Jaden Smith Breaks The Internet In Gender Defying Statement, Steals Our Hearts.

By Hari Ziyad

16 year old actor/rapper/son of more famous actor/rapper invoked a social media firestorm Thursday when he was spotted in Calabasas, California wearing what appears to be a dress.

He later confessed on Twitter to the stunt with the tweet:

“That Moment When Your Wearing A Dress With No Pants And You Swerve Way To Hard”

The blogs lost their minds:

The heads of a few misguided souls collectively exploded:

But there were plenty who supported the teen star’s daring defiance of gender roles in a very gendered society:

Of course, I’m over here in my 5 dollar oversized sweater from the women’s section of H&M sipping on the tears of patriarchy. If women can wear jeans and t-shirts meant for men and no one bats an eye, men should be able to wear whatever tops and bottoms they want as well. Gender norms and the fear that if everyone does not respect and place masculinity on a pedestal the world will fall apart is just old, tired, and sexist.


And as Jaden pointed out in the post above, women’s clothes are just clothes. Why does a piece of cloth that covers your body need a gender?

Words of wisdom to the men reading this: clothes from the women’s section are cheaper, you’re much less likely to see another guy wearing them, and there is so much more variety! If you have never gotten a top from the women’s section, you’re missing out!

Hari Ziyad is a Brooklyn-based storyteller and the Editor-in-Chief of RaceBaitR. Their work has been featured on Gawker, Out, Ebony, Mic, The Guardian, Colorlines, Paste Magazine, Black Girl Dangerous, Young Colored and Angry, The Feminist Wire and The Each Other Project. They are also an assistant editor for Vinyl Poetry & Prose and contributing writer for Everyday Feminism.

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  1. Watch the fashion designs for both men and women and you will see there are no clear lines separating them. Of course kilts have been respected men’s wear. His mesh sweater resembles mail worn by Knights and the black kilt styled with it makes this a unisex look.

  2. “If you have never gotten a top from the women’s section, you’re missing out!”


  3. Seriously though, the kid needs to learn how to spell. Is he trying to be funny or edgy? It just comes off as ignorant and stupid…

  4. I would disagree about women’s clothes being cheaper, But that aside, ;why is this a big deal to anyone? My first thought on reading this was not about a dress, but “holy crap, how did Jaden Smith get to be that old already?” Time flies!

  5. And if you think about, a couple thousand years ago, EVERYONE wore dresses.

  6. Gorge Altamirano April 12, 2015 — 8:24 pm

    I don’t care what section he bought that in. It’s working!

  7. I can just see Jesus at the Pearly Gates saying ‘go away, you wore a dress dude’.

  8. The only thing I’m calling bullshit on is that women’s clothes are cheaper. I really don’t care what he wears as long as his pieces parts are covered and that’s more a sanitary issue. I don’t want to sit in anyone’s ass sweat. Then I’d have to walk around smelling like a strangers ass and I’m not ok with that. Keep a layer on in public to soak that shit up, that’s all I ask. Or sit on a towel. Then I don’t care if you run around naked. Lol

  9. dreamsinsunshine April 13, 2015 — 3:29 am

    That about nails it. I would love to see an explosion of transgressing just to get everyone used to facts they currently can’t handle. More men in dresses, please. More macrame on men. I love rough lace.

  10. Congrats Jaden for having the courage to just be yourself. Be Myself an anti-bullying song about having the courage to just be yourself. http://youtu.be/1gYmPfwC1So

  11. You had me on board until you threw in the word patriarchy.

  12. To all who spew hatred

    HATE……has no color.

    • Keyon Hejazi-far April 14, 2015 — 2:05 pm

      His skin color has nothing to do with this article. You’re only facilitating what you claim to dispose of.

  13. Jaden has the right to do that! ….And I have the right to share this video inspired by Jaden…

  14. I remember when back in the day David Bowie appeared on stage wearing a kilt, wow, you would think the world had stopped. I say kudos for this young man, not being mired down in what society perceives as being “normal”. I have always been proud to not march to the beat of the drummer, but to hop skip and jump to my own beat. He has obviously been raised to be very secure within his own skin, and I am saddened by those narrow minded individuals that can only throw around the “gay” remarks, as it shows that they themselves have some issues within their own self image. I have always been a fan of Will Smith, and it’s nice to see that his children are taking after him, and his wife. For those of you that have no imagination, get a life, broaden your horizons, dare to try something different. Thank god for people that are willing to go outside the box, if it wasn’t for those individuals, imagine how boring this world would be!!!!

  15. To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

    e. e. cummings

  16. To all the girls saying women’s clothes ARENT cheaper than mens. It’s because you’re not actively seeking out deals and would rather pick out the first thing you think is pretty. If you compare mens t shirts to women’s t shirts or mens tank tops to women’s tank tops, there’s a huge price gap (ESPECIALLY if you’re shopping at Wet Seal where the tank tops and t shirts are 5 for $20). And have you never shopped at Papaya? They tend to put their out of season clothes into $3,$5,$7 dollar clearance sales. And shoes? Are you kidding me? A girl can get a cute pair of sneakers, flats, or sandals for $10. Where can a guy get that kind of deal for shoes? Nowhere because there isn’t any place that caters to men looking for deals.

    Anyways to the point on hand I think Jaden is awesome for what he is doing. As a celebrity, to break out of gender roles despite what the press might say is pretty gutsy in my opinion. I think he’s a great role model for others in the world who have always wondered about wearing different clothing but was afraid of any backlash that might happen. And it isn’t just on a crossedressing level, but even on just style preferences. There have been plenty of occasions where I’ve admired pieces of clothing but decided to hold off on buying or even trying them on cuz I kept thinking I don’t have the right body or skin tone, but seeing Jaden gives a little courage to stop holding myself back from the things I like.

  17. The only thing that concerns me about Jaden’s tweet is his spelling errors.

  18. what an awesome kid. no one cares anymore about stupid labels and cages except the old and irrelevant.

  19. Aren’t u rich u can afford men choltes don’t act crazy

  20. Will Smith (Fresh Prince) September 9, 2015 — 5:20 pm

    Good for him. Who cares? Don’t judge. It looks pretty comfortable and dude’s real laid back so what’s all the fuss? Jealous much? He’s a Zen Hollywood child star on some New Age trip. Will Smith is a weirdo too. Dabbles in Scientology. Looking for the answers isn’t any less noble a pursuit than not. He’s living most teenagers’ fantasies. Rich, famous, creative, etc. Of course he’s going to dress like a fruitcake. But is it authentic; that’s the real question.

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