The 2016 Oscar Nominations have caused a stir on social media and among the Hollywood elite over a clear lack of diversity among the nominees.
"If Andy Cohen of #WWHL was hosting the Oscars and they purposely left out all gays and or homosexuals from being nominated for an #Oscar HE would of stepped down already", Gibson wrote in a Facebook post.
Oscars host Chris Rock is coming under increasing calls to boycott the awards ceremony in the aftermath of the controversial nominations last week, in which none of the 20 acting nominations went to a black or ethnic minority actor. Oscar winners George Clooney and Lupita Nyong'o have spoken out.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs has responded to the boycott in a statement expressing her distress at the lack of diversity on the nominations list. This is a hard but important conversation, and it's time for big changes...
Hip hop artist and mogul 50 Cent joins actor Tyrese Gibson in calling for Rock to turn down his hosting duties for the awards show in response to the #OscarsSoWhite issue.
Gibson praised the actions of Lee and Pinkett-Smith in his interview.
The Furious 7 actor also told the publication he is anxious the controversy might overshadow the work of fellow actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who has been nominated for Best Actor for his role in the critically acclaimed film The Revenant.
Gibson concluded by clarifying the outrage, saying it's not about combating the Oscars, but simply standing up for what is right. "We're just saying, 'Yo, this is not cool.' You can't be doing this in 2016 and act as if no one is gonna notice".
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.
The 2016 Oscars airs on Sunday, Feb. 28, on ABC.