Sjoe, Aunt Vivian aka Janet Hubert from the hit show Fresh Prince of Bel Air has some harsh words for her former co-star Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith. This as Jada called for people of colour to boycott the Oscars, for not being very diverse in their nominations. Will has obviously garnered a lot of attention for his role in his new film, Concussion, but he and other black actors and actresses were visibly absent from the list of nominations for film’s big night. Now Aunt Viv is lashing out at the two saying they’re both part of the Hollywood machine, they’ve earned millions of dollars and there are bigger problems in the world to worry about. Watch the clip below:
Here’s what The Academy President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs had to say on the matter:
I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year’s nominees. While we celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes. The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership. In the coming days and weeks we will conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond.
As many of you know, we have implemented changes to diversify our membership in the last four years. But the change is not coming as fast as we would like. We need to do more, and better and more quickly.
This isn’t unprecedented for the Academy. In the ‘60s and ‘70s it was about recruiting younger members to stay vital and relevant. In 2016, the mandate is inclusion in all of its facets: gender, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. We recognize the very real concerns of our community, and I so appreciate all of you who have reached out to me in our effort to move forward together.
What do you make of this? Are the #OscarsSoWhite or is this just a case of sour grapes from the Smiths?