Janet Hubert, who played the original Aunt Vivian on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, used this video to go in hard on Will Smith. This speech arrives after Jada Pinkett Smith hinted at a boycott on Twitter. Jada didn’t like the lack of diversity from the past few crops of Oscar nominations, and she was also upset at Will’s perceived snub for Concussion. This omission aligns itself with the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag and can also be observed through the Straight Outta Compton producer, who wrote a powerful letter to the Academy.
Jada thought declining to participate in the Oscars ceremony would work an effect. Spike Lee took things further by officially confirming he wouldn’t attend, and he looked at the larger picture by criticizing the lack of diversity among those who get movies made. Lee’s not simply concerned with the awards, but what’s going on at the studio level. Whereas Jada (and perhaps Will) is focused upon the recognition that the awards present. Perhaps Jada meant to communicate the same sentiments as Lee, but it’s hard to do so in 140 characters or less.