Tyrese: Chris Rock Should Step Down As Oscars Host (VIDEO)
As Gossip Cop has reported, no black actors were nominated when the 2016 nominations were announced last week. It marked the second year in a row that there will be only white acting nominees at next week’s ceremony. Jada Pinkett Smith has called for a boycott, Spike Lee says he won’t be attending, and now Tyrese is arguing that Rock should pull out of the event.
Speaking on “People Now” on Wednesday, Tyrese tried to make the case that if it was LGBT actors who had been excluded, more would be voicing disapproval. “If the host, Chris Rock, was a homosexual, he would have stepped down already,” argued the singer-actor. He went on to say, “There’s no joke that he can crack. There’s now ay for him to seize the moment and come into this thing and say, ‘I’m going to say this and say that I’m going to address the issue but then I’m still going to keep my gig as the host.'”
Tyrese then said point-blank, “The statement that you make is that you step down. That’s what you do.” He also insisted that, in support, whites should also be boycotting the ceremony, because “it ain’t about racism,” and that he’d be doing the same thing if the situation was reversed. He also added, “I feel bad for Leo [DiCaprio] who is finally going to win an actor for best actor, and this is going down on his watch… I wouldn’t want Leo to not go and get his trophy, but I feel bad that this is all going down [now].”
Tyrese’s comments come one day after Whoopi Goldberg said on “The View” that while she’s “pissed off” about the situation, she will not boycott the awards because that would be a “slap” to Rock. But Tyrese also expressed his stance on Instagram Tuesday, writing, “Chris Rock do the right thing make a statement – were relying on you to DO the right thing….. There is NO JOKE YOU CAN CRACK TO EVER CHANGE THE WAY WE ALL FEEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
And after the “People Now” interview, Tyrese to took Instagram again to elaborate, saying, “If Andy Cohen of #WWHL or Ellen were hosting the Oscars and they purposely left out all gays and or homosexuals from being nominated for an #Oscar THEY would of stepped down already….. This is a #fact…. For the record…… I HATE that this is all happening on the year that Leonardo DiCaprio is gonna win his first Oscar for BEST ACTOR…… Leo looooooveeessssss black people!!!!!! Leo in my homie!!!!!”
So far, though, there is no indication that Rock, who was named as host before the nominations were announced, will be dropping out, and promos with him have already been shot and released. Check out video of Tyrese’s full comments below.