After Jada Pinkett Smith threatened to boycott the 2016 Academy Awards due to the lack of diversity among nominees, Will and Jada received an unlikely attack by none other than trans actress and activist Alexis Arquette.
In a Facebook post, Arquette claimed Will and Jada are both gay and in the closet. And while it’s hardly the first time the rumor has surfaced, Arquette’s read was oddly specific.
“When Jada comes out as gay and her beard husband admits his first marriage ended when she walked in to him … servicing his Sugar Daddy Benny Medina … then I will listen to them,” Arquette wrote in a now-deleted Facebook post on Tuesday. She later clarified in the comments section, “‘She’ being his FIRST Wife. Paid off, silent.”
“Will threw a fit on the set of [‘Six Degrees of Separation’] when he was required by the scene to kiss Anthony Rapp… He persuaded the director to shoot the back of his head in frame. Blocking the non existent lip lock entirely…. Gays have enemies. They lurk in gilded closets. Outing is healthy. You are either with or against us. You decide. Today.”
For what it’s worth, Will’s former Fresh Prince co-star Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) also had some choice words about the possible boycott.
“I find it ironic that somebody who has made their living and has made millions and millions of dollars from the very people that you’re talking about boycotting just because you didn’t get a nomination, just because you didn’t win?” said Hubert. “That’s not the way life works, baby.”
She continued, “You ain’t Barack and Michelle Obama. And y’all need to get over yourselves. You have a huge production company that you only produce your friends and family and yourself. So you are a part of Hollywood, you are part of the system that is unfair to other actors. So get real.”
Hubert went on to blast Will for refusing to band together as a cast during the Fresh Prince days to negotiate a group raise like the “white shows” do.
“Your response to me was ‘my deal is my deal. And your deal is your deal,'” she says.