'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' actress Janet Hubert slams Jada Pinkett Smith over Oscars boycott

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Aunt Viv From 'Fresh Prince' Slams Will and Jada Pinkett Smith Over Oscars Boycott


The actress who played Aunt Viv along side Will Smith on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" launched a scathing social media attack on his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, on Monday.

Janet Hubert posted a four minute video on Facebook in reaction to the "Matrix Reloaded" actresses pledge to boycott the Oscars because of the lack of diversity among their acting nominees.

See photos of Smith and Hubert on "Fresh Prince":

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THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'When You Hit Upon a Star' Episode 17 -- Air Date 01/31/1994 -- Pictured: (l-r) James Avery as Philip Banks; Tatyana Ali as Ashley Banks; Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks; Joseph Marcell as Geoffrey; Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith; Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, THE -- 'Mother's Day' Episode 23 -- Pictured: (l-r) Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks -- Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- Pilot Gallery -- Pictured: (l-r) Front: Joseph Marcell as Geoffrey, Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks, James Avery as Philip Banks, Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks, Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks; Front: Tatyana Ali as Ashley Banks, Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'Fresh Prince After Dark' Episode 9 -- Air Date 11/08/1993 -- Pictured: (l-r) Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks; James Avery as Philip Banks (Photo by Alice S. Hall/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, THE -- 'Get a Job' Episode 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks -- Photo by: Jan Sonnenmair/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'Def Poet's Society' Episode 7 -- Pictured: (l-r) James Avery as Philip Banks, Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks -- Photo by: Ron Tom/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR -- 'Someday Your Prince Will Be in Effect: Part 2' -- Aired 10/29/90 -- Pictured: (back, l-r) Producer Benny Medina, Joseph Marcell as Geoffrey, Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks, James Avery as Philip Banks, Tyler Collins as Cindy, Kadeem Hardison as Himself, Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Quincy Jones as Himself, Al B. Sure as Himself, (front, l-r) Tatyana Ali as Ashley Banks, Janet Hubert-Whitten as Vivian Banks, Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks -- Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'Not, I Barbecue' Episode 6 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jaime Cardriche as Mad Dog, Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks -- Photo by: Kassa Zakadi/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'Take my Cousin...Please' Episode 11 -- Aired 11/22/93 -- Pictured: (l-r) Phil Morris as Prof. Scott Burton, Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith (Photo by Alice S. Hall/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, THE -- 'For Sale By Owner' Episode 25 -- Pictured: (l-r) Donald Trump as Himself, Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Marla Maples as Herself (Photo by Joseph Del Valle/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- Season 1 -- Pictured: Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, THE -- 'Papa's Got a Brand New Excuse' Episode 24 -- Pictured: (l-r) Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks, James Avery as Philip Banks, Daphne Reid as Vivian Banks, Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Ben Vereen as Lou Smith (Photo by Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'The Fresh Prince Project' Episode 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'The Baby Comes Out' Episode 20 -- Pictured: (l-r) Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Vernee Watson-Johnson as Viola 'Vy' Smith, Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks, James Avery as Philip Banks, Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks, Tatyana Ali as Ashley Banks -- Photo by: Ron Tom/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll' Episode 25 -- Pictured: (l-r) Nia Long as Lisa Wilkes, Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Vernee Watson-Johnson as Viola 'Vy' Smith, John Amos as Fred Wilkes -- Photo by: Gary Null/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'The Butler Did It' Episode 11 -- Pictured: (l-r) James Avery as Philip Banks, Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks -- Photo by: Ron Tom/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- Season 3 -- Pictured: (l-r) Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks, Joseph Marcell as Geoffrey, Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks, James Avery as Philip Banks, Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks, Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Tatyana Ali as Ashley Banks -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'P.S. I Love You' Episode 6 -- Pictured: (l-r) Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks, Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks, Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'Will is from Mars...' Episode 17 -- Air Date 02/20/1995 -- Pictured: (l-r) Isabel Sanford as Louise Jefferson, Sherman Hemsley as George Jefferson, Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith -- Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'Burnin' Down the House' Episode 1 -- Pictured: Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith -- Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBCU Photo Bank
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, THE -- 'I, Stank Hole in One' Episode 21 -- Pictured: (l-r) Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks, Regis Philbin -- Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy' Episode 5 -- Pictured: (l-r) Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'Guess Who's Coming to Marry?' Episode 6 -- Pictured: (l-r) Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks, Tatyana Ali as Ashley Banks, Vernee Watson-Johnson as Viola, James Avery as Philip Banks, Jenifer Lewis as Helen, Diedrich Bader as Frank Schaeffer -- Photo by: Joseph Del Valle/NBCU Photo Bank
FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR, THE -- 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Screams' Episode 16 -- Pictured: (l-r) Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'Six Degrees of Graduation' Episode 24 -- Pictured: (l-r) James Avery as Philip Banks, Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks -- Photo by: Danny Feld/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'Bang the Drum Ashley' Episode 2 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jeffrey A. Townes as Jazz, Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks, Tatyana Ali as Ashley Banks, Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks -- Photo by: Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'Cased Up' Episode 9 -- Pictured: (l-r) Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks, Tatyana Ali as Ashley Banks -- Photo by: Alice S. Hall/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'Homeboy, Sweet Homeboy' Episode 5 -- Pictured: (l-r) Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks, Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banks, Don Cheadle as Ice Tray -- Photo by: Chris Haston/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- 'Ill Will' Episode 18 -- Pictured: (l-r) Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith, Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks -- Photo by: Mike Ansell/NBCU Photo Bank
THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR -- Season 2 -- Pictured: (back, l-r) Karyn Parsons as Hilary Banksm, Tatyana Ali as Ashley Banks, Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks, Joseph Marcell as Geoffrey, Janet Hubert as Vivian Banks, (middle) Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks, (front) Will Smith as William 'Will' Smith -- Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank
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Calling herself Blacktress Janet Hubert, she said she wanted to speak out because it was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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"First of all, Miss Thing, does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak?" she said. "And the second thing is, there's a lot of shit going on in the world that you don't seem to recognize. People are dying, being shot left and right, people are hungry, people are trying to play bills -- and you're talking about actors and Oscars. It just ain't that deep.

