I haven’t watched much of Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talks. I’ve seen some snippets and do appreciate that she’s trying a different approach to the chat show angle, though. As I understand it, her message is Real Talk, putting it all on the table. Even if I don’t show up for all of it, I did find today’s topic pretty relatable: Awkward Social Situations. You know, those times in which you wish you could suddenly chameleon yourself into the wallpaper while the rest of the room laughs at you for what seems eternity? No sooner did Jada bring up the subject than her daughter Willow mentioned something that has probably happened to all of us, the dreaded laugh fart. Willow said she was on what was ostensibly a first date when the guy made her laugh so hard, she farted. The good news is, the incident just made them laugh more and led to more dates.
Even Willow Smith has awkward moments.
In a PEOPLE exclusive clip of Tuesday’s Red Table Talk, the singer admitted she had “farted on a date one time” while speaking to her mother Jada Pinkett Smith and grandmother Adrienne Banfield-Norris on the Facebook Watch show.
“I had met this person before,” Willow, 20, said. “We were having a very good time and he made me laugh really hard. That was the outcome.”
Willow continued, “He just looked at me and there was a moment of both of us realizing what had happened. And we both started cracking up even more.”
Willow said the two did go out again, jokingly saying, “A little fart can’t mess this up,” while gesturing to herself as her mother and grandmother laughed.
I’ve embedded the short clip of Willow’s story below. She described that in the aftermath of the fart, they both stared at each other and did eventually laugh, but it was a self-conscious I really don’t know what else to do kind of laugh. Fortunately, it turned into genuine hearty chuckle between the two and they went on to see each other again, although Willow never does say who the guy was. I don’t know why, but it does, in fact, make me feel better to know that famous people get embarrassed by this kind of thing. Of course this happens to them, but I guess I assumed there was some kind of social contract that we were all supposed to pretend it was a backfiring truck and move on. But Willow is so relatable when she tells it because on the first date, you’re still trying to give off the impression that, if you’ll excuse the phrase, your sh*t doesn’t stink. I absolutely adore Willow’s response about how “a little fart can’t mess this up,” replete with hair flip. That’s right, Miss W. He’s lucky to be in your light, no matter how it sounds.
I can’t believe farting is still such a social stigma, and I say that as someone who is humiliated by the mere mention of the bodily function. We have wildly differing opinions on farts at Hecate Temple and somehow it divides right down the gender line. My husband and son are weirdly proud at their ability to produce any kind of gas from their person whereas my daughter and I will deny, falsely accuse and divert as soon as the “subject” comes up. The boys get indignant when we try to pretend it wasn’t us, like we have nothing to be ashamed of. But the same scenario that Willow described happened to me just a fortnight ago. We were playing charades and my kids made me laugh so hard I audibly tooted. It’s still being brought up and openly mocked today, so you tell me why I keep blaming the dog.
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