Jaden Smith went through a major life trauma on Friday and, like a good millennial, documented his subsequent melodramatic breakdown on Instagram. That “major life trauma” was maybe, probably, failing his driver’s test. While sitting in a car at the DMV, Jaden livestreamed himself slowly unravelling, presumably after getting the news that he failed his test.
“It’s going to be so funny to tell my dad that I’ve failed straight up,” says a defeated Jaden. When we talk about the Smith kids, we usually talk about how weird and/or fashionable they are. We don’t usually talk about their parents Will and Jada as disciplinarians. The way Jaden says this makes me think he’s actually worried Will Smith will be disappointed in him and that is probably the most relatable teenage thing Jaden has ever said publicly. But then, he takes his post-fail analysis a little too far (even after someone off camera mumbles something about not failing.) Aside from threatening to move out of LA, the traffic capital of America, Jaden says this:
“It just shows you how sad society and life is sometimes… Create the life you want for yourself. Everybody follow your heart… It’s hard these days to really create the life you want for yourself because there’s nobody really here that’s like supporting the youth or the youth’s creativity.”
This rant is amazing on so many levels. It’s all very uplifting but what, you may ask, the f-ck does this all have to do with the DMV? When Lainey sent me this story, she was laughing at Jaden because a failed driver’s test clearly shook him to his core. Sure, Jaden is overreacting but as someone who failed her driver’s test not one but THREE times, I can’t help but empathise with him. Yes, I failed three times.
FINE, here’s the breakdown: the first time, I had just turned 16, hadn’t practiced and didn’t exactly know what to do at a yield sign. The second time, I didn’t even make it out of the parking space. Let’s just say it involved reversing out of said space and being really stubborn. And finally, I was so nervous the third time I completely blanked and turned right at a red light without stopping. Each time, I did feel like I had failed at life a little more than the last. I think I was about Jaden’s age the third time I failed and it seemed like the worst thing in the world. I was a few months away from moving to Toronto for university so I gave up and now, I’m a grown ass woman who is days away from turning 30 and I STILL DO NOT HAVE MY DRIVER’S LICENSE. I live in a big city. Stop judging me.
Jaden Smith is 18 so age-wise he and I may be on opposite ends of the millennial spectrum but we seem to have at least one thing in common: we both do not react well to failure.
If I had Instagram Live when I was failing each of my driver’s tests, I may have also had an overemotional outburst on camera for all of my friends to watch because being a teenager is all about narcissism and theatrics.
Jaden’s full DMV livestream is below. Click play for the above hysterics, stay for the closing thoughts on, “why aren’t scientists Instagram Live-ing to cure cancer right now?”
Here's Jaden on vacation in Hawaii with Willow and Jada on the weekend.