Just when we thought we couldn’t love Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk more than we already do, she’s gone and done it again. In the latest episode, Pinkett Smith is joined by her regular costars, mother Adrienne Banfield Norris and daughter Willow Smith. The trio of women got real about sex and masturbation, and there were no holds barred, with Pinkett Smith candidly telling her daughter all about her own youthful experiences.
Public reaction to the episode has been positive, with people chiming in to cheer on the ladies as they cover everything from how to talk about sex to use of the word “whore.” But the best moment may have been when Pinkett Smith revealed that her grandmother was the one to teach her about masturbation. “I came into [knowledge about sex] differently. My grandmother taught me about self-pleasuring because she wanted me to know that that pleasure was from me,” she emphasizes. “She didn’t want me to fall into the hands of a man and if he gave me pleasure to think that that was him. And she taught me at 9 [years old].”
And she didn’t stop there. “I think by your age, I gave myself multiples first. Multiple orgasms. I was really into it at one point. Just because I was in an exploration state and I was abstaining from men,” the actor told her daughter.
Viewers loved it.
“Excellent episode I love how open Jada is with her kids and her mother” responded one Facebook viewer.
Another commented, “So many of us refuse to be this transparent with our daughters. They NEED it! Hell we needed it.”
Even a member of the clergy joined in, saying, “This was outstanding being a pastor I opened my mind and spirit to receive and learn, you guys are very open-minded with each other and I get it, so many mothers and daughters need to engage in the impact you share.”
The episode also highlighted the way that repressing honest talk about sex can be damaging, as Banfield Norris spoke of her own youth when she was told, “[B]oys were dirty, don’t let them put their tongues in your mouth […] so everything was from a very negative [place] — to scare me.”
Some viewers shared the way the episode was challenging them and their own discomforts, “I’m so primitive. For some reason, I still felt an uncomfortableness watching and listening to how open and boundary-less the conversation was with her Grammy and mom. I KNOW this is a much better approach especially in this day and time with the many information resources available to young people, I’m just acknowledging that I still have that old school energy/taboo from my mom and old folks from back in day. I have to evolve in this area,” admitted one watcher.
Kudos to all the Red Table ladies for their willingness to push through any mental barriers to be honest with one another. We could almost see their bonds strengthening the longer they talked. Hopefully, we can all walk away from this feeling empowered and determined to get real in our own lives.