Red Table Talk Exclusive Clip: Jada, Willow and Gammy Go Beyond Entanglements to Discuss Polyamory

Red Table Talk Ep. 404 - “Is Polyamory For You?”
Red Table Talk Ep. 404 - “Is Polyamory For You?”
Screenshot: Courtesy of Facebook Watch

It seems like a combination of forever ago and just yesterday when the word “entanglement” became an elevated term in pop culture, thanks to Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith’s appearance on Jada’s show, Red Table Talk. To refresh your memory, social media went ablaze when August Alsina revealed he’d had a prior relationship with Jada, causing Jada and Will to bring themselves to the very red table where Jada counsels others for the purposes of “healing.” Jada referred to her relationship with August as an “entanglement”—and thus, a new pop culture term was born.

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In the newest episode of Red Table Talk, the ladies aren’t talking about entanglements—that’s something different—they’re unpacking the concept of polyamory.

Here’s what to look forward to in the upcoming episode, per Facebook Watch’s press release sent to The Root:

“Is Polyamory For You?” | Gammy tries to understand Willow’s decision to live a polyamorous lifestyle - seeking multiple intimate partners at the same time. In a lively generational debate on marriage and monogamy, Willow opens up about her decision to practice ethical non-monogamy. Poly Solo Gabrielle Smith and her married boyfriend Alex come to the Table to reveal how their multiple-partner approach to relationships works, especially with his wife.

In anticipation of the upcoming episode, The Root has obtained an exclusive clip featuring a polyamorous couple—poly solo Gabrielle and her married boyfriend Alex (whose wife also has a partner). In the following clip, Alex talks about the time he engaged more than the two partners he currently has.

“Previously, I had three partners at one time,” Alex recalls, prompting Jada to ask how that worked out.

“It was challenging...I do run my own business, so that’s almost like another commitment,” he continues.

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“So, he had four partners,” Gabrielle jokes.

“I couldn’t see myself going past two...outside of myself,” Willow (who is giving us some some pop-punk vibes with her new single, “Transparent Soul”) chimes in.

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I got to check out an advanced screener of the episode recently and while I won’t spoil anything, I’m sure it’ll provide further discussion on social media given the many different perspectives presented here—between Willow (who is exploring polyamory), Jada (who is open to learning more), Gammy (who is hesitant, yet curious) and the experienced couples.

The “Is Polyamory For You?” episode of Red Table Talk premieres today, April 28 at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT on Facebook Watch.

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Essentially, being a good person boils down to not hurting anyone against their will, so anyone who has a problem with polyamory can please try real hard to keep your problematic statements internal.

That said, no one is likely to completely understand any generation that comes after them, and that’s okay.

But I do hope that people think enough about why things like increased divorce rates, growing numbers of single people and couples who don’t marry, and alleged increases in the LGBTQ+ population are present today.

It’s not that couples just used to “stick it out no matter what”, it’s more like Grandma had ZERO options beside either sticking with Grandpa for 50+ years or killing him in a way she could hopefully get away with (it wouldn’t surprise me if that was at least as present-but-hidden in the world as trans folks in the past several decades/centuries).

And since women can now leave problematic marriages a bit more easily than they used to be able to, maybe confused folks will also start realizing that trans people have more freedom here than they used to, so yes, we are seeing more people living differently from previous societal “norms”, and being themselves, despite what “normies” clutch pearls at.

I don’t know if I could handle a polyamorous relationship (I’ve never understood why guys wanna be “players”, because why would you need to sleep around if you’re lucky enough to find someone amazing enough to constantly blow your mind???), but if I or my wife ever wanted to explore, it would be between me and her, and any other potential participants in a relationship with either of us.

I welcome the freedom to be oneself without needing society’s permission (and I’m sad that I feel the need to once again include the qualifier “as long as you’re not harming anyone without their consent”).