The 2016 Oscars boycott is getting contentious – "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" alum Janet Hubert, who played Aunt Viv, is calling out Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith.
In a strongly worded (and quite shady!) video message, Janet responded to Jada calling for a boycott of the upcoming award show, which failed to nominate any diverse actors – including Will Smith for "Concussion."
"I want to say something to Jada Pinkett Smith asking other black actors to boycott the Oscars. First of all, Miss Thing: Does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?"" Janet said in her 4-minute video message.
According to Janet, the world has bigger issues than award show nominations.
"The second thing, girlfriend, there's a lot of s*** 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. People are starving. People are trying to pay bills," the actress continued. "And you're talking about some motherf***ing actors and Oscars. It just ain't that deep."
And it didn't stop there – Aunt Viv continued to lay into Will and Jada.
"Here's the other thing, for you to ask other actors to jeopardize their careers … You know damn well, you don't do that," she said. "They don't care! I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living and made millions and millions of dollars from the very people [who are doing this] … That is not the way life works, baby. It's very suspect to me."
And in her deepest, shadiest cut, Will's former co-star slammed his "Concussion" performance.
"Maybe you didn't deserve a nomination. I didn't think, frankly, you deserved a Golden Globe nomination," she said to the actor. "You ain't Barack and Michelle Obama. And y'all need to get over yourselves … You are a part of Hollywood. You are a part of the system that is unfair to other actors."
"Is it time that people of color recognize how much power, influence, that we have amassed, that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere?" she said in the video on Facebook. "Maybe it's time that we recognize that if we love and respect and acknowledge ourselves in the way in which we are asking others to do, that that is the place of true power."
Following the Oscar nominations, Access Hollywood's Liz Hernandez spoke to Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs about yet another year with very little diversity among the nominees.
"Well, it is disappointing, I have to say. This is something that's very important to the Academy and important to me and we are going to continue this fight of the discussion and the discussion is a good one," she told Access at the time. "But, it is not just about talking, it is about doing and we are very much still in that seat to drive this issue, to have more inclusion of people of color and women to participate in one of the greatest art forms there is."
-- Jesse Spero