Following the announcement of this year’s Oscar nominations, Jada Pinkett-Smith released a video slamming the group’s members over the lack of diversity in who they chose, and a lot of people thought she went overboard. One such person is “Aunt Viv” from the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and she released a brutal video of her own blasting Pinkett-Smith over her pettiness while letting her know there’s much more important things to worry about.
Actress Janet Hubert played alongside Pinkett-Smith’s husband, Will Smith, in the 90s sitcom, and it looks like there might be some bad blood between the two after hearing what Hubert had to say. E! Online reported that she released a 4-minute video calling the two stars out for their antics, and it’s definitely worth the watch.
“First of all, Miss Thing,” she began, “does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?” Hubert then listed off several things that seem a bit more important than some stupid awards.
“The second thing, girlfriend, there’s a lot of s–t going on in the world that you all don’t seem to recognize,” she said. “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.”
Ouch! Hubert didn’t stop there. She went on to blast Pinkett-Smith for her seemingly childish reaction to not winning an award while noting that the very people she’s upset at are the same people that she’s made millions of dollars from – hypocrisy anyone?
“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,” she said. “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.”
Hubert makes several good points, although she misses the most important of them all – the color of a person’s skin shouldn’t matter in any of this. Pinkett-Smith and others decrying the nominations are obviously more concerned about the race of those nominated rather than their skills as artists.