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Mon Jul 25 08:19:44 SAST 2016

Tyrese Gibson thinks Chris Rock should step down as Oscars host

Bang Showbiz | 21 January, 2016 13:39
Tyrese Gibson
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Tyrese Gibson thinks Chris Rock should make a ''statement'' for diversity by not hosting the Oscars.

The 'Furious 7' actor insists there is no way the comic can use his position to properly address the lack of diversity in this year's nominations, so should take a stand by pulling out of the event.

He said: ''There is no joke that he can crack. There is no way 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.

The statement that you make is that you step down.'' The 37-year-old star compared the controversy to gay rights issues, claiming that if the problem was LGBT related, a homosexual host would have stepped down straight away.

He told People Magazine: ''If the host Chris Rock was a homosexual he would have stepped down already.'' Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee have already announced they won't be attending this year, and Tyrese thinks they're doing the right thing.

He said: ''If you have a problem with feeling like you're being excluded, all across the board, you don't just sit on your hands and complain. You fix it.'' 50 Cent has also called for Chris to pull out of his hosting role. Alongside a picture of the comic, he posted on Instagram: ''Chris please do not do the Oscar awards. You mean a lot man, don't do it. Please.''

The 'Top 5' star hasn't addressed the calls for him to step down but recently poked fun at the all-white acting nominees. He tweeted: ''The #Oscars. The White BET Awards (sic).''

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