'Fresh Prince' Star Thinks Jada Pinkett Smith Should Chill About #OscarsSoWhite (VIDEO)

Jada Pinkett Smith and Janet Hubert

Janet Hubert, who played Aunt Viv on Fresh Prince, made a clapback video slamming Jada Pinkett Smith's announcement she's boycotting the Oscars over its lack of diversity. And while it's pretty fun to watch, Hubert might be a tiny bit blinded by spite to see the bigger picture.

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Besides bringing up a salary negotiation from a quarter-century ago -- which was probably a little over the top -- Hubert makes a few solid points.

Here's Jada's call to boycott this year's Oscars that she posted to her Facebook page:

We must stand in our power!

We must stand in our power.

Posted by Jada Pinkett Smith on Monday, January 18, 2016

And here's Hubert's. Her main criticism? "It just ain't that deep," the self-described "blacktress" says in the four-minute video. Check it out.

Basically, she accuses Jada of just being mad because her husband Will Smith wasn't nominated for Concussion and adds that there are way more important issues facing black people in America than the Oscars:

The second thing, girlfriend, there's a lot 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 motherfu**ing actors and Oscars.

Which is absolutely true.

Black people in America face mass incarceration, police brutality, and economic inequalities every single day. Why should they -- or any of us -- care about a bunch of Hollywood insiders getting dressed up to get golden awards?

Because the Oscars are a huge American stage and offer an opportunity to start a long-overdue conversation about race in 2016 America with millions of people. And taking the time to point out racism in such a high-profile way matters.

White folks have no idea what it's like to be pulled over for "driving while black," or to face institutional racism. But they sure as hell watch the Oscars every year.

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One of our country's most prominent black voices, who was also one of the architects of the Black Lives Matter movement, DeRay McKesson, says the first step to addressing racial inequality -- particularly among white people -- is acknowledging racism and having frank and open discussions about race and injustice.

And this year's awards are providing a big, fat opportunity to talk on live television about the stunning lack of diversity of actors nominated for awards. And this particular conversation is going to be led by none other than Chris Rock, one of the sharpest observers and harshest critics of how black people are treated in America. So we can all feel pretty confident the Academy will get what's coming to it.

And so thanks to Jada and Spike Lee and Hubert and Chris Rock, who have all weighed in on this year's "white" Oscars, Hollywood's annual diamond-studded gala will be turned into a full-fledged discussion about racism with millions of Americans.

Sure, maybe Jada is motivated a bit by personal feelings, and yes, there are far more immediate dangers facing Americans of color than not being acknowledged for acting. But what it means to be black in today's America is a conversation worth having -- especially on the most glamorous stage in the world.

The Academy might want to get ready, because this year's Oscars, to use Hubert's turn of phrase, are about to get real deep.

 

Images via Ciao Hollywood / Splash News; Chris Haston / NBCU Photo Bank

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