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Actress Who Played “Aunt Viv” Blasts Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith

"People are dying, our boys are being shot left and right, people are hungry, people are trying to pay bills, and you're talking about some…actors and Oscars. It just ain't that deep."

This is a story all about how… Aunt Viv is not happy with the Smiths. After Jada Pinkett Smith proclaimed that she’s boycotting the Oscars over its lack of diversity, Janet Hubert—the actress who played the original Aunt Viv on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air—is coming after her and husband Will Smith.

“First of all, Miss Thing, does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?" Hubert said in a video message. Jada’s husband, Will Smith, was overlooked for an Oscar for his role in Concussion. "Second thing is, girlfriend, there's a lot of shit 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 hungry, people are trying to pay bills, and you're talking about some…actors and Oscars. It just ain't that deep."

Hubert, who played the role of the original Aunt Viv from 1990 to 1993, says that the boycott is “suspect” since the Smiths made “millions and millions of dollars from the very people that you're talking about boycotting” and they’re asking black actors to jeopardize their careers in Hollywood.

She claims that Will did not have any solidarity with her during the show, specifically when they were negotiating salaries. “Maybe you didn't deserve a nomination," she says to him. "I frankly didn't think you deserved a Golden Globe nomination with that accent, but you got one. Just because the world don’t go the way you wanted it to go doesn't mean you can go out and then start asking people to stand up and sing 'We Shall Overcome' for you. You ain’t Barack and Michelle Obama.”

Damn, Aunt Viv. Let’s see what Carlton has to say.  

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