Ever since the 2016 Oscar nominations were announced, there has been a public outcry by several celebrities who have slammed the lack of diversity at the ceremony for the second straight year. Actor Tyrese Gibson has not only voiced his opinion on how it's wrong, but he also said that host Chris Rock should step down as the show's host.
In an interview with People, Gibson said he can't believe that lack of diversity is still a problem in 2016. The 37-year-old actor revealed he would like to see Rock step down as host for the 88th annual Academy Awards. Gibson went on to say that if all LGBT actors were left out of the categories and Rock was gay, he would have removed himself from the show already.
"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 gonna say this, and say that, I'm gonna to address the issue, and then I'm still gonna keep my gig as a host,'" Gibson said. "The statement that you make is you step down, that's what you do."
Gibson also added that he feels bad for his friend Leonard DiCaprio because if this is the year he finally gets an Oscar, the issue of racism is the main story going into the ceremony. You can watch the full interview here.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group responsible for nominating and choosing Oscar winners, failed to nominate any minorities in several major categories this year, including Best Actor and Best Actress. Celebrities like Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith have spoken out about boycotting this year's ceremony.
So far, Rock has not stepped down as host of the ceremony. On Jan. 15, Rock posted a tweet with a promo video for the show. The post read "The #Oscars. The White BET Awards."
The 2016 Oscars airs on Sunday, Feb. 28, on ABC.