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Pinkett Smith horrified by U.S. Values
Ireland On Line ^ | 7/22/06 | Ireland On Line

Posted on 07/22/2006 6:57:30 PM PDT by World_Events

Actress/singer Jada Pinkett Smith is horrified by increasing gun crime in the United States, declaring the country must look to third world countries to rediscover its values.

The Wicked Wisdom frontwoman and her actor/rapper husband Will Smith have travelled to Africa on several occasions for charity work and have been humbled by citizens' appreciation of the basic things in life - like education.

The Smiths will fund and appear at Charles 'Charlie Mack' Alston's annual Party 4 Peace in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this weekend, which aims to raise awareness of street crime.

Pinkett Smith says: "It's pretty bad everywhere. I think we're in a worse situation now than I can think of ever. Just the amount of injustice that we're doing to one another. It's such a complicated issue.

"It's an epidemic. If you look at our homes, it's clear why. We need a new reality. The idea that we're supposed to sit back and wait for somebody to do something for us, that's not going to happen.

"I've gone to Africa where kids go to school and share one textbook, (I've met) kids that are walking three miles to school, three miles home because education is valued. What do we value? Nothing.

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Oh boy, I'm taking cover folks. Fire for effect!!!
1 posted on 07/22/2006 6:57:31 PM PDT by World_Events
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Many of the more civilized and wealthy parts of Africa have gun death rates FAR HIGHER than even Europe in WWI. They do this as a matter of course too, and only rarely think of it as war.


2 posted on 07/22/2006 6:59:47 PM PDT by muawiyah (-/sarcasm)
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Apparently the Smiths didn't do much traveling in the African hotspots. The could have rediscovered machete violence.


3 posted on 07/22/2006 7:00:10 PM PDT by cripplecreek (I'm trying to think but nothing happens)
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Will Smith seems like a pretty decent guy.


4 posted on 07/22/2006 7:00:50 PM PDT by soccermom
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What do we value? Nothing.

She's really speaking about herself there.

5 posted on 07/22/2006 7:00:50 PM PDT by DakotaGator
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Who cares what this *&&^&* thinks.


6 posted on 07/22/2006 7:01:02 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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Unless there is something restricting Mrs. Smith from moving elsewhere in the world, she should shut her pie hole.

Honestly, if people think this is such a terrible place they should just leave.

Such comments are especially disgusting from people like Mrs. Smith, who has been blessed with success and the very freedoms that only this country guarantees.

7 posted on 07/22/2006 7:02:00 PM PDT by SaveTheChief ("Now if you'll excuse me, I have some idea balls to remove from a manatee tank.")
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If you look at our homes, it's clear why.

I wonder what her home looks like.

8 posted on 07/22/2006 7:02:53 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Official RKBA Landscaper and Arborist, Duchess of Green Leafy Things)
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Oh yeah, you gotta love that Zimbabwe model for urban renewal.
9 posted on 07/22/2006 7:02:53 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (There are only a few absolute truths in life, everything else is just an opinion.)
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Did I miss the part where she and her husband say they're moving their family to Africa?


10 posted on 07/22/2006 7:02:55 PM PDT by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: DakotaGator

I suppose it depends on how you interpret what she's saying. I think she's being introspective in a Bill Cosby sort of way.


11 posted on 07/22/2006 7:03:31 PM PDT by soccermom
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Increasing gun crime in the US? Where the hell has she been for the last 10 years?


12 posted on 07/22/2006 7:04:06 PM PDT by calex59 (The '86 amnesty put us in the toilet, now the senate wants to flush it!)
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(I've met) kids that are walking three miles to school, three miles home because education is valued. What do we value?

If she would venture into the black community and shout this long and loud, I would have more respect for her opinions.

13 posted on 07/22/2006 7:05:11 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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14 posted on 07/22/2006 7:05:13 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (404 Page Error Found)
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The Wicked Wisdom frontwoman and her actor/rapper husband Will Smith have travelled to Africa on several occasions for charity work and have been humbled by citizens' appreciation of the basic things in life - like education.

It's always a laugh when the Hollywood types are humbled by what truly is humbling in poor countries: the strength of faith, family and community against dire odds.......all the things that the same Hollywood crowd mocks in this country.

It's actually the colorful costumes, the foreign tongues and the quaint customs that turn these people on and blinds them to their own hypocrisy.

15 posted on 07/22/2006 7:05:46 PM PDT by zarf
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Pinkett Smith says: "It's pretty bad everywhere. I think we're in a worse situation now than I can think of ever. Just the amount of injustice that we're doing to one another. It's such a complicated issue.

"It's an epidemic.


Um, I missed the part where she quoted verifiable statistics, unless Pinkett Smith is herself a walking source of facts.
16 posted on 07/22/2006 7:06:43 PM PDT by starbase (Understanding Written Propaganda (click "starbase" to learn 22 manipulating tricks!!))
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Well.....dearie.....just look at Hollywood......what the IDIOTS emulate!


