Having already dissed Jada Pickett and Will Smith on Monday for calling several actors to boycott the Oscars, the Fresh Prince of Bel Air actress Hubert Janet also known as ‘Aunt Viv’ has further gone ahead to attack Smith in another series of posts and interviews,
“The Smiths just irked me because they are such pretenders and everything is a photo op. It’s just self-contrived because her hubby didn’t get a nomination,” Aunt Viv said while refering to Will’s performance in Concussion.
“I was looking at this ridiculousness people called a historic moment and I was annoyed,” she added. “I was annoyed because it dilutes the movement when you only stand up for yourself.”
“Y’all are at your mansion in a gilded cage, standing up there with billions of dollars in the bank. You could do more for the industry and for black Hollywood than anyone could. You could be mentoring young screenwriters. You could be setting up a program. You have the ability to do so much.”
Aunt Viv also talked about other actors who complain about being snubbed during the award season,
“There are actors who have never gotten an Oscar and have done amazing work. If you are waiting for an award of a little … gold statue and that’s supposed to validate you, then you’re not in this business for the right reasons,” she said. “We do the work. It’s about the work. It’s about taking the pages of a script and bringing them to life. It ain’t that deep. We get paid a lot of money to do very little work.”
Jada Pickett Smith message to her fellow actors and fans was the need for diversity in the Oscars which it currently lacks,
“This whole Oscar controversy isn’t really about the Oscars,” she said. “Really, in my plea to ask all communities and people of color to take back our power is so that we can use it in all sectors of our community, and right now, specifically with African-American people, we have some very serious issues that I think we as a people have to move together on.”