Alexis Arquette claims Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are 'gay hypocrites' for Oscars boycott
Actress Alexis Arquette has controversially criticised Hollywood power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith for boycotting this year’s Oscars ceremony over its lack of racial diversity, claiming that the pair are both secretly gay and apparently harming LGBT visibility.
In a now-deleted Facebook rant, the transgender sister of David Arquette claimed the couple’s stance on the lack of diversity among nominees is hypocritical, given both Will and Jada have allegedly deceived fans for years about their sexuality, The Mirror reports.
“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,” she wrote.
Throwing further fuel onto the flames, Arquette claimed Smith had infamously once lost it on a film set when the script had called for him to kiss another male actor.
“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,” she said.
Arquette said Will’s demands to make changes in the scene avoided the “non-existent lip lock instantly”.
She continued: “Gays have enemies. They lurk in gilded closets. Outing is healthy. You are either with us, or against us. You decide. Today.”
Pinkett Smith announced earlier this week that she would be boycotting this year’s Oscars ceremony, after nominations across all four acting categories featured only white actors, meaning Will also missed out on any recognition by the Academy for his role in Concussion.
"Is it time people of colour recognise how much power and influence, that we have amassed - that we no longer need to ask to be invited anywhere,” she said.
"I ask the question. Have we now come to a new time and place that we recognise that we can no longer beg for the love, acknowledgement or respect of any group?
"That maybe it's time that we recognise that if we love and respect and acknowledge ourselves in the way in which we are asking others to do, that that is the place of true power."
Born as Robert Arquette in 1969, Alexis began to transition in 2002, and documented her journey in Alexis Arquette: He's My Brother.
You can watch Jada Pinkett Smith’s Oscar boycott video below: