Pressure is mounting for comic Chris Rock to pull from his character as the race discrimination row continues to gather momentum, hosting the Oscars 2016. Fast & Furious 7 celebrity Tyrese Gibson has spoken out encouraging him to stop although rock, 50, seems to be standing from the Academy Awards. There’s absolutely no JOKE YOU CAN CRACK TO EVER CHANGE THE WAY MOST OF US FEEL.”Rock hasn’t released a statement concerning the controversy however he did joke in regards to the race row, tweeting on 15 January: “The #Oscars.
Describing his choice to steer clear of the service, filmmaker Spike Lee said the nominations will stay “lily white”, while Reverend Al Sharpton said: “To me, it’s clear which they believe they are able to get away with this as a design. We have to escalate our feelings and we have to escalate our activism to now, within my view, impact the bottom line, because appeals and only dialogues do not appear to reap any benefits or change for the community at large. You have to keep in mind that people of colour are 40% of film ticket buyers.”
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has reacted expressing her distress in the dearth of diversity. Isaacs said: “Iwant to recognize the excellent work of the year’s nominees. While we observe their outstanding accomplishments, I’m both frustrated and heartbroken regarding the dearth of inclusion. This can be a challenging but significant dialogue, also it is time for big changes…”In 2016, the mandate is inclusion in all its own facets: sex, race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. We recognise the real problems of our community, and that I so appreciate all of you who’ve reached out to me in our attempt to move forward together.”
February 2016 the Oscars 2016 will happen in the Dolby Theatre in La on 28.