The lack of African-American representation in the 88th Annual Academy Awards has been a point of contention ever since the nominations were announced earlier this month. Along with sparking Twitter trend #OscarsSoWhite, the lack of diversity also led to a number of notable black actors turning their proverbial backs on one of the highly anticipated award ceremonies in Hollywood.
Among those leading the call for boycott, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Spike Lee are perhaps the two most revered media figures. And while most of the African-American celebrities are showing their support for them, one actress is taking issue with their stance.
Janet Hubert, best known for playing the original Aunt Vivian on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from 1990 to 1993, recently took to Facebook to voice her outrage over the controversy. In a rant that reminded most of Uncle Phil, the actress called out Pinkett-Smith for staging the boycott just because her husband and Hubert's former co-star, Will Smith, was not nominated for his role in Concussion.
“First of all, Miss Thing, does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?” Hubert began. “The second thing, girlfriend, there’s a lot of sh-t 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 starving. People are trying to pay bills. And you’re talking about some [expletive] actors and Oscars. It just ain’t that deep.”
There is definitely some bad blood between Hubert and the Smiths, which was pretty evident in the four-minute tirade that soon went viral on the Internet.
Watch Janet Hubert’s sassy criticism in the video above.