Actress JADE PINKETT SMITH upset homosexual students during a recent speech at America's prestigious Harvard University, with her heterosexual take on gender roles.
The Collateral beauty, 33, was honoured as the Artist Of The Year by the HARVARD FOUNDATION FOR INTERCULTURAL AND RACE RELATIONS in Cambridge, Massachusetts last Saturday (26FEB05).
During Pinkett Smith's acceptance speech, she said, "Women, you can have it all - a loving man, devoted husband, loving children, a fabulous career. They say you gotta choose. Nah, nah, nah. We are a new generation of women. We got to set a new standard of rules around here. You can do whatever it is you want. All you have to do is want it."
However, the Ivy League university's gay community were unimpressed with Pinkett Smith's viewpoint.
JORDAN WOODS, a co-chair of the college's BISEXUAL, GAY, LESBIAN, TRANSGENDER AND SUPPORTERS ALLIANCE (BGLTSA), fumes, "Some of the content was extremely heteronormative (to imply male/female sexual relations are normal), and made BGLTSA members feel uncomfortable."
YANNIS PAULUS of the foundation's student advisory committee responds, "She wasn't trying to be offensive."04/03/2005 09:36