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."
According to a source that spoke with the website Naughty Gossip, the 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.