17 posted on 07/22/2006 7:06:57 PM PDT by goodnesswins ( The Dems are so far to the left they have left America.)
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Pinkett, it's even worse. If you listened to Rush the other day, people are using CARROTS to put out the eyes of other people. There should be an international treaty signed at the UN outlawing carrots; that would solve that problem.

Then we also have Motts apple sauce; someone pounded on a robber to subdue that person; we should also have an international ban on apple sauce, another problem solved.

Let's see now, Pinkett, other problems? Like the quality of Pinkett's education?


18 posted on 07/22/2006 7:07:16 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: truthkeeper

Selling all their homes and possessions first...


19 posted on 07/22/2006 7:07:17 PM PDT by MarkeyD (The patriotism of the New York Times = The humanity of an Islamic terrorist.)
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The idea that we're supposed to sit back and wait for somebody to do something for us, that's not going to happen.

She has a good point there.

20 posted on 07/22/2006 7:07:31 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty)
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I believe Johannesburg South Africa has become unlivable, with up to 20 murders daily, mostly by guns. Or is she talking of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast or the Congo, where she would be "humbled" by the remarkable vioence of machete-wielding gangs on the streets. Perhaps that is the "African paradise" that this yet another chronic complainer (and grotesquely overpaid Hollywood dimwit) is referring to.


21 posted on 07/22/2006 7:07:57 PM PDT by laconic
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Yeah, because, y'know, Johannesburg is SO DAMN SAFE these days. Give me a break. There's probably people in J'burg that would like to move to South Beirut and get bombed by the IAF because it's safer.

}:-)4


22 posted on 07/22/2006 7:08:29 PM PDT by Moose4 (Dirka dirka Mohammed jihad.)
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The Wicked Wisdom frontwoman and her actor/rapper husband Will Smith have travelled to Africa on several occasions for charity work and have been humbled by citizens' appreciation of the basic things in life - like education.

Yeah, guess Darfur wasn't on her itinerary.

23 posted on 07/22/2006 7:09:30 PM PDT by xrp (Fox News Channel: MISSING WHITE GIRL NETWORK)
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To: zarf

Another former rapper (Ice cube or Ice T) made a movie about South Africa a few years back. It portrayed S.A. as a violent drug addicted society largely controlled by drug lords.


24 posted on 07/22/2006 7:09:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (I'm trying to think but nothing happens)
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25 posted on 07/22/2006 7:11:01 PM PDT by bagadonutz
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"(I've met) kids that are walking three miles to school, three miles home because education is valued"

I walked about 4 miles not because I "valued" my education but because I valued not getting my behind whooped if I ever skipped out.

Understanding the rest of her philosophy would require narcotic use.

26 posted on 07/22/2006 7:11:45 PM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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OK -- mea culpa -- Smith may seem like a nice guy but, after googling, I was way off in suspecting he might be a closet conservative.


27 posted on 07/22/2006 7:12:02 PM PDT by soccermom
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So apparently Pinkett-Smith had no problems with guns when she starred in "The Matrix Reloaded."


28 posted on 07/22/2006 7:12:39 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (404 Page Error Found)
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If this overpaid bimbette likes the values of the third world cesspool, she's more than welcome to EMIGRATE there!

and good damned riddance to boot.


29 posted on 07/22/2006 7:13:00 PM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (In a world where Carpenters come back from the dead, ALL things are possible.)
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Which is all hyperbole.

Yes, there ARE problems in RSA; however, Zimbabwe is far worse...so are parts of California.

30 posted on 07/22/2006 7:13:28 PM PDT by nopardons
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No, Smith unfortunately is a leftist pinko, just like his idiotic wife.


31 posted on 07/22/2006 7:13:47 PM PDT by Leatherneck_MT (In a world where Carpenters come back from the dead, ALL things are possible.)
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To: cripplecreek

Instructions for public speaking. First engage your brain.


32 posted on 07/22/2006 7:14:08 PM PDT by ClaireSolt (.)
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"It's pretty bad everywhere.

I just left my house for the first time.

I think we're in a worse situation now than I can think of ever.

Your frame of reference is what? Your ignorant secluded lifestyle.

Just the amount of injustice that we're doing to one another.

What's this "we" crap sister? I don't own a Machete and I am not a third world thug. Speak for yourself.

It's amazing how many of these submorons go to Africa and they can't believe what they see. It's there and it has been this way for a long damn time. It will be that way until someone kills a lot of bad people and tribalism is a thing of the past.

33 posted on 07/22/2006 7:14:11 PM PDT by satchmodog9 (Most people stand on the tracks and never even hear the train coming)
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Yes, we must lookm to South Africa (flaming tires aroud the neck); Ethiopa (starvation and forced slavery) and Liberia (civial war and wholesale slaughter).

Yes, she is correct. Africa is the lodestar by which we must guide our ship of state.

She's very cute. But, very stupid.


34 posted on 07/22/2006 7:14:24 PM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Life is too short to go through it clenched of sphincter and void of humor - it's okay to laugh.)
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Hey, if she and her husband can't stand life in America, they can live in Africa. No one is forcing them to stay here.

