It’s a bit uncomfortable sometimes when celebrities who have only been known for one role that was about twenty years ago suddenly lash out on their Facebook page. But in Janet Hubert’s–better known as Aunt Viv from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air–case, the result has been quite eye-opening.
In the wake of the rage incited over the standard lack of “black movie” presence at the Oscars, the #OscarsSoWhite hash tag that continues to prove Twitter activism is pathetic has been spurred on by the official “boycotts” of Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee (accustomed to causing a stir with his comments about white overpowerment). But their boycotts have prompted a separate, more unexpected boycott: Hubert’s ire over a person she calls “somebody who has made their living and has 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.”
Calling out the hypocrisy of the Smiths, Hubert displays no sympathy for the couple–least of all Will (who she still sees as an integral part of her ousting from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air back in 1993 after raise negotiations became heated). She imbues her argument with some admittedly solid points, like, “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 and family and yourself. So you are a part of Hollywood, you are part of the system that is unfair to other actors. So get real.” You can’t say fairer than that–black, white or otherwise. In any case, Spike Lee got off lucky this time and, on the plus side, Chris Rock is hosting the show, which means retaliative white jokes galore.