Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air cast member 'Aunt Viv' slams Jada Pinkett-Smith
A video in which popular actress Jada Pinkett-Smith slams The Academy Awards for lack of diversity and announces that she will not be attending this year's presentations has gone viral.
But while Pinkett-Smith has garnered the support of many black people around the world, at least one African-American actress has blasted the "Set It Off" star, accusing her of fighting for an Academy Award that her husband doesn't deserve.
Janet Hubert, 60, more popularly known as original Aunt Viv on the celebrated ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has called out Pinkett-Smith, claiming that Will Smith doesn't deserve an Academy Award for his performance as Dr. Bennet Omalu in his latest film "Concussion".
"His accent was all over the place, his female co-star's role was cut to nothing to make sure she did not outshine him,” Hubert said of Will Smith's role in Concussion on Facebook.
"It was the best performance of his career [but was] not necessarily Academy worthy," Hubert continued.
She also slams Pinkett-Smith for encouraging African-American actors to boycott the "Oscars", knowing that it could harm their careers.
“Now you want other actors to support your cause and be blacklisted in Hollywood as I was because of your lying ass husband. My advice to other actors is... Do NOT DO THIS to yourselves," Hubert ranted.
In a YouTube video, Hubert tells the Smiths, "you ain't Barack and Michelle Obama. And y'all need to get over yourselves, you have a huge production company that you only produce your friends, your family and yourself. So you are a part of Hollywood, you are a part of the system that is unfair to other actors."
The Academy Awards, or "Oscars", is an annual American awards ceremony honoring cinematic achievements in the film industry.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which oversees these awards has come under fire for not including African American actors among the nominees for the second consecutive year.
President of the Academy Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is also an African American, announced today that "The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership...to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond."
The 2016 Academy Awards will be presented on February 28, 2016.
It will be hosted by black actor and comedian Chris Rock.