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Tyrese to Chris Rock: ‘Shame on you’

Tyrese Gibson has chastised Chris Rock for calling out Will Smith and his wife Jada for their Oscars boycott at Sunday’s (28Feb16) prizegiving.
Officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have been under fire since January (16), when it was revealed that no black stars had been nominated for the top acting or directing categories for the second consecutive year.
The Smiths decided to protest by boycotting Hollywood’s big night, and they were not in attendance on Sunday.
Oscars host Chris didn’t shy away from the controversy and took aim at the acting couple in his opening monologue.
“Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties; I wasn’t invited,” he joked. “I get it, Jada’s mad her man Will wasn’t nominated for Concussion. I get it. It’s not fair that Will was this good and didn’t get nominated. It’s also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for Wild, Wild West.”
Will and Jada have yet to respond to Rock’s comments, but R&B singer/actor Tyrese, who supported the boycott, is hitting back at Chris for “tearing down” Jada Pinkett Smith.
“I didn’t watch – I didn’t – but online people are talking and someone posted the tasteless joke that Chris Rock did in his opening,” he wrote on Instagram.com. “Did you really use your STAGE to tear down and diminish one of the strongest most fearless black women IN this town as the world watched.
“Jokes are just jokes right????,” Tyrese continued. “Not when someone is trying to affect change……… Not when someone is willing to put it ALL on the line to affect change for our daughters and sons of the future…….. Shame on you Chris Rock…”
It’s not the only Oscars joke that has stirred controversy. Chris is also under fire for poking fun at Asian stereotypes in a skit in which he presented three “accountants” to the audience, who actually turned out to be Asian children wearing suits, an apparent reference to the race’s mathematical expertise.
“If anybody is upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone, which was also made by these kids,” Chris said, seemingly making an inappropriate reference to the child labour issue in Asia.
Chris has since been slammed online by many Asian American celebrities, including actress Constance Wu, who took to Twitter to fume, “To parade little kids on stage w/no speaking lines merely to be the butt of a racist joke is reductive & gross.”
The Top Five star has yet to respond to the criticism.

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