"Here's the other thing. For you to ask other actors and actresses to jeopardize their career and standing in the town that you know damn well you don't do that. Here's the other thing -- they don't care."

Pinkett Smith is among the growing list of Hollywood stars including Spike Lee, "Straight Outta Compton" producer Will Packer, Oscars host Chris Rock and Don Cheadle to speak out about the diversity issue and ponder if people of color should participate in the Oscars at all.

"At the Oscars, people of color are always welcomed to give out awards, even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments," the "Gotham" actress wrote on Facebook Saturday and in a series of tweets. "Should people of color refrain from participating all together?"

However, Hubert took issue with the motives driving her appeal for equality, saying in her video: "I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living and has made millions and millions of dollars from the very people that you're talking about boycotting just because you didn't get a nomination, just because you didn't win?" she continued. "That's not the way life works, baby."

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Hubert has had a long-running feud with Will Smith since their days on "Fresh Prince," and she has accused him of having her kicked off the NBC show in 1993. "[Smith] said 'we're just gonna replace her and act like nothing happened,'" she told Huffington Post in May 2013.

In her latest rant, the TV actress recalled an incident 20-something years ago while she was still on "Fresh Prince" when she asked Smith to help the cast band together to get higher wages from the network like they did on "Friends."

She claims the star's response was "my deal is my deal, your deal is your deal," but now "karma is a bitch," she quipped.

Rather than thinking Smith should have gotten a nomination for "Concussion," Hubert said: "There were those out there who really deserved a nod, Idris Elba was one of them. 'Beasts of No Nation' was incredible."

READ MORE: Black Hollywood Calls Out Oscars for Lack of Diversity: It's 'Embarrassing'

"You ain't Barack and Michelle Obama. And y'all need to get over yourselves. You have a huge production company that you only produce your friends and family and yourself. So you are a part of Hollywood, you are part of the system that is unfair to other actors. So get real."

Take a look at the 2016 Academy Award nominees:

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Best Picture

The Big Short

(Photo via Paramount Pictures)

Best Picture

Bridge of Spies

(Photo via DreamWorks II Distribution Co.)

Best Picture

Brooklyn

(Photo via Fox Searchlight)

Best Picture

Mad Max: Fury Road

(Photo via Warner Bros. Pictures)

Best Picture

The Martian

(Photo via 20th Century Fox)

Best Picture

The Revenant

(Photo via Twentieth Century Fox)

Best Picture

Room

(Photo via A24 Films)

Best Picture

Spotlight

(Photo via Open Road Films)

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston

(Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Best Actor

Matt Damon

(Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio

(Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for Screen Actors Guild Foundation)

Best Actor

Michael Fassbender

(Photo by Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)

Best Actor

Eddie Redmayne

(Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Best Actress

Cate Blanchette

(Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Best Actress

Brie Larson

(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Best Actress

Jennifer Lawrence

(Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)

Best Actress

Charlotte Rampling

(Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/WireImage)

Best Actress

Saoirse Ronan

(Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

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Also on Monday, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs expressed her disappointment in the lack of diversity among this year's acting nominees.

"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," she said in a statement.

The Academy is taking dramatic steps to alter the makeup of our membership," Boone Isaacs continued. "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."

See Hubert's video below:

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Posted by Blacktress Janet Hubert on Monday, January 18, 2016

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