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Jaden Smith is a child-actor and rapper who is the son of actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Online, Smith is known for his bizarre philosophical and poetic tweets for which he gained notoriety on 4chan in November 2013.
Jaden Smith made his acting debut in the American biographical drama film The Pursuit of Happyness (shown below, left), which was released in theaters on December 15th, 2006. In December 2008, Smith played the role of Jacob Benson in the science fiction film The Day the Earth Stood Still (shown below, right).
In June 2010, Smith starred in a remake of the 1984 martial arts action film The Karate Kid (shown below, left). In May 2013, Smith starred with his father in the science fiction film After Earth (shown below, right).
In October 2012, Tumblr user Vondell Swain highlighted several photos of Smith (shown below), noting that he “always looks like he’s really concerened about something he sees in the distance.” The post was subsequently deleted. On October 12th, the Internet humor blog Pleated Jeans reblogged several of the photos.
On October 14th, 2013, the viral content site BuzzFeed published an article about Smith’s strange, poetic tweets, highlighting several notable examples superimposed over photographs of the actor (shown below).
In November of 2013, image macros featuring Smith’s tweets began circulating on the /b/ (random) board on 4chan. On November 7th, 2013, Redditor xEphixia submitted an image macro to the /r/4chan subreddit, mocking Smith’s tweet about the relationship between mirrors, eyes and reality (shown below). In the first 19 days, the post gained over 9,100 up votes and 600 comments.
On November 14th, a Jaden Smith thread was created on the /b/ board in which users posted things Smith might say on Twitter. The same day, a screenshot of the thread was submitted to the /r/4chan subreddit, where it gathered more than 6,100 up votes and 240 comments in the next two weeks.
On November 21st, Redditor thhath submitted an Imgur gallery featuring photoshopped pictures of Smith (shown below) to /r/4chan, garnering upwards of 8,900 up votes and 400 comments in the following five days. On November 23rd, the Internet news blog The Daily Dot published an article reporting that 4chan had crowned Smith the new “King of /b/.”
Jaden Christopher Syre Smith was born on July 8th, 1998 in Malibu, California. He is the older brother of Willow Smith and the younger half-brother of Trey Smith.