Aunt Viv from ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ Slams Jada Pinkett Smith for Planning to Boycott the Oscars
This sounds personal.
After the nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards were revealed to be all white, some actors of color considered boycotting the award show altogether. On Monday (Jan. 18, 2016), Jada Pinkett Smith announced that because of the lack of diversity, not only will she not attend the Oscars, she will not watch the award show from home either. While Pinket Smith received support from director Spike Lee, there is at least, one person who thinks her call for a boycott is nothing less than hypocritical.
Janet Hubert, the actress who played the original Aunt Viv on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, responded to Pinkett Smith’s announcement with a video of her own. “I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living and 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?” Hubert said in the video. “That is not the way life works, baby.”
Hubert then accused Pinkett Smith of being a mouthpiece for husband Will Smith and let him know she didn’t think he even deserved a nomination. “Maybe you didn’t deserve a nomination,” Hubert said of her former costar. “I didn’t think, frankly, you deserved a Golden Globe nomination with that accent, but you got one.”
Hubert has been very vocal about her criticisms of Smith since being replaced by on The Fresh Prince by Daphne Maxwell Ried in 1993. Hubert has long claimed Smith had her blacklisted in Hollywood, making it nearly impossible for her to continue to make a living as an actress. So far, neither Pinkett Smith or Smith have responded to Hubert’s video.
Watch Hubert’s entire video up top.