'Aunt Viv' Really Not Impressed With Smiths' Oscars Boycott

Janet Hubert posts video rant
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2016 10:41 AM CST
'Aunt Viv' Really Not Impressed With Smiths' Oscars Boycott
This NBC photo shows, from left, James Avery as Philip Banks, Will Smith as William "Will" Smith, and Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks on the TV series "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."   (AP Photo/NBC, Ron Tom)

Janet Hubert, who played the "original" Aunt Viv on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1990 to 1993, has a message for former co-star Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, the Week reports. Pinkett Smith recently announced she'd boycott the Oscars over the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' failure to nominate any black actors for the second year in a row, but Hubert isn't impressed with her activism. "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, and you're talking about some motherf-----' actors and Oscars. It just ain't that deep," says Hubert, who thinks Pinkett Smith is only boycotting because her husband wasn't nominated for Concussion, in a Facebook video.

Speaking of which, "maybe you didn't deserve a nomination," Hubert says, turning her attention to Will Smith. She alleges that the Fresh Prince cast once wanted Smith to help them negotiate raises, and he refused. "Well, karma must be a b----, because now here you are. Here you are, and you've had a few flops. And you know, there are those out there who really deserved a nod," like Idris Elba, who is "an incredible actor. You are not. ... Just because the world don't go the way you want it to go doesn't mean that you can go out and ... start asking people to stand up and sing 'We Shall Overcome' for you. You ain't Barack and Michelle Obama." Click to watch the rant in full. (More Jada Pinkett Smith stories.)

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