Janet Hubert, who played Aunt Viv on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” decided to share her thoughts on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Oscar boycott.
Jada Pinkett Smith posted a series of tweets about the Oscars and the lack of diversity surrounding 2016 Oscar nominations, calling people of color to boycott the ceremony.
“At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment, J.”
The “Matrix Reloaded” actress also released a video message on Facebook yesterday explaining her decision to boycott the 2016 Oscars.
In reaction to Jada Pinkett Smith pledge to boycott the Oscars, Janet Hubert posted a video calling herself Blacktress Janet Hubert, saying she wanted to speak out because it was Martin Luther King, Jr Day.
“First of all, Miss Thing, does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak? And the second thing is, there’s a lot of sh** going on in the world that you don’t seem to recognize. People are dying, being shot left and right, people are hungry, people are trying to pay bills — and you’re talking about actors and Oscars. It just ain’t that deep.”
“Here’s the other thing. For you to ask other actors and actresses to jeopardize their career and standing in this town, you know damn well you don’t do that. Here’s the other thing — 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,” the actress continued.
“You ain’t Barack and Michelle Obama. And y’all need to get over yourselves. You have a huge production company that you only produce your friends and family and yourself. So you are a part of Hollywood, you are part of the system that is unfair to other actors. So get real.”