When Will Smith’s wife Jada Pickett called on fellow actors to boycott the 2016 Oscars for lack of diversity not all actors took it lightly. Former Fresh Prince star Janet Hubert who played Aunt Viv in the first two seasons of the sitcom hit at the star and even dragged Will Smith into it.
“Girl please, why are you always speaking for your man? Before going on to criticize Will Smith’s accent in Concussion claiming that his accent was all over the place and “his female co-stars role was cut to nothing to make sure she did not outshine him.”
“Now you want other actors to support your cause and be blacklisted in Hollywood as I was because of your lying ass husband,” She added. “When I asked Smith many years ago to stand up together for salary.. he did not.”
Aunt Viv was responding to Jada Pickett’s boycott message which also paused a question whether it’s time to pull back their resources,
“Maybe it is time that we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities, into our programs, and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit, that are just as good as the so-called mainstream ones. I don’t know,” she said. “Here’s what I do know: Begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity, and diminishes power, and we are a dignified people, and we are powerful, and let’s not forget it.”
Aunt Viv is still hurt by how she exited the show in 1993 and thinks Will had a hand in it.
“Smith did some heinous, horrible things to me—they were like bad kids, Will and Alfonso [Ribiero], especially Alfonso. He said that I was crazy and nobody wanted to go to lunch with me.”
In an accompanying video to the power couple, Aunt Viv further lashed out at them saying,
“You have a huge production company that you only produce your friends, your family, and yourself, so you are a part of Hollywood, and you are a part of the system that is unfair to other actors. So get real.”
“You ain’t Barack and Michelle Obama,” Aunt Viv said, “and y’all need to get over yourselves.”