Jada Pinkett Smith and Janet Hubert Continue Feud Over Oscars Boycott Plans
Jada Pinkett Smith and Janet Hubert’s online video feud has been kicked up a notch after the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star took aim at the wife of her one-time co-star Will Smith over her Oscars boycott bid.
Hubert took aim at Smith’s decision to stay away from the Academy Awards as a protest over the absence of black actors and directors among the top nominations, claiming the Collateral star was simply upset because Mr. Smith hadn’t been named on the shortlist.
In an online video message, Hubert raged, “There’s lots of s**t going on in the world that you all don’t seem to recognize. People are dying. Our boys are being shot left and right. People are starving. People are trying to pay bills. And you’re talking about some actors and Oscars. It’s just ain’t that deep [sic].”
Smith had clearly heard what Hubert had said when Entertainment Tonight cameras caught up with her on Wednesday, but she responded with calm.
“This whole Oscar controversy isn’t really about the Oscars,” the 44-year-old said. “Really, in my plea to ask all communities and people of color to take back our power is so that we can use it in all sectors of our community [sic], and right now, specifically with African-American people, we have some very serious issues that I think we as a people have to move together on.”
“I’m hoping we can find ways to step together in this instead of finding ways to fight each other,” she added. “I got love for everybody.”
Hubert has also expanded on her comments in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, taking another shot at Smith and the man she claims got her fired from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
“I was looking at this ridiculousness people called a historic moment and I was annoyed,” she told the publication. “I was annoyed because it dilutes the movement when you only stand up for yourself. You ain’t all that [sic]. You’re not kings and queens. You’re not royalty. You’re simply entertainers. Get over it.”