BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Another blow in the war of words between actress Jada Pinkett Smith and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. Pinkett Smith wants the mayor to monitor elephant care when the circus comes to town. The mayor questions the actress’s priorities. Now, Pinkett Smith fires back.

Denise Koch has more.

Baltimore native Jada Pinkett Smith has real star power. Now, she’s trying to use that power to correct what she believes is animal cruelty — the use of bull-hooks or prods on Ringling Bros. circus elephants.

The circus is coming to Baltimore later this month so she wrote the mayor a letter reminding her of a city ordinance: “Banning any mechanical, electrical or manual device that is likely to cause physical injury or suffering.”

The mayor responded.

“We’ve reached out about homelessness, school issues,” she said. “I would have loved to have gotten some feedback and some support or concern about those issues that are very pressing.”

News traveled fast, and Friday, the Will and Jada Smith Foundation fired back another letter saying, in part “Your (Rawlings-Blake’s) response to her (Pinkett Smith’s) letter was disturbing, irresponsible, inflammatory and inaccurate.”

It goes on to list the Baltimore charities the foundation has supported and ends by saying, “Jada is a proud Baltimorean who has generously given back to her hometown.”

So far, there has been no response from the mayor.

Animal rights advocates have just staged protests at circus performances in Charleston and Atlanta. Ringling Bros. says its animals are well cared for.

Comments (49)
  1. rob says:

    Will and Jada are one of the nicest couples or people in Hollywood. This just goes to show you how dumb SRB is.

    Dont complain to me when you idiots voted for her.

  2. Sezmane says:

    the mayor os a real idiot fire her ass

  3. ravenmaniac881 says:

    Who the hell is Jada Pinkett Smith anyway…..Nobody.

    1. JustMe says:

      Well I know who she is, who the hell are you? NOBODY

  4. Anne says:

    Why not ban horse whips in horse racing? More common in Maryland than elephants. AND horses are injured or die during horse racing and you never hear of an elephant being prodded to death. I think someone’s priorities are way off. Maybe you and Will should get out in the real world a little more.
    Check out the parts of Baltimore that you haven’t seen…it is a scary place and could use more attention than the elephants passing through.

  5. MiMi says:

    Jada go suck a duck…really…worry about your daughter whos growing up too fast…

  6. chetta-ketta says:

    Both of these women are phony & both are trying so damm hard to be black women in a white man’s world.

    1. hooty-hoot says:

      Honestly, they aren’t trying to be black women in a white man’s world, they are trying…both of be positive rolemodels for young women. Whether you think their priorities are spot on or off tilt, they are both doing a very good job of showing young women what they can achieve if they follow their dreams and work hard.

      I’d like to thank all the commentors for proving the rest of the country right. Baltimore – in general – is hateful and ignorant. Nearly every comment on this forum is evidence to that fact.

      1. Brenda says:

        I completely agree with you hooty-hoot

      2. Donna says:

        Not from Baltimore, but the posts I read before I got to yours were really filled with hate and jealously. But had it been Jennifer Anniston or one of those, they would have jumped on the “don’t hurt the elephants” bandwagon.

  7. chetta-ketta says:

    Jada & Will Smith are typical examples of racists & egotists. When blacks make it, they bolt town & forget about their roots & hide from the people they knew growing up. Neither has done squat for any of the inner city poor in their respective cities. Will is from Filthy-delphia & only when he is making a film do you see their ugly mugs on the news.

    1. MsPhillyG says:

      You are soo hateful and stupid…its unreal. What have you done for your city!! Nothing but sit back open your uneducated mouth and complain. You really need to check yourself. Just sit back and waist your time on FB and do nothing but talk about how other cities are so jacked up….(Philly) you are a complete joke because you are making bad for yourself by running your mouth about people and places you have no clue about. The woman is trying to help and most of the educated poster here Jada has done more for your city than your major has done, which is pitiful because you voted her in. Why would anyone stay in that city after becoming a celebrity to hear all the stupid negative comments from people like YOU. No wonder she left. Chetta-ketta what ever you want to call yourself….stop hating and do something you fool.

