It's the battle of the sitcom aunts after The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Janet Hubert criticized Full House star Lori Loughlin's prison sentence. Despite her wholesome television roles, Loughlin found herself in major legal trouble last year when she was outed as one of 50 parents accused of using bribery to get their kids enrolled into prestigious universities. She was ultimately sentenced to two months behind bars and was recently released just in time for New Year's Day.
"So when white actresses commit crimes they get new shows, pilots, etc.," Hubert said on Twitter about the former Full House star. "Lori Loughlin ...I assume, will get an Emmy for her time in prison. Hmmmm...oh to be white, blond, and privileged! No thanks I would rather be bold, black, and dignified!"
In a follow-up tweet, Hubert explained her stance by comparing Lori Loughlin's sentence to the case of Tanya McDowell, a Connecticut mother sentenced to five years after enrolling her son in Norwalk schools despite living in Bridgeport. The actress also slams Saturday Night Live for bringing her name into the conversation about the college admissions scandal for the sake of a joke.
"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. SNL used my photo when talking about this school mess, I was NOT amused," tweets Hubert.
Janet Hubert might not be happy with Loughlin, but for what it's worth, she was recently able to bury the hatchet with Will Smith. Famously, Smith and Hubert did not get along on the set of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, ultimately leading to Aunt Viv's recasting with Daphne Maxwell Reid halfway through the series. The former co-stars had been on bad terms ever since until this year when Smith and Hubert reunited for a reunion special on HBO Max, finally able to put all of that bad blood behind them.
Lori Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade, one of the two girls allegedly enrolled into USC through bribery, recently addressed the scandal and the accusations of white privilege on Jada Pinkett Smith's Red Table Talk. For her part, Olivia took some responsibility and acknowledged that what the family had done was wrong, asking for people to give her a second chance to redeem herself.
"I understand that just based on my skin color I already had my foot in the door and I was already ahead of everybody else. Right. I think that 100%. I can recognize that going forward," Olivia said.
Now, Loughlin might be back at home, but it's going to be a while before her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, can join the rest of the family on the outside. He was given a sentence of five months for the crime, required to serve three more months than his wife. It also remains to be seen if Loughlin will be able to bounce back with her acting career after the scandal had already led to her getting fired from Fuller House and When Calls the Heart. This news stems from Janet Hubert on Twitter.