Will And Jada Have Finally Responded To Aunt Viv's Video Diss
And guess who else will be boycotting the awards...
Will and Jada have finally responded to the diss video that's had everyone talking this week. In a recorded rant that later went viral, actress Janet Hubert - best known for her role as Aunt Viv during the early seasons of The Fresh Prince OF Bel-Air - accused Will and Jada of promoting a boycott of the Oscars out of bitterness.Will - who starred in the drama Concussion - is one of the many actors of color who some feel were unfairly cheated out of a nomination. The Hollywood power couple has finally responded, if separately.
When Entertainment Tonight caught up with Jada to ask how she felt about the blatant diss, she didn't seem the least bit bothered.
"Considering that Alabama had its highest recruitment for the KKK for Martin Luther King's birthday, I hope that we as African Americans can find a way to get along and step together," the actress said. "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."
"I'm hoping that we can find ways to step together in this, instead of finding ways to fight each other," she added. "I got love for everybody."
During an appearance on Good Morning America today, Will echoed that sentiment, confirming that he, too, will be boycotting the Academy Awards on February 28.
"My wife's not going. It would be awkward for me to show up with Charlize [Theron]," Smith said during the interview. "No, we've discussed it and we're a part of this community, but at this current time, we're uncomfortable to stand there and say this is okay."
"I think diversity is the American superpower. That's why we're great. So many different people from so many different places adding their ideas, their inspiration and influences to this beautiful American gumbo," Smith continued. "For me, at it's best, Hollywood represents and then creates the imagery for that beauty. But for my part, I think I have to protect and fight for the ideals that make our country and the Hollywood community great. So when I look at the series of nominations from the Academy, it's not reflecting that beauty."
Check out the full segment below.