Stop Carlton dancing! Aunt Viv’s got some words for Mr. and Mrs. Fresh Prince!
Janet Hubert, self-proclaimed ‘Blacktress’ who played Aunt Viv on the 90’s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, has taken to the interwebs with more than a few stern words for former co-star Will and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
Hubert uploaded a rebuttal video just days after Pinkett Smith urged actors of colour to boycott the Oscars due to the Academy’s failure to recognise a single black performer.
In the rather impassioned response, Hubert calls bullshit on the Smiths’ cause.
“First of all, miss thing, does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?”
Before you cry ‘sexism’, Hubert’s referring to the fact that it was Will —not Jada— who missed out on a nomination for his portrayal of a Nigerian neurosurgeon in Concussion.
“And I find it funny that someone who has made a living; made millions and millions of dollars from the very people you are talking about boycotting, because you didn’t get a nomination? Just because you didn’t win? That is not the way life works, baby. Okay? It seems very suspect to me.”
She went on to send a direct message to Will – “Guess what? Karma is a bitch.” - but not before citing his diva-like behavior on the Fresh Prince set, where he refused to stand by his co-stars during contract negotiations.
“Guess what? Karma is a bitch.”
But it doesn’t stop there. Hubert goes on to snipe at Will’s acting ability, claiming that another snubbed man of colour —Beast of No Nation’s Idris Elba— is an “incredible actor” while “you are not.”
It would be easy to put Hubert’s vitriol down to sour grapes, as she and Will’s bad blood dates back to her dismissal from the show and subsequent recasting of Aunt Viv, but she goes on to make a fair point.
“You ain’t Barack and Michelle Obama. And you all need to get over yourselves. You have a huge production company that you only produce your friends, your family, and yourself. So you are a part of Hollywood, you are a part of the system that is unfair to other actors, so get real!”
Perhaps if the boycott had come from someone who wasn’t linked to a snubbed nominee, Hubert’s testament would ring hollow. The Smiths’ cause isn’t helped by Spike Lee, the only other black Hollywood-ite to speak on the issue, as he was also snubbed in the directing category.
The question remains: Is Will Smith going to take this lying down?