Earlier this week, Jada Pinkett Smith Shared a video on Facebook stating that she was boycotting the Oscars due to it’s lack of diversity. Shortly after, Janet Hubert, or better known as Aunt Viv from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, uploaded a response video to YouTube.
Hubert starts off her response to Jada by asking her if husband Will Smith doesn’t have a mouth to speak for himself. Hubert goes on to say, “I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living and 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 is not the way life works, baby.”
A reporter recently spotted Jada out and about and asked her to respond to Hubert’s comments. Jada stayed cool, calm, and collected in her response stating, “Considering that Alabama had its highest recruitment for the KKK on Martin Luther King’s birthday, I hope that we as African Americans can find a way to get along and step together.” Jada continued, “Here’s the deal, this whole Oscars controversy isn’t really about the Oscars. Really, it’s my plea to ask our community, people of color, to take back our power so that we can use it in all sectors of our community, and right now, specifically with African American people, we have some very serious issues that we as a people have to move together on.”
Jada ended the conversation saying she has “love for everybody.” You can read more and watch Jada’s video response here.