Readers — Willow Smith, the 13-year-old daughter of Will and Jada Smith, posted a photo of her on a bed with 20-year-old Moises Arias next to her. It is (can I be honest here?) a provocative picture. But: Why is that the government’s concern?
An unnamed source told RadarOnline that the Los Angeles Department of Children & Family Services has opened a file on the family. “This won’t be just one or two visits with the family, and it will likely be an open investigation for at least a month, out of an abundance of caution.”
Ah, that haunting phrase — “an abundance of caution” — that ostensibly gives the government a right to poke its nose into our homes, our family life, even our artistic taste, if it finds any of these unsettling.
I feel terrible for the Smiths, who do not seem to have starved, beaten or drugged their child, and yet are being treated as if they are unfit parents. But I feel a little glad to see CPS’s intrusiveness become a public issue. Even if you don’t want your kid posting bed photos (who does?), that’s something to be discussed between you and your child, not you and an agency that can take your child away. If every time a kid did something embarrassing or stupid it was proof of criminal parenting, they’d have to build skyscraper prisons.
CPS does not exist to act as our national grandma, tsk tsking our parenting skills. It exists to protect children in actual peril at the hands of their family.
If this photo is the only issue at hand, that does not seem to be the case at the Smith’s. – L.