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Tyrese Criticizes Chris Rock’s Oscar Monologue After Jada Pickett Diss

Many people praised Chris Rock’s opening monologue because he addressed the issue of lack of diversity at this year’s Oscars head on but some celebrities like Tyrese weren’t so happy about it. The actor/singer took to Instagram to criticise Chris Rock,

“Someone posted the tasteless joke that Chris Rock did in his opening,” he wrote. “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???? 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.”

During the opening speech, the comedian took a shot at Jada Pickett’s Oscar boycott saying,

“Jada got mad, Jada says she’s not coming, protesting, I’m like — doesn’t she have a TV show? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited.”

Earlier in January, Tyrese called on Chris Rock to step down as host for the Oscars because of lack of diversity,

There is no joke that he can crack. There is no way for him to seize the moment and come into this thing 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,‘ ” Tyrese told PEOPLE. “The statement that you make is that you step down.”

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