Jeremy Lin slams Chris Rock, Oscars for questionable Asians joke
Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin took to social media on Monday to slam both Chris Rock and the Oscars for what arguably could be called a severely tone-deaf bit involving stereotyping Asians.
The Academy Awards of course were broadcast under a cloud of controversy involving the absence of people of color among the nominees, something Rock admirably and amusingly confronted in his opening monologue.
The prevalence of said issue is what made an ill-conceived bit involving Asian children offered up as supposed bankers from PriceWaterhouseCoopers seem so out of tune with the tone of the entire evening.
“They sent us their most dedicated, accurate and hard working representatives,” Rock said. “Please welcome Ming Zhