Trans actress brands Will and Jada Pinkett Smith ‘gay hypocrites’ following Oscar boycott
Alexis Arquette has lashed out at the pair after they announced their plans to snub this year’s ceremony.
The trans actress and performer has lashed out at Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith – accusing the couple of being hypocrites and questioning their sexuality.
Arquette’s accusations follow Pinkett Smith’s announcement that she will be boycotting this year’s Oscars after no black stars were nominated.
In response, Arquette – sister of fellow actors Patricia and David – posted a scathing message to the famous couple, in which she accused Will of being a “beard” for Jada, before casting aspersions about why his first marriage ended.
“When Jada comes out as gay and her beard husband admits his first marriage ended when she walked in to him butt servicing his Sugar Daddy – then I will listen to them,” she wrote.
Smith’s first marriage to Sheree Zampino ended in divorce in 1995 – two years later he remarried Pinkett Smith.
Music executive Benny Medina is best known for managing the career of Jennifer Lopez and has also worked with the likes of P Diddy, Mariah Carey and Tyra Banks.
Arquette – who documented her transition in the film Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother – also attacked Smith for avoiding taking part in an on-screen same sex kiss.
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“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.”
She concluded: “F**k him. Gays have enemies. They lurk in gilded closets. Outing is healthy.
“You are either with or against us. You decide. Today.”
Pinkett-Smith’s boycott comes after it was revealed that none of the nominees for best actor, best actress, best supporting actor or best supporting actress are performers of colour.
“At the Oscars people of colour are always welcomed to give out awards, even entertain – but we are rarely recognised for our artistic accomplishments,” she wrote.
“Should people of colour refrain from participating altogether? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment.”