Actress Janet Hubert, best known for portraying the role of Will Smith’s aunt Vivian in the popular sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (1990-96) has slammed Smith and his wife, actress Jada Pinkett Smith for the latter’s boycott of the 88th Academy Awards for its snub of black actors in the nominee list.
Hubert, 60, posted a video on her Facebook page on Monday as a response to Pinkett Smith’s own Facebook video. Here she implied that Smith’s wife is complaining about the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations only because her husband didn’t get nominated.
According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, the “Fresh Prince” actress is one of the latest celebrities to speak about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. However, unlike Spike Lee or George Clooney, she slammed Pinkett Smith for announcing that she won’t attend this year’s Oscars ceremony.
This is the second consecutive year where not a single black actor received nominations. Will Smith was snubbed for his role in “Concussion.” Surprisingly, Hubert said in her video that he may not have deserved it. “I didn’t think, frankly, you deserved a Golden Globe nomination with that accent, but you got one,” she further said.
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith had taken to Twitter to express her disappointment regarding the lack of diversity among the Oscar nominees. In a series of tweets she said that at the Oscars, “people of color are always welcomed to give out awards … even entertain, but they are rarely recognized for their artistic accomplishments.” She then asked the following question – “Should people of color refrain from participating all together?”
Jada Pinkett Smith said in another tweet that “People can only treat us in the way in which we allow.” In her Facebook video, she made a statement. “Maybe it is time that we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities, into our programs and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit, that are just as good as the so-called ‘mainstream’ ones.”
Hubert, on the other hand, began her video by asking “”Does your man (referring to Smith) not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?”
“I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living and has made millions and millions of dollars from the very people that you’re talking about boycotting just because you didn’t get a nomination, just because you didn’t win? That is not the way life works, baby.”
Hubert reminded the Smiths that there were far serious issues at stake in the world, that “there is a lot of s*** going on in the world that you all 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 m*********ing actors and Oscars. And, it just ain’t that deep.”
The actress told Pinkett Smith in the video that those who would boycott the Oscars would be risking their careers because Hollywood as a system is “unfair to other actors,” and Pinkett Smith and her husband are a part of that system.
Hubert said she thinks that Idris Elba was one who deserved an Oscar nod for “Beasts of No Nation.” “That man is an incredible actor. You are not,” she said about Will Smith.
She also recalled that while filming “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” she had requested Smith that he use his popularity to demand a salary raise for the other cast members, which the actor had refused to do. “Well, karma must be a b***h because now here you are,” she said slamming the “I am Legend” actor.