Oscars 2016 host, Chris Rock, has received several recommendations to boycott the 88th Grammy Awards. Artists of color have relayed their disappointment with regards to a “lack of diversity” in the Oscars 2016 nominations, wherein not a single black film landed a spot in the categories.
Artists such as Tyrese Gibson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lupita Nyong’o and director Spike Lee have shared their thoughts on the issue in their respective social media accounts. Gibson, however, suggested through an interview that Rock should step down as the event’s host.
After the Oscars 2016 nominations were revealed last January 14, 2016, several artists of color in the entertainment industry reacted negatively to the results since not one black movie or artist was nominated for an award. In fact, artists referred to the standard of choices as results that lacked diversity. These artists included Jada Pinkett Smith, Lupita Nyong’o, director Spike Lee, and “Fast 7” actor, Tyrese Gibson.
Gibson guested in America’s “Today” show last Wednesday and stated, “I would just say this: at the end of the day, enough is enough. When you have talent and you have gifts, it’s not that you seek the validation of non-blacks and say, ‘I’m nothing until you validate me (with an Oscar nod)’, it’s just a matter of wat’s fair is what’s fair.”
The video for the interview was as follows:
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Gibson added, “When you go to the BET Awards, we nominate Sam Smith and Robin Thicke because they’re putting out great records. Adele is gonna end up with nominations at the BET Awards, so folks are not being left out, but, at the end of the day, if you’re bringing your best game, and you’re bringing your best to the table as an actor, an actress, a filmmaker, writer, producer, you should be recognized (by the Academy) to have the opportunity to win the most significant award there is in the movie field like everyone else.”
Gibson also made a suggestion directed towards the Oscars 2016 host, Chris Rock, and said, “Chris Rock should definitely step down, and everyone who’s thinking of attending, if you’re friends with African-Americans, if you love ‘em the way we know you do, get outta there! Make a statement! That’s how you affect change.”
He added, “Don’t keep showing up, acting as if you don’t know what’s going on, thinking about you Think about the future generation. We cannot affect change if we don’t stand up for something.”
Gibson’s statements also suggested that director Lee relayed a message for artists of color to boycott the said event. In response, Lee stated during an interview on Good Morning America, “All I said was we’re not coming (to the Oscars), and that’s it, and then I gave the reasons. So I never used the word boycott… I’m not going. My wife’s not going. Everyone else can do what they want to do.”
Lee also relayed his disappointed about the “lack of diversity” issue on the Oscars 2016 nominations announced last week through his official social media account.
Being an artist of color in the entertainment industry, Chris Rock also relayed his own voice impliedly when he shared a video of himself speaking as the host for the upcoming event captioned, “The #Oscars. The White BET Awards.”
The #Oscars. The White BET Awards.
Posted by Chris Rock on Friday, January 15, 2016
Gibson continued with his statement with regards to Chris Rock’s position in the upcoming awards night and 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.”
Do you think the Oscars 2016 host, Chris Rock, will comply with Tyrese Gibson’s notion and step down as the event’s host? Will he follow suit with artists of color such as Jada Pinkett Smith and director Spike Lee to not attend the ceremony altogether?