      1. the mechanic says:

        Mrs Philly, SMD Tar baby.

  8. realityck says:

    Get off your seat and do something for yourself HOMELESS!! Sick of hearing about everyone wanting something for nothing. Over 40% of city residents don’t even pay taxes…recipe for disaster. Jada should donate enough money to surround that cesspool with a big fence. But seriously, who goes to the zoo anymore? It’s like a scene out of the 70’s at those things.

    1. JustMe says:

      Uh, millions of people every year. You might try it, you may find family there.

  9. Melissa says:

    I agree with Jada. The elephants are treated inhumanly.I think it is wrong for all the animals to be held as they are, and to perform. How do you think they train these animals> With hugs, kisses and treats. Not a chance. I know many people who will not take their children to the circus for this reason. There are also many places that will not host the circus because of the animal abuse Jada and Will are very generous and support many charities, you can Google and see that. As for the horses, there are many support groups fighting for their rights also. Hasn’t anyone on here read or seen the news recently? These capitive animals need the human voice because they cannot help themselves. It is a sad world. I wish they would completely abolish the circus. It’s disgusting

    1. Brenda says:

      Melissa you are absolutely right and if people are truly that ignorant to the fact of what goes on behind the scenes, then this world is in serious trouble. We as human’s torture and abuse animals for our own entertainment and they can’t speak up for themselves to say “Hey you’re hurting me”! Thank God there are people like Jada to speak up for the animals. Our Mayor cares as much about us as she does about the abuse of these animals, which is “NOT”. Please tell me what she has done for this city? Oh i’m sorry, that’s right, she took away one of our trash days! lol Should have taken her with it.

  10. Laura says:

    I agree with Melissa

  11. De-bo-rah says:

    All the mayor want to do is show her ungly face on TV.She is not worried about homeless people of the school systwm.. Jade she is not a professional person.. You have to deal with her llike {GETO}. Everbodys opions should be hear wheather it’s good or bad. That’s why they gave her that position. {MAYOR}. That was a big mistake. Jada love you , see you at the circus.

  12. debbie says:

    I agree with Jada. I think we should consider taking time to look into this matter. Animals are being abuse as human people. Animals are human and need shelter and safty as we do. The Mayor just want to talk about stuff she is not doing a good job at. She need to carry herself as a professional peoson.Or get the hell out of office.

    1. Zaidi says:

      Go back to school debbie. “Animals are human…”?

  13. UNCLEOLLIE says:

    A lot of these comment clearly shows how the voters of Baltimore City are a sleep. SRB doesn’t have any idea of the money she has given to the City. When she and her husband shoot a movie here that brings money and jobs to the city.and they pay their vendors. She has given money to keep The Schools of the Arts High School. She wants to raise a tax on bottles to help school construction where’s the money already collected. Probably had to cover the Superintendent drivers pay!!!! By the way what has SRB done but put the City in a bigger finanical hole with that stupid road race.

  14. Sam says:

    What happened to my comment CBS?

    1. Roxanne says:

      Hi Lauren! As we grow in life we all change. If one day you feel like aenriwg a dress or putting on a cute shirt with skinny jeans, go for it. You’ll be surprised at people’s reactions your close friends and family the people that know you well- will support you. You may feel they expect you to dress like a tomboy and this may be because they think that’s what you still like. Give it a try. And it’s important to remember to dress the way you feel!

  15. The insensitive wealthy says:

    Seriously, Jada:
    This kind of animal rights activism only plays to audiences in Beverly Hills, The Hampton’s, South Beach and in Aspen–not to a city of mostly very poor disenfranchised black people who are more concerned about their own very survival. How dare you come back here and only show concern and call out our mayor over what’s happening to Dumbo and his mom. Go back to your rich and privileged life in non-white parts of California with your wealthy new friends. You don’t want to show concern for your fellow human beings suffering in poverty and daily violence, then stay out of our city. You’re not wanted. You’re out of your league. Bye!

