50 Cent calls on Chris Rock to step down as Oscars host in #OscarsSoWhite boycott

Rapper protests against the lack of diversity in this year's nominations

Rapper 50 Cent has called on Chris Rock to step down as Oscars host as part of a boycott against the lack of diversity at the awards show.

A number of high-profile actors and film-makers have criticised this year’s nominations, including Spike Lee, who has revealed he will be boycotting the ceremony next month.

Comedian Rock is set to host the 2016 Oscars on February 28, but now 50 Cent has added his voice to calls for him to step down as part of the ongoing #OscarsSoWhite protest.

50 Cent took to Instagram to write: “Chris please do not do the oscars awards. You mean a lot man, don’t do it. Please”.

Rock himself previously addressed the issue by jokingly referring to the Oscars as the “white BET Awards”. The BET Awards is hosted annually by the Black Entertainment Television network and celebrates the best of African American culture.

Chris please do not do the oscars awards. You mean a lot man, don’t do it. Please

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In the wake of the ongoing #OscarsSoWhite controversy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), the organisation behind the Oscars, has said she is “heartbroken and frustrated” by the lack of diversity in this year’s nominations.

She has also pledged to “conduct a review of our membership recruitment in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond”. Read her full statement here.