‘Fresh Prince’ Actress: Knock It Off, Smith Family — You’re Not The Obamas
Janet Hubert is criticizing Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith for boycotting the Academy Awards.
The actress — who played Aunt Viv on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” from 1990 to 1993 — responded to Pinkett-Smith’s decision to boycott the Oscars after no black actors were nominated for the second year in a row. (RELATED: Jada Pinkett-Smith Is Boycotting The Oscars Because They’re Too White)
“I want to say something to Jada Pinkett Smith asking other black actors to boycott the Oscars,” Hubert said. “First of all, miss thing: Does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?”
“The second thing, girlfriend, there’s a lot of shit going on 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 motherfucking actors and Oscars. It just ain’t that deep.”
“Here’s the other thing, for you to ask other actors to jeopardize their careers,” Hubert added. “You know damn well, you don’t do that.” (RELATED: Snoop Dogg: ‘F*** The Oscars — I Will Not Watch Them’)
“They don’t care! I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living and made millions and millions of dollars from the very people [who are doing this]. That is not the way life works, baby. It’s very suspect to me.”
Then she turned her words to Smith directly.
“Maybe you didn’t deserve a nomination,” she said.
“I didn’t think, frankly, you deserved a Golden Globe nomination. You ain’t Barack and Michelle Obama. And y’all need to get over yourselves. You are a part of Hollywood. You are a part of the system that is unfair to other actors.” (RELATED: Spike Lee: I’m Skipping The Oscars Because Too Many White People Were Nominated)