The dialogue between Jada Pinkett Smith and Janet Hubert continues as a video of Jada has surfaced speaking out on Janet's reaction to Jada's initial plea to boycott the Oscars due to lack of diversity in this year's nominee roster.
Jada clarifies that she was not making this an issue solely about the Oscars, which is most likely a response to Janet's critique that boycotting the Oscars is "not so deep" compared to other real life and serious issues that affect people of color.
Rather, Jada abstracts away from the Oscars itself and gives justification for her plea to boycott:
"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."
Jada also made it clear that she doesn't want this to be seen as a feud between her and Janet and clears up any rumors that she is at odds with the actress who played Aunt Viv on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air:
"I'm hoping we can find ways to step together in this instead of finding ways to fight each other. I got love for everybody.”
The dialogue that has been going on between these two women has also been commented on by other media personalities. A good example of which is Whoopi Goldberg who spoke out on The View, giving her own reasons as to why she thinks boycotting the Oscars could be detrimental.
She says that boycotting the Oscars means boycotting Chris Rock, who is the second African American host of the Oscars ever. Furthermore, Whoopi says that the issue is not solely tied to just who gets nominated at the Oscars. Instead, it relates to an issue that is affecting the movie industry on a larger scale.
The Sister Act star argues that the only way to see true diversity in this industry rests in the hands of production companies and who they decide to hire. Once production companies are acting in a fair and diverse way, then real and consistent diversity in film can be observed.