Jada Pinkett Smith’s call for black actors and filmmakers to boycott the Oscars over the all-white acting nominations has received a strongly-worded response on Facebook from Aunt Viv herself (one of them, anyway) from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”
Black actress Janet Hubert, who was infamously fired from the show in 1993 and replaced by Daphne Maxwell-Reid, had a pretty harsh response for the Smiths, essentially accusing them of throwing a fit because Will Smith didn’t get nominated for “Concussion.”
“First of all, Miss Thing. Does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak? And, the second thing is: girlfriend, there is a lot of shit going in the world that you all don’t seem to recognize. People are dying, our boys are being shot left and right, people are hungry, people are starving, people are trying to pay bills — and you’re talking about some muh-fuckin’ actors and Oscars, and it just ain’t that deep.
And here’s the other thing. For you to ask other actors and other ‘blacktresses’ and black actors to jeopardize their career and their standing in a town you know damn well you don’t do that. And here’s the other thing — they don’t care. They don’t care!
I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living and has 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? That’s not the way life works, baby.
She also had some sharp words for her former “Fresh Prince” co-star:
”I seem to remember at option time, coming to you and saying, ‘You know what, Will? You’re the star of the show. Why don’t we all get together, and with you maybe we could get a little raise. Maybe the network, since the show is such a hit and you being the star of the show, your influence would help us greatly. Like they did on ‘Friends’! Like white shows do! Remember that? Do you remember that? Because I do. And your response to me was, ‘My deal is my deal and y’all’s deal is y’all’s deal.’ Well, karma must be a bitch, because now here you are.
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