Jada Pinkett Smith and Janet Hubert's online video feud has been kicked up a notch after the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star took aim at the wife of her one-time co-star Will Smith over her Oscars boycott bid.
Hubert took aim at Jada's decision to stay away from the Academy Awards as a protest over the absence of black actors and directors among the top nominations, claiming the Collateral star was simply upset because Will hadn't been named on the shortlist.
The 47-year-old actor was hotly tipped to receive a nod for a best actor Academy Award thanks to his role as Dr. Bennet Omalu in drama movie Concussion, but when the nominations were announced last Thursday (January 14) many were left shocked that no black stars featured in any of the lead categories.
For the second consecutive year there’s a lack of minority nominees in the major Academy Awards categories, and Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith have announced they’ll boycott the 2016 Oscars as a result.
In response, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has released a statement promising to prevent such an oversight in the future.
Taking measures to keep themselves and their family safe, Will Smith and his wife Jada obtained a restraining order against 26-year-old Ariel Archer after a housekeeper found her hiding out in their Calabasas, California mansion.
According to a police report, the Smiths weren’t home at the time, but one of their staff discovered Archer and called the cops. When Johnny Law arrived, Ariel refused to leave and was subsequently arrested.