Earlier today, actress Janet Hubert responded to Jada Pinkett Smith's boycott of the Academy Awards over their snubbing of people of color in general, and her husband Will Smith's performance in Concussion in particular. Janet Hubert played Aunt Vivian on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air until being replaced after the 1993 season by Daphne Reid, reportedly at Smith's request. The animosity between Hubert and Smith is well-documented, but it may well hit a new peak after this video uploaded to Facebook today in which Hubert, referring to herself as a "blacktress," essentially calls the Smiths rich, privileged hypocrites (transcript below):
To the Smiths!Posted by Janet Hubert on Monday, January 18, 2016
Here is a complete transcript of Hubert's video (after her introductory remarks about Martin Luther King Day and turning 60 years old):
First of all, miss thing. Does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak? And the second thing is, girlfriend, there is a lot of shit going 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 motherfuckin' actors and Oscars. And it just ain’t that deep.
Here’s the other thing. For you to ask other actors and other ‘blacktresses’ and black actors to jeopardize their career and their standing in a town [where] you know damn well you don’t do that.
And here’s the other thing: they don’t care. They don’t care!
I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living...made their living and have made millions and millions of dollars from the very people that you’re talking about boycotting just because you didn’t get a nomination? Just because you didn’t win? That’s not the way life works, baby. Okay? And it... it’s very suspect to me.
And I seem to recall, hmm, 20... maybe 6, 7, years ago...25, whatever it was...I don't even remember. But I seem to remember coming to you at option time [on Fresh Prince] coming to you and saying "you know what, Will, you're the star of the show. Why don't we all get together, and maybe with you we can get a little raise? Maybe the network, you know since the show is such a hit, and you being the star of the show, your influence would help us greatly."
Like they did on Friends! Like white shows do! Remember that? Do you remember that? Because I do. Hmm. And your response to me was, "my deal is my deal, and y'all's deal is y'all's deal."
Well, karma must be a bitch, because now here you are. Here you are, you've had a few flops. And you know, there are those out there who really deserved a nod, and Idris Elba was one of them. Lord have mercy. Beast of No Nation was incredible. That man is an incredible actor.
You are not. Maybe you didn't deserve a nomination. Uh, I didn't think, frankly, you deserved a Golden Globe nomination with that accent, but you got one. And just because the world don't go the way you want it to go doesn't mean you can go out and you start asking people to stand up and sing 'We Shall Overcome' for you!
You ain't Barack and Michelle Obama, and y'all need to get over yourselves. You have a huge production company that you only [use to] produce your family, your friends, and yourselves. So you are a part of Hollywood, you are a part of the system that is unfair to other actors. So get real.
Now for those of you who say "Miss Hubert, here she go! There she go! There she go bein' bitter." Bitches, please. It's not about being bitter. It's about being right. Y'know, some of us got mortgages to pay, we got bills to pay, we got bigger shit to worry about than the Oscars.
The only Oscar I care about right now is Oscar Meyer weiner with mustard and relish.
And on that note, blacktress Janet Hubert signing off. Peace, baby.
Prior to uploading the video, Hubert had shared and commented on Jada's post:
The actress has made her feelings about Will Smith well-known in the past, once saying, "I will never do anything with an asshole like Will Smith." For what it's worth, Will Smith has made clear that the feeling is mutual, "She said once, 'I've been in the business for 10 years and this snotty-nosed punk comes along and gets a show.' No matter what, to her I'm just the AntiChrist." So, there may well be a Fresh Prince reboot, but the reunion is still probably out of the question.