Chris Rock Urged to Drop Out as Oscar Host

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Chris Rock urged to drop out as Oscar host

The L.A. chapter of Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network is calling on Rock to drop out as host of this year’s Academy Awards. The group would also like white actors including Sylvester Stallone, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to boycott this year’s ceremony. “Chris Rock hosting an all-white Oscars would be insulting and demeaning,” says Najee Ali of the L.A. chapter of the National Action Network. “It sends the message African-Americans are good enough to be presenters and entertain us but not worthy enough to be nominated for awards. Your job is to keep us laughing as whites only will receive Oscar awards tonight.” PLUS: Whoopi Goldberg calls Oscar boycott a “slap in the face” at Chris Rock, and why Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith should do what Eddie Murphy did at the 1988 Oscars.

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