Chris Rock's Asian Joke At The Oscars Didn't Fly Well With, Erm, Asians
Asians from all walks of the American life weren't laughing.
What happened: Chris Rock made, what has been accused of as, a lazy and crass Asian joke at the Oscars.
Context: Three Asian children, dressed in little tux, came on stage. Rock introduced them as "Ming Zhu, Bao Ling, and David Moskowitz," the "most dedicated, accurate, and hard-working" accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers, the firm that tabulates the Oscar votes. He then joked, "If anybody’s upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was also made by these kids."
Response: (As below).
Jeremy Lin | Basketball player, Charlotte Hornets
Constance Wu | Actress, Fresh Off The Boat
To parade little kids on stage w/no speaking lines merely to be the butt of a racist joke is reductive & gross. Antithesis of progress.— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) February 29, 2016
Wilfred Chan | Writer and producer, CNN
David Kwong | Magician and crossword writer, The New York Times
Jen Chae | Blogger
How unnecessary to make fun of Asians on the #Oscars when Hollywood isn't even evolved enough to give Asians Asian-specific roles yet.— Jen Chae (@frmheadtotoe) February 29, 2016
Grace Hwang Lynch | Writer and editor
Umm, no @chrisrock. Using little Asian kids to joke about math stereotypes and child labor isn't funny.— Grace Hwang Lynch (@HapaMamaGrace) February 29, 2016
Steven Cuevas | Musical director
Now that Leo is no longer "overdue," can we make a meme or a stink about an Asian Best Actress winner? 88 years and counting... #Oscars— Steven Cuevas (@StevenMCuevas) February 29, 2016
Ashley Lee | Reporter, The Hollywood Reporter
Jada Yuan | Writer, New York Magazine
Asian men have won acting #Oscars 3 times: Yul Brynner in 1956, Ben Kingsley in 1982, & Haing Ngor in 1984, beating Mr. Miyagi— Jada Yuan (@jadabird) February 29, 2016
Well, that escalated quickly.