Aunt Viv from ‘Fresh Prince’ bashes Jada Pinkett Smith over Oscar ban
(Warning: there is some foul language in the video.)
Janet Hubert (better known as Aunt Viv from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) has spoken out against Jada Pinkett Smith’s boycott of this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.
Smith, wife of Will Smith, created a short video rallying against the lack of black Oscar nominees and posted it to her Facebook page.
In rebuttal, self-proclaimed “blacktress” Hubert released a video to YouTube in which she shared her opinion of Smith (and her husband).
During the short video, Hubert blasts the actress for even suggesting an Oscars boycott. “And here’s the other thing, for you to ask other actors, and other black actresses and actors, too, to jeopardize their career and their standing in a town that you know damn well you don’t do that [in],” she said.
“And here’s the other thing — they don’t care. They don’t care! And I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living, and made millions and millions of dollars from the very people you’re talking about boycotting just because you didn’t get a nomination, just because you didn’t win.”
Hubert played Aunt Viv on the ’90s sitcom from 1990 to 1993, after which she was replaced by Daphne Maxwell-Reid. Hubert revealed that she had an on-show feud with Will Smith in 2011.
On Monday, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs released an official statement addressing black actors getting shut out of the Oscar nominations. Isaacs says she’s going to “conduct a review of [the board]’s membership recruitment” — referring to the 90+ per cent white voting body of the Academy:
The Oscars ceremony, hosted by Chris Rock, will take place on Feb. 28.
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