’ll forget but that’s how we’re all complicit because guess what, how can you forget? How can you forget?"
"You can’t forget," she continued. "That’s why we should all have screamed from the rafters."
Jada went on to point out that she was particularly angered by a juror in Kelly’s 2008 child pornography case who voted in favor of Kelly’s innocence. The juror, John Petrean, who was interviewed in the Lifetime series, said he didn’t believe the accusers because he didn’t like what they were wearing and how they acted. "
"Don’t nobody asked you what you liked," Jada snapped. "Look at the evidence."
Also during the special edition of "Red Table Talk," the three women spoke with Kelly’s ex, Lisa Van Allen. The accuser, who has appeared on the documentary, brought Jada to tears while speaking about her disturbing history with the controversial singer.
One very unsettling revelation that Allen brought up was how Kelly acted around her daughter at the time. Allen recalled how Kelly always wanted her daughter to always wear dresses and would give her money to do so. When Allen realized Kelly’s affection for young girls, she understood why Kelly was so adamant about her child wearing the girlish clothing.
Allen’s daughter, now 16, will be featured on Part 2 of the "Red Table Talk" special airing on Monday.
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