(www.BlacksinHollywood.com) – The odds that Black America won’t tune in for the Oscar fashion fest or that Essence and Ebony will scrap their events is about 1/100. While Jada earned respect from #BlackTwitter for speaking out, former Fresh Prince of Bel Air actress Janet Hubert, who played Aunt Viv, called Jada’s bluff.
In a video posted to Facebook, Hubert calls out Will and Jada for being self-involved and, “part of the system that is unfair.”
January 14, 2016 was a damning day for Oscar nominations which saw Ice Cube, Samuel L. Jackson and Will Smith excluded from for their roles in a hip hop biopic, “Straight Outta Compton,” the D’Jango spin-off “Hateful 8” and the football drama “Concussion,” Pinkett Smith expressed her disappointment that this year’s nominations didn’t include any people of color. In a video blog, Pinkett Smith ranted, “Begging for acknowledgement or even asking [to be nominated] diminishes dignity. So let’s let the Academy do them with all the grace and love and let’s do us differently.”
“Today being the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, and hitting sixty years old, I’m at the point where I just don’t give a kitty,” she began her rant. She then asks Jada, “Does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?”
Hubert goes on to say, “there’s a lot of sh*t 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, starving, people are trying to pay bills. And you’re talking about some motherf*cking actors, and Oscars. And it just ain’t that deep.”
She takes The Smith to task saying their actions are selfish and reckless to ask other actors to “jeopardize their career, and their standing in a town, that you know damn well, you don’t do that!”
She points out the motivation for The Smiths to lead a boycott was the direct result of Will Smith not receiving a nomination for “Concussion” — and, according to her, he didn’t deserve one.
“You know, there are those out there that really did deserve a nod. Idris Elba was one of them…that man is an incredible actor. You are not! Maybe you didn’t deserve a nomination,” she said. “Just because the world doesn’t go the way you want it to go doesn’t mean you can go out and ask people to stand up and sing ‘We Can Overcome’ for you.”