Comedian Chris Rock is facing enormous pressure to drop out as host of the 2016 Academy Awards while debate regarding the lack of diversity among Oscar nominees intensifies.
The #OscarsSoWhite debate has gained considerable momentum after major stars have announced a boycott of the event after no non-white actors were nominated in the acting categories for the second consecutive year, BBC reports.
“Please do not do the Oscars awards,” rapper 50 Cent pleaded on Instagram. “You mean a lot man, don’t do it. Please.”
Fast & Furious 7 star Tyrese Gibson also appealed to the comedian to pull out of hosting: “There is no way for him to seize the moment 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,” he added.
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith and director Spike Lee were first to announce they will be boycotting the event, while Whoopi Goldberg and George Clooney recently added they voices to the debate.
Now Dustin Hoffman has chimed in, saying the nominations list is proof of the “subliminal racism” that continues to exist in Hollywood. Birdman star Michael Keaton also said the Academy voters were “maliciously prejudicial” and that they were “possibly out of touch.”
Keaton’s co-star in the journalism-based drama Spotlight, Mark Ruffalo, is one of the nominees and said he supports the boycott “in essence,” but he would still be attending.
The 2016 Academy Awards is set to take place on February 28.