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Tyrese Calls For Chris Rock To Step Down From Hosting The Oscars

Tyrese wants the comedian to "do the right thing."

As the controversy surrounding the Academy Awards, celebs from Lupita Nyong'o to George Clooney have been speaking out against the lack of non-white nominees in major categories this year. Tyrese Gibson is the latest star to weigh in, and he's looking to Chris Rock - who's scheduled to host the event - to stand down as a show of solidarity with his protesting peers.

"Do the right thing. Make a statement," the model/actor said on Instagram yesterday. "We're relying on you to do the right thing. There is no joke you can crack to ever change the way we all feel."

Tyrese previously spoke on the subject via an Instagram video.

"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 wrote in the caption. "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."

#AgressiveRant This is my message to today's LAZY LEADERS.. The ones who are so concerned about being black balled out of this town and industry that they would rather SIT on their hands and cry at home to their wives and girlfriends and not DO anything.. The ones who only pop and talk shit on social media and DO nothing.. The ones who wanna protest but ONLY protest when it's convenient. It's SAD SAD SAD to see that were still living in a generation of "Followers" and not enough REAL LEADERS... Every March Dr King initiated. He could of been killed, this was long before social media and CSI and DNA, and or all of this high tech stuff that we have NOW to find murderers at our disposal.. Yeah you may have 60 million followers on your little pink ass Facebook and Instagram but it doesn't mean SHIT if you ain't using your influence to effect change..You got money??? You turnt?? That's cool.... Can anybody tell me HOW MUCH Dr Martin Luther King Jr was worth when he stood on that balcony and was assassinated??? Did he have a fancy car on 26" wheels as apart of his statement to effect change??? How was it possible that a million people showed up for his I HAVE A DREAM Speech without him tweeting or putting it up on his social media?? Cause HE was a true leader.. #OscarsSoWhite..??? Mainstream Radio?? only playing white artist when THEY sing R&B Soul???? This is modern day racism.. I fear NO MAN.. I fear NO SYSTEM. I don't seek your validation and I don't need your approval.. But I won't sit down and sit ON my hands and just let this ALL go down without speaking On it.. It's really really sad to see that press and media coverage that Donald Trump is getting when he CLEARLY doesn't represent the VOICE of America.. 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 Oder for someone to finally step UP and wanna do something... 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...

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According to a source that spoke with the website Naughty Gossipthe comedian is under "extreme pressure" to step down from the gig.

"Many leaders in the black community think he would help progress be made if he quits his hosting job," the source said. "Chris is listening to what they have to say, but thinks he will have a bigger impact by doing the show. He thinks it is easier to make a difference from the inside. Chris has already started to write white people jokes for the show."

Chris has yet to respond publicly. 

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