As if 2020 couldn’t get any worse, the last week of the year is bringing with it the beef you never thought you’d see. A battle of the ’90s TV aunts. The original Aunt Viv from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Janet Hubert, is very publicly “airing her grievances” for the recently released from prison Aunt Becky from Full House, Lori Loughlin.
As a quick refresher, Fox News reported on Monday that Lori Loughlin was released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, after serving two months for her role in the college admissions scandal that had both the 56-year-old actress and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleading guilty to paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, into the University of Southern California under the guise of being recruited for the crew team.
Although, in the eyes of the law Aunt Becky has served her debt to society, Hubert has a differing opinion and has been very vocal on social media about the injustice of not only the leniency Loughlin received in her prison sentence, but the subsequent treatment and opportunities she will likely receive in Hollywood because of racial biases.
Janet Hubert feels the college admissions scandal will be a boon to Lori Loughlin's career
Just after Lori Loughlin’s release was announced on Monday, December 28, 2020, Janet Hubert took to Twitter to express her outrage. Accompanied by a GIF of her Aunt Viv character, the 64-year-old actress wrote, “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!” She added, “No thanks I would rather be bold, black, and dignified!” She concluded with what could only be described as a commentary on the social and racial inequalities that have glaringly come to a head this year with the hashtag, “#onlyinamerikkka.”
Just yesterday, Hubert, after receiving some backlash for her tweet, mostly from social media users who thought Loughlin’s privilege was more about her financial and social status rather than race, clarified, “There is a black woman that is serving 5 years for just using a different address to put her child in a better school. Those who are coming angry for my tweet…I will meet you at the door.”
Hubert’s reference was to the Tanya McDowell case from 2012 which has come to light since the admissions scandal broke. Although the cases are vastly different, as highlighted by People, insofar as McDowell entered a plea deal for the school address change in addition to other charges, including two counts for the sale of narcotics, it does highlight the socio-economic and racial biases which undoubtedly go hand-in-hand and currently plague the country.
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