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Tyrese Suggests Chris Rock Should Not Host Oscars Due to Lack of Diversity

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Tyrese Suggests Chris Rock Should Not Host Oscars Due to Lack of Diversity

Tyrese was one of the first to speak out in support of boycotting the Oscars after it was revealed that all the acting nominations went to white performers for the second year in a row. Now, he appears to be questioning whether comedian Chris Rock should be hosting the awards show.

On Monday, Martin Luther King Day, Tyrese went on a rant about those choosing not to protest the awards show. “Is Chris Rock still gonna host the Oscars after this blatant racism?? Is everyone still gonna show up?? In this town, I guess it takes homosexuals to be discriminated against in order for someone to finally step UP and wanna do something,” he declared. “You have to take your hat off to the homosexual and gay community cause right now they’re as strong as black people USE to be when it comes to their rights.”

WATCH: Whoopi Goldberg Slams Oscars Boycott — It Pisses Me Off!

On Wednesday, Tyrese continued his argument, writing: “If Andy Cohen of [Watch What Happens Live] was hosting the Oscars and they purposely left out all gays and or homosexuals from being nominated, HE would of stepped down already. This is a #fact.”

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In 2015, no gay men or women were nominated in the acting categories at the Oscars, but Neil Patrick Harris, a homosexual man, hosted the awards show. At this year’s Academy Awards, not one LGBT person was nominated in the four acting categories.

The 37-year-old Furious 7 actor went on to say that while he wholeheartedly supports the boycott of the Oscars, he still thinks Leonardo DiCaprio deserves to win for his role in The Revenant. “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,” Tyrese quipped. “Leo looooooveeessssss black people!!!!!! Leo in my homie!!!!!”

MORE: Chris Rock Calls the Oscars the ‘White BET Awards’

However, not everyone agrees with Tyrese about boycotting the Academy Awards. “I don’t know if avoiding it altogether is going to help, but I just think we have to continue to move forward,” Niecy Nash told ET at the Critics’ Choice Awards. “We have this awareness and this spotlight — we’ve got to look at other work. There’s other work out there that I think was missed. We’ve just got to do better.”

Jackie Willis
20 January 2016
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Celebrities Pay Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on social media

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Today marked the 30th Celebration of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday and to pay tribute and their respect, many stars posted heartfelt messages to their social media feeds. Here are some of the interesting dedications we found via Twitter from Mariah Carey, Ava DeVernay, Lady Gaga, and Gigi Hadid.

Mariah Carey posted an image of Dr. King with that included a famous quote from the civil rights leader that read, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

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‘Selma’ director Ava DuVernay posted an image of a young Dr. King and wrote a caption, “This is one of my favorite images of Dr. King. Unburdened. With the future in front of him. I’m glad he chose us. xo

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Supermodel Gigi Hadid posted King’s famous quote, “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Hadid included a caption that read, “This is something I am so dedicated to. In honor of MLK let’s never forget it’s so much easier to LOVE!”

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Lady Gaga posted a black and white image of Dr. King and offered up one of his famous quotes, “We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools.”

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Acclaimed Filmmaker Spike Lee to Boycott Oscars

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Spike Lee at the premiere of his latest film, “Chi-Raq,” at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York.                                                                                                                                                                        Credit Charles Sykes/Invision, via Associated Press

Legendary Director Spike Lee will not attend the Oscars. The filmmaker is the latest in a long line of entertainment industry power houses to voice an opinion of the Academy Awards not recognizing people of color.

The outcry over African-American actors being snubbed from this year’s Oscars hopefuls has reached a breaking point, especially on social media where the hashtag, “Oscars So White” has brought more attention to the omission of black actors for the awards show.

On Monday, the director announced that he would not be attending the ceremony on Feb. 28.

Via Instagram, Lee asked how it was possible that there were no nominations for black actors for the second year running. After revealing that he nor his wife would attend the esteemed awards show, Lee added, “Dr. King said, “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but he must take it because conscience tells him it’s right.”

The Hollywood legend accepted an honorary Oscar in November for his collective body of work. He did offer these words in the post, “I would like to thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and the Board of Governors of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for awarding me an Honorary Oscar this past November. I am most appreciative. However my wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee and I will not be attending the Oscar ceremony this coming February. We cannot support it and mean no disrespect to my friends, host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs and The Academy.”

 

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