(Go Israel, Go! Slap 'Em, Down Hezbullies.)

35 posted on 07/22/2006 7:14:29 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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"I've gone to Africa where kids go to school and share one textbook, (I've met) kids that are walking three miles to school, three miles home because education is valued. What do we value? Nothing

Does this mean she’d like to cut education spending?


36 posted on 07/22/2006 7:16:19 PM PDT by Red Dog #1
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Basically every third world country is poor because of the corrupt governments that reward a very few at the expense of the many.


37 posted on 07/22/2006 7:17:22 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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I have no doubt she is an ignorant liberal.

That said, there is loads of room for misinterpretation of anything she may have said here. What did she say? All I can gather her is that she said basically that people don't treat each other right, and that when you have nothing, you appreciate the really good things.

My Mom grew up in the dustbowl, and had school in a one room schoolhouse with 7 other kids. She had two dresses, period. One Christmas her father made a checkerboard for the family by slicing up a broom handle.

Nowadays she has the best priorities and values of anyone I know. She says to me, "I'm happy anywhere". And she is, God bless her.


38 posted on 07/22/2006 7:20:54 PM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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She's racist.

When she speaks "I think we're in a worse situation now than I can think of ever." she is talking about persons of her skin color.


39 posted on 07/22/2006 7:21:44 PM PDT by axes_of_weezles
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I read a book a couple of years ago, called "Out of America". It was written by the man who was the Washington Post Bureau Chief for Africa for ten or so years. He described one of the most bizarre things I've ever read about. Much of the clothing in Africa comes from US care packages. Frequently, the Africans don't know or care whether clothing is meant for boys or girls. They also get surplus toys, which sometimes include Halloween masks. He described eleven and twelve year old boys, drugged and armed with panga knives and rifles by tribal leaders, wearing evening gowns and Donald Duck masks wiping out small villages in the middle of the night.


40 posted on 07/22/2006 7:22:35 PM PDT by Richard Kimball
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Well "I've gone to schools where kids go to share one gumball, (I've met) kids that are walking three miles to school, uphill and three miles home uphill Because Americans pay for new shoes to wear out !

Makes about as much sense as this dingbat !


41 posted on 07/22/2006 7:22:50 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK ( have long feared that my sins would return to visit me and the cost would be more than I could bear)
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Liberals really do live in a make believe world. According to the US Dept of Justice,

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/guns.htm

gun crimes have continued to decrease over the last 12 years. But don't let facts get in the way.

42 posted on 07/22/2006 7:23:21 PM PDT by aimhigh
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What do we value?

Well, for starters is appalls me that so many Americans value your and other entertainers' half-baked, brain-fevered opinions, you dips**t.

43 posted on 07/22/2006 7:23:42 PM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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To: bagadonutz

Will Smith is a lucky man.


44 posted on 07/22/2006 7:24:44 PM PDT by BenLurkin ("The entire remedy is with the people." - W. H. Harrison)
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What do we value? Nothing.
Jada Pinkett Smith, who has two children with the 'Independence Day' star, is quoted as saying: "My mother visits a lot and I make my children go with her to Vegas so I can have the house to myself."

Earlier this year, the Hollywood couple, who have been married for eight years, revealed the secret to a happy marriage - asking permission before you cheat on your spouse.

'Men In Black' star Will said the couple made a pact to sleep with other people - as long as it isn't kept secret.

For more wisdom from this genius, go here.
45 posted on 07/22/2006 7:25:24 PM PDT by Grim
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So she's married to Will Smith? Will Smith? Where have I seen him before? Oh thats right. Carrying a gun to kill Aliens in "Men In Black 1 and 2". Oh and the punk with the guns in "Bad Boys 1 & 2". And who was shooting the crap out of the Robots in "I Robot"? Oh the same guy with the gun in "Wild Wild West" and in "Enemy of the State", Will Smith! Before this idiot Jada Pinko Smith starts shooting her mouth off, maybe she should be more selective of the parts her husband chooses that promotes hip hop artists with guns to solve their problems.


46 posted on 07/22/2006 7:25:41 PM PDT by Bommer
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Washed up lame actress in a failed ("open") marraige with Will Smith. A world-class moron, however.


47 posted on 07/22/2006 7:26:15 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (No program, no ideas, no clue: The democrats!)
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Maybe we should adopt the traditional African family values of, Rawanda, no make that Zimbabwae, no make that Liberia, no make that Sudan, no make that Somilia....


God save us from Hollywood Airheads.


48 posted on 07/22/2006 7:26:34 PM PDT by NavVet (O)
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Guess she wants criminals to kill with machete's the way they do in the 3rd world.


49 posted on 07/22/2006 7:26:39 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..)
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I've read this a couple of times and I see absolutely no reason to bash this woman. In fact, I applaud her for trying to do something. There certainly IS a lot of street crime in the inner cities, and the Smiths are providing money and time to help Charles Alson fight it. Good for them.


50 posted on 07/22/2006 7:26:41 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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