Janet Hubert calls out the white privilege of actresses such as Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, who have both pleaded guilty for their roles in the college admissions scandal.
On Monday, the same day Loughlin was released from prison after she admitted to paying bribes to get her two daughters into the University of Southern California, the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” alum wrote a tweet implying that white and Black women are treated differently by society.
“So when white actresses commit crimes they get new shows, pilots, etc. Lori Loughlin ...I assume, will get an Emmy for her time in prison. Hmmmm...oh to be white, blond, and privileged!” Hubert, who played “Aunt Viv” until she was replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid in 1993, said.
“No thanks I would rather be bold, black, and dignified! #onlyinamerikkka,” she added.
So when white actresses commit crimes they get new shows, pilots, etc. Lori Loughlin ...I assume, will get an Emmy for her time in prison. Hmmmm...oh to be white, blond, and privileged!— Janet Hubert (@OGJanetHubert) December 28, 2020
No thanks I would rather be bold, black, and dignified!#onlyinamerikkka pic.twitter.com/TW52HIWhVz
In November, over a year after Huffman served 11 days in jail for bribing a test proctor $15,000 to redo her daughter Sophia’s SAT test, it was announced that she is set to star in an untitled ABC sitcom with a pilot production commitment.
After leaving “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Hubert publicly feuded with her former co-star Will Smith, who implied in a 1993 interview that she was hard to work with on-set.
Earlier this year, the two buried the hatchet in HBO Max’s “Fresh Prince” reunion but Hubert told Smith how his words had affected her personal and professional life.
“But you took all of that away from me — with your words,” Hubert said to Smith. “Words can kill. I lost everything. Reputation. Everything. And I understand you were able to move forward, but you know those words, calling a Black woman ‘difficult’ in Hollywood, is the kiss of death. And it’s hard enough being a dark-skinned Black woman in this business.”
In the special, Hubert also clarified that she was not fired from the show, but claims production cut her salary and offered her a “really bad deal” that she had no choice but to reject.
At the end of their sit-down, both Smith and Hubert decided to move forward.