The original Aunt Viv, of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
fame, continues to slam the A-list couple, after the Magic Mike XXL
actress announced she's boycotting the 2016 Oscars
over the acting nominees' lack of diversity.
"I'm a real freedom fighter. I'm not a pretend freedom fighter," Hubert, 60, tells The Los Angeles Times
in a new interview after she slammed the A-list couple in a video response that quickly went viral
. "I stand up for other actresses, other people. The Smiths just irked me because they are such pretenders, and everything is a photo op."
She echoes her previous thoughts, being that the main reason the couple is boycotting is because Smith was snubbed in the Best Actor category for his performance in Concussion
. On Thursday, the actor told Good Morning America
he would also not be attending this year's ceremony.
"It's just self-contrived because her hubby didn’t get a nomination," Hubert says. "I was looking at this ridiculousness people called a historic moment and I was annoyed. I was annoyed because it dilutes the movement when you only stand up for yourself."
"Everyone is struggling to get to where Mr. Smith and where Mrs. Jada Pinkett Smith are," she adds. "[But] y’all are at your mansion in a gilded cage standing up there with billions of dollars in the bank. You could do more for the industry and for black Hollywood than anyone could. ... You have the ability to do so much. You could become the new Tyler Perry. Tyler Perry is not going, 'I want an Oscar.' He found his niche and we love him for that."
She also criticizes the black Hollywood community as a whole.
"We’re all complaining about diversity in Hollywood, but we’ve got to address the colorism within the black community of Hollywood first," she says. "I'm called 'dark-skinned Aunt Viv.' [Actress Daphne Maxwell Reid] is called 'light-skinned Aunt Viv.' The whole ridiculousness of black Hollywood -- there is no black Hollywood. It’s every man for himself. We’ve got to address that first before we can start attacking someone else’s awards that were never designed for us."
Still, Hubert continues to save her choice jabs for her former on-screen nephew and his wife, and says she was hardly impressed with Smith's Nigerian accent in Concussion.
"They have got to get over [themselves]," Hubert stresses, choosing to refer to them as "money makers," as opposed to "top-level" actors. "You ain't all that. You're not kings and queens. You're not royalty. You're simply entertainers."
During his appearance on GMA
, the 47-year-old actor added he would still boycott the Oscars
even if he was the only black actor nominated.
"Had I been nominated and no other people of color were, [Jada] would have made the video anyway. We would still be having this conversation," Smith said. "This is so deeply not about me. This is about the children that are going to sit down and watch this show and they aren't going to see themselves represented."
"This whole Oscar controversy isn't really about the Oscars," the former Gotham star said. "Really, in my plea to ask all communities and people of color to take back our power is 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 I think we as a people have to move together on.”
"I'm hoping we can find ways to step together in this instead of finding ways to fight each other," she added. "I got love for everybody."