Will Smith And Jada Pinkett Smith’s Oscar Snub Backlash

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Jan 20, 2016

The Smiths are threatening to shun the February 28 awards due to the lack of black nominees.

But Janet Hubert, who played Will’s aunt Viv on the hit TV comedy series, questions the couple’s motivation and Will’s acting ability during a four-minute Facebook video response.

“First of all, miss thing,” the 60-year-old says, referring to Jada, “does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?”

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“The second thing, girlfriend, there’s a lot of sh*t going on in the world that you all don’t seem to recognise. People are dying. Our boys are being shot left and right. People are starving. ”

“People are trying to pay bills. And you’re talking about some motherf**king actors and Oscars. It just ain’t that deep.”

Janet also attacks Jada for asking “other black actresses and actors” to “jeopardise their career” in Hollywood.

She says she finds it “ironic” they were planning to boycott the people who helped them make their living just because Will didn’t receive a nomination for his role in the critically acclaimed movie Concussion.

She then recalls an incident that occurred during the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air when Will refused to negotiate his contract alongside the rest of the cast.

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“Well, karma must be a b*tch, cause now here you are,” she says.

“Here you are, you’ve had a few flops and you know there are those out there who really deserved a nod.”

Although full of praise for Idris Elba, who also missed out on a nomination for his role in Beasts of No Nation, Janet isn’t so complimentary about Will’s work.

“Maybe you didn’t deserve a nomination. I didn’t think, frankly, you deserved a Golden Globes nomination with that accent, but you got one.

“And just because the world doesn’t go the way you want it to go, doesn’t mean you can go out and start asking people to stand up and sing We Shall Overcome for you.”

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Following the outcry over the all-white nominations, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs released a statement saying she is “heartbroken and frustrated” at the “lack of inclusion”.

“The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership,” she says.

“In the coming days and weeks, we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond.”


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