*I’ll start this with a Uh-oh.
Then I’m going to quote the Queen from a Shakespearean play who says:
“The lady doth protest too much, me thinks.” (Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 2, page 230).
While I am sure only certain people will argue the fact that the Oscars ARE so white; news has surfaced in a ‘pot calling the kettle black’ kinda way…
THAT video by Jada Pinkett Smith that speaks to her support of the #oscarssowhite movement and why black folk should basically stop depending on folks who don’t look like us to acknowledge our value (that’s a SERIOUS paraphrase, I know) had an uninvited response via Janet “Aunt Viv” Hubert – who basically called Smith a two-faced-damn-liar who needs to check herself. Hubert was widely criticized for her reaction to Smith’s words. People called her “angry,” “spiteful,” and “revengeful” due to her highly publicized dislike of Will Smith, based on their past working relationship on “The Fresh Prince.”
But now a new ingredient has been added to the mix and it will be hard to argue that Jada’s video won’t prove a good look put up against it.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have been busted. Called out. Stepped up to and reprimanded for not having black writers employed at their own production company: Overbrook Entertainment.
Well, not ENOUGH black writers.
Your Black World writer Roosevelt Mitchell III poses the question, “What could be whiter than the Oscars?” And answers the question: “Will Smith’s writing team.” Ouch. He goes on to introduce the writing staff at Overbrook; the company Will Smith has helmed since 1997, when he, along with James Lassiter, set up shop in Culver City, California.
And the list of writers includes pictures.
Overbrook has produced an impressive grouping of blockbusters over this timeframe. But according to Mitchell III, only two of the writers from the long list are black: ‘Love & Basketball’ and ‘Secret Life of Bees’ writer, Gina Prince Bythewood and Tina Gordon Chisolm — writer of ‘ATL’.
In the video, Mitchell, who concludes that particular segment saying, “And that’s the short list of the black writers,” before posing the question “You couldn’t find any more black writers to work on some of those films?”
And to be fair, one other writer is a person of color, just not black.
Anyway, I just wanted to set the video below up for you. You can come to your own conclusions. I just couldn’t rest before showing what can manifest when, “Thou doth protest too much.”
The woman made a video.
There is always going to be an opportunity for someone to come along and shut you up…or at the very least, cause you to pause.
Here’s the video!