Jada Pinkett Smith explains why she decided to tackle the subject of pornography on her highly acclaimed Facebook show “Red Table Talk.”
She says the decision to talk about the touchy subject came as “a lot of women” she knows have had problems in their relationships because of it.
The 47-year-old actress has admitted that opening up about her experiences with porn in front of her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, and 18-year-old daughter, Willow Smith was a “TMI moment.” Pinkett Smtih says the conversation was important to have because porn can be a tough subject for so many people.
“I must say that that particular show was a TMI moment. [It was] a group decision,” she said during an interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
“There were a lot of women, part of our production team and a lot of friends of ours, that have had problems with their mates in their relationships because of pornography. So we decided to tackle that issue at the Red Table. But, I must say, I learned a little bit too much about my mother and surely about my daughter. I was like, for the first time, I never thought that I, personally, would have a TMI moment at the Red Table and that was the show.”
During the episode – which aired in May – the Girl’s Trip star confessed to her mother and daughter that she’d had an addiction to pornography when she was younger.
“If I was still on my porn game, I’d be able to show you some good porn. Back in the day, I had a little porn addiction, but I wasn’t in a relationship when I had a porn addiction, believe it or not, thank goodness,” she said.
Willow then asked her mother if her “fixation” on porn came from an “emotional” place, which Jada says it did.
“It was actually like filling an emptiness, at least you think it is. But it’s actually not,” she said
And Pinkett Smith wasn’t the only one who spoke candidly about her experiences with adult content. She added that she became aware that daughter Willow was first exposed to pornography around the age of 11 through the Tumblr app.
“I remember the first time I went on Willow’s Tumblr, she was 10 or 11. She was very matter of fact. She said, ‘I’m going to my Tumblr page, but as we’re going to the Tumblr page you’re going to see a lot of stuff. This has nothing to do with me.’ So she’s just scrolling, scrolling,” the actress said. “And when I tell you I saw some of the most hardcore pornography on Tumblr … I saw some hardcore stuff. I was like, ‘Willow!’ And she said, ‘Don’t even pay attention to it.'”