The actress, who co-starred alongside Smith for years on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” as Aunt Viv, posted an online video on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in response to Pinkett Smith’s video announcing why she plans to boycott the 2016 Oscars.
For the second consecutive year, no black actors were nominated in any of the four acting categories – including Smith, who was snubbed for his lead role in “Concussion.” “The Academy has the right to acknowledge whomever they choose, to invite whomever they choose and now I think that it’s our responsibility, now, to make the change,” Pinkett Smith said in her video.
Referring to Pinkett Smith as “Miss Thing,” Hubert opens her video by asking, “Does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?” before launching into her thoughts on the controversy that has drawn so much attention.
Hubert then recalled how, when they were filming Fresh Prince years ago, she approached then-star Smith about banding together to ask the network for a cast-wide raise like the “White shows” do, like Friends.
“Your response to me was ‘my deal is my deal. And your deal is your deal,'” she says.
Pinkett Smith isn’t the only one in Hollywood to speak out in protest against this year’s nominations.
Filmmaker Spike Lee, who was awarded an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in November, said that while he appreciated that recognition, he and his wife “Cannot support” this year’s Academy Awards.
“The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership,” she said in the statement.
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