Janet Hubert, who played Aunt Vivian, suggests Will Smith's wife has her priorities wrong
Former Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air actress Janet Hubert has posted a video message in which she highlights her issues with Jada Pinkett Smith’s proposed Oscars boycott.
Pinkett Smith, wife of Hubert’s former Fresh Prince co-star Will Smith, asked “should people of color refrain from participating all together? (sic)” after this year’s Oscar nominations were announced and it emerged that all 20 acting nominees are white. The controversy has been dubbed #OscarsSoWhite after a Twitter hashtag that began trending shortly after the nominations were revealed.
In a four-minute video titled ‘The Smiths’ shared on Facebook last night (January 18), Hubert suggested that Pinkett Smith has her priorities wrong, saying: “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 motherfucking actors and Oscars. It just ain’t that deep.”
Hubert, who played Aunt Vivian in the first three seasons of Fresh Prince, also argued that Pinkett Smith’s proposed boycott could harm the careers of other black actors trying to make a living in Hollywood. She suggested it was wrong of Will Smith’s wife to “ask other actors, and other black actresses and actors, too, to jeopardise their career and their standing in a town [where] you know damn well you don’t do that”.
She added: “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. That is not the way life works, baby.”
Watch Janet Hubert’s video below.
Posted by Blacktress Janet Hubert on Monday, January 18, 2016
In the wake of the ongoing #OscarsSoWhite controversy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the organisation behind the Oscars, has said she is “heartbroken and frustrated” by the lack of diversity in this year’s nominations.
She has also pledged to “conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond”. Read her full statement here.