Oscars: Social Media Users Demand Host Chris Rock Step Down After No Black Actors Nominated

Oscars: Social Media Users Demand Host Chris Rock Step Down After No Black Actors Nominated

The controversy over the lack of people of color represented at the 2016 Oscars has spilled over to host Chris Rock. Fans are urging the comedian to step down from his hosting duties in solidarity. Click through to see their tweets!

Chris Rock, 50, is facing incredible pressure to bow out as host of the 88th Annual Academy Awards over the fact that no actors of color were nominated for Oscars, for the second year in a row. Fans are calling for Chris to step down as host to stand with the people snubbed, and the comedian is stuck. Click through to see his fans’ angry tweets!

 For the second year in a row, the Academy failed to nominate any people of color for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress or Best Director, sparking a movement called “#OscarsSoWhite.” The Academy’s actions have led to a widespread boycott of the February 28 broadcast, and famous faces like this year’s honorary award winner Spike Lee, and Jada Pinkett Smith, have vowed to not watch the awards show. Because of the failure to include people of color in major awards categories, many of Chris’ fans are demanding he refuse to host the Oscars.

Whoa. These fans are clearly passionate about this topic, and want Chris to help them take a stand against the Academy. But Chris is also getting encouragement on the other side to stand firm and still host the Oscars — even from Jada and Spike; they feel he shouldn’t have this huge role taken away from him. And for every upset tweet, there was a supportive one aimed at Chris, too.

@chrisrock Stay the course. You hosting #Oscars2016 and @reghud producing the show is an important platform for us. Knock it out the park!!” one person tweeted. “I’m not against a boycott of the Oscars, but Chris Rock has the PERFECT platform to bring light & make people feel uncomfortable,” tweeted another.

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