Self-described “blacktress”; Janet Hubert (known to sitcom fans as the original Aunt Viv from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) has just released a scathing video in which she rips into Jada Pinkett Smith’s thinly veiled threat to boycott the Oscars.
“First of all, Miss Thing,” says Hubert in the vid, “does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?”
She continues: “The second thing, girlfriend, there’s a lot of sh*t 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 starving. People are trying to pay bills. And you’re talking about some [expletive] actors and Oscars. It just ain’t that deep.”
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And she’s just getting warmed up: “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. 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, 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.”
She adds: “That isn’t how life works, baby. It’s very suspect to me.”
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Hubert then recounts how Smith allegedly refused her request to negotiate together for a Fresh Prince salary increase (she was subsequently fired, and his been feuding with Smith ever since).
“Well karma must be a bitch, cause now here you are,” says Hu.”Here you are, you’ve had a few flops and you know there are those out there who really deserved a nod.”
Describing Idris Elba as an “incredible actor,” Hubert does not feel the same about her former co-star: “You are not. Maybe you didn’t deserve a nomination. I didn’t think, frankly, you deserved a Golden Globes nomination with that accent, but you got one. And just because the world doesn’t go the way you want it to go, doesn’t mean you can go out and start asking people to stand up and sing ‘We Shall Overcome’ for you.
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“You ain’t Barack and Michelle Obama,” Hubert rants. “And you all need to get over yourselves. You have a huge production company that you only produce your friends, your family, and yourself. So you are a part of Hollywood, you are a part of the system that is unfair to other actors, so get real!”
Hubert realizes people may assume she made the video because she’s “bitter”; about being fired, but she claims otherwise. “It’s about being right. Some of us got mortgages to pay. We got bills to pay. We got bigger sh*t to worry about than the Oscars.”
One fellow thespian who does not agree with Hubert is David Oyelowo (who was snubbed by Oscar last year for his portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King in Selma) has this to say about the situation.
“A year ago, I did a film called Selma, and after the Academy Awards, [Academy president] Cheryl [Boone Isaacs] invited me to her office to talk about what went wrong then,” he said last night at the King Legacy Awards. “We had a deep and meaningful [conversation]. For 20 opportunities to celebrate actors of colour, actresses of colour, to be missed last year is one thing; for that to happen again this year is unforgivable.”