Tyrese was absolutely not here for the shade that Chris Rock dished out to Jada Pinkett Smith in front of viewers and Hollywood’s elite during Sunday’s 88th Academy Awards.
During his opening monologue, Chris called out Jada for her call to boycott the awards ceremony, “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,” he said.
The crowd screamed in laughter but like many of us African American media covering, Tyrese thought it was no laughing matter. The singer/actor took to social media following the show to address his disgust with Rock. He shared a video on Instagram along with the explicit caption:
“I didn’t watch – I didn’t – but online people are talking and someone posted the tasteless joke that Chris Rock did in his opening – 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 – Now let me run to YouTube and watch Leo’s acceptance speech………… So fucking proud of you Leo……”
Chris Rock seemed to rise to the top on the backs of his people. He has always joked and talked about the African American community in a way that made White America feel comfortable. Chris Rock was the obvious token Nigga to hat to make the Academy of Arts and Sciences feel comfortable with not nominating one African American.