    1. Brenda says:

      This is why America is what it is today, because of selfish, uncaring and uneducated people like you! BYE!!!!!

  16. The insensitive wealthy says:

    Should read non-black above–spell check typo.

  17. grand wizard says:

    white pride jada it’s all about white pride remember that

  18. Koatz says:

    I am with Jada on this issue. The mayor has damaged the city with this outburst. The mayor is, of course, wrong, so she should decline further comment on the matter. If there is an ordinance – I.E., a law! – the mayor is obligated to enforce and abide by it.

  19. commonsense711 says:

    Just goes to show that your mayor is an idiot

    1. tired of Baltimore says:

      I’ve been saying that since she stepped into office.

  20. Wendy says:

    You go girl. I 100% agree with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for speaking up!

  21. LoveLife says:

    Stop hating on Jada because if some of you were extremely wealthy. You would be FLASH and BOLT from Baltimore , too! I want someone to break down to me what Rawlings- Blake has done to improve Baltimore since she’s been in office?? Stab people in the back to climb the ladder, keeps increasing taxes, all the Fortune 500 companies are leaving Baltimore, close down fire stations, cut wages for police that we need as dangerous as the streets are. I bet her fat butt has security. Oops, i forgot! She lost weight! The city schools need to be renovated…but shes worried about a Grand Prix that ripped the city out of millions! This city has money for everything else but the real situations! She lives here and is our Mayor. All these vacant houses and abandon buildings. You can rebuild downtown Baltimore for a race but not for the homeless. Get it correct….

  22. Zaidi says:

    She should tend to her marriage, or what’s left of it.

    1. MsPhillyG says:

      Zaidi, you need to mind your business and stay out of her marriage and stay out of the hater aide.

  23. MsPhillyG says:

    You know the lady took time out of her busy schedule to think about elephants and all most of you people her are doing is hating on her. I support what she is trying to do and from what most of the educated people have posted she has done allot for your city. She is from Baltimore and she has not forgotten and its really sad people are just coming at her like she stole something its a disgrace. You just open the door for the racist, jerks that take pot shots at your city. I know if I was from Baltimore I would welcome the help and the love she sends your city.

    1. ballsohardclub says:

      Fuc that Nuckin Figger.

  24. lee says:

    The FBI and DEA are circus clowns.

  25. Bones says:

    Jada and her daughter love the circus too… THE MEDIA CIRCUS. Maybe Jada and PETA should champion an effort to save all the box jellyfish she kills annually to support her botox addiction. I guess she thought that because she’s Willard’s wife, she could get at the mayor about a PETA issue. Be serious.

  26. Vegan George says:

    Jada Pinkett Smith has a
    BIG OLD plank in her own eye
    when it comes to her own
    personal leather consumption
    and the animal cruelty, abuse & animal deaths
    that goes on, to provide her
    with the latest fashion of leather jackets, leather shorts,
    leather shoes, leather floor tiles, boots and purses.

    How did Peta miss confronting Jada Pinkett Smith
    on her own personal contribution to
    animal abuse & animal deaths indiscretions for fur?

    but Jada wants to take Baltimore’s mayor
    to the mat on allowing the living circus elephants
    to perform, before the whole worlds area?
    What a fur & dead animal leather skin wearing
    little hypocrite Jada is!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Brenda says:

      Vegan George, one wrong doesn’t make the rest right. Everyone needs to start somewhere and atleast this is a step in the right direction for these abused animals. Maybe she is not aware of the leather issue and this may help bring it to light. Being a vegetarian and animal advocate myself, I feel that we have to start somewhere and anywhere is better then nowhere.

  27. TIFFANY says:


  28. Muhammad says:

    I dont like it at all. She looks like a boy, and its too drastic a style for a girl her age. I hope other girls her age do not iaitmte her with this! It’s all right to be yourself , but at that age, she doesn’t even know what that is yet. Jada, let the child grow up first, before you have a MJ on your hands talking about I never had a childhood !

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