Over the weekend, Jada Pinkett Smith declared in a video she posted on Facebook that she’s not watching or going to the Oscars because the acting nominations are as white as the light I see when I’m enlightened by one of Jaden Smith’s tweets of wisdom. Some people co-signed everything that Jada said and others threw her a “Really now?” look, because she didn’t say anything over last year’s all-white acting nominations. They also suspected that she’s only pissed now because her husband Will Smith didn’t get a nomination for Concussion. The Original Aunt Viv from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has spoken up in a Facebook video and has taken her place as the leader of the “Jada, Have A Seat In The Luxurious Chair You Bought With The Millions You Made From The System You’re Now Boycotting” brigade.
Janet Hubert played Aunt Viv for the first 3 seasons of Fresh Prince. She was pink-slipped in 1993 due to “creative differences” and after all these years, she’s still mad over how she was kicked off of the show. Aunt Viv has made it clear that she thinks Will Smith’s ego is so big that it should be considered the 9th planet and she’s been demanding an apology from him for over 20 years. The O.G. Aunt Viv is filled with so much bitterness that I’d bet she’d taste refreshingly delicious with whiskey, a sugar cube, a splash of water, ice and a lemon peel. So when Jada spit out her Oscar boycott speech, Aunt Viv had something to say and she didn’t hold back.
Aunt Viv thinks that Jada is just salty because Will wasn’t nominated and she doesn’t think he even deserved a nomination for that busted Nigerian accent he did in Concussion. Aunt Viv says that with black men dying in the streets, there’s bigger shit to worry about than a dumb Oscar. Aunt Viv starts her verbal slap down by calling Jada “Miss Thing” and I haven’t heard that since my cousin called me that after watching me dance to a Celia Cruz song at a family party in 2003. Take it away, Aunt Viv!
“I want to say something about Jada Pinkett Smith asking other actors, black actors and actresses, to boycott the Oscars. First of all, Miss Thing, does your man not have a mouth of his own from which to speak? The second thing is, girlfriend, there is a lot of shit going on in the world that you all don’t seem to recognize. People are dying, boys are being shot left and right, people are hungry, people are starving, people are trying to pay bills and you’re talking about some motherfuckin’ actors and Oscars. And it just ain’t that deep.
And here’s the other thing. For you to ask other actors and other blacktresses and black actors to jeopardize their career and their standing in a town that you know damn well you don’t do that. And, here’s the other thing, they don’t care. They don’t care! And 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? That’s not the way life works, baby. Okay? And it’s very suspect to me.
And I seem to recall, hmmm, 20, 25 years ago, whatever it was… I seem to remember at option time coming to you and saying, ‘You know what, Will, you’re the star of the show and why don’t we all get together and with you maybe we can get a little raise. Maybe the network, since the show is such a hit and you being the star of the show, your influence will help us greatly like they did on Friends. Like white shows do!’ Do you remember that, because I do. And your response to me was, ‘My deal is my deal and y’all deal is y’all deal.’ Well karma must be a bitch, cause now here you are. Here you are, you’ve had a few flops and you know there are those out there who really deserved a nod.”
No, she didn’t stop there. Aunt Viv says that Idris Elba deserved to be honored, but Will Smith didn’t and an incredible actor he is not. Aunt Viv ended her words against the Smiths by saying that Will and Jada are part of the Hollywood system and some of us have real shit to worry about like paying our bills. The only Oscar that Aunt Viv cares about is Oscar Meyer wiener with some mustard and relish.
Whether you fully agree, fully disagree or partly agree with the Original Aunt Viv, we all have to agree that she put on a show in that video. I was thoroughly entertained from “Miss Thing” to that screech she did at the end. She’s still bitter as hell, but that was some A+ dragging. The Original Aunt Viv’s bitter charisma even came through in a video that was obviously shot with a water-damaged webcam in the Dharma control room and transmitted to the Internet through a faulty signal. She deserves an Oscar for that alone.