Actress Janet Hubert is slamming Jada Pinkett Smith’s plan to boycott the 88th Academy Awards ceremony for a lack of diversity.
Hubert is best known for her role as the original “Aunt Viv” on the 90’s sitcom, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. She was let go in 1993. She and actor Will Smith have had a history of feuding since the spit.
“First of all, Miss Thing. Does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?
Pinkett Smith took to Twitter on January 16th expressing her concerns: “At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain. But we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together?” She wants other actors and actresses to pour their resources into the African-American community. “People can only treat us in the way in which we allow.”
However, Hubert was not impressed.
In her 4:08 Facebook video titled, To the Smiths, Hubert says there are a lot of things going in the world that the Smith’s don’t seem to recognize. “People are dying, our boys are being shot left and right, people are hungry, people are starving, people are trying to pay bills — and you’re talking about some expletive actors uh…and…Oscars.”
She seemed appalled that the couple is asking other actors and other ‘blacktresses’ and black actors to jeopardize their career. Hubert finds it ironic because she says the Smith’s have made their living and millions of dollars from the very people they’re wanting to boycott. “Just because you didn’t get a nomination, just because you didn’t win? That’s not the way life works, baby. Okay? And it’s very suspect to me,” said Hubert.
It’s the second year in a row where no African- Americans were nominated in the four acting categories.
Pinkett Smith says people can only treat us (minorities) in the way in which we allow.
Hubert’s video has been seen 810,000 times and has more over 20,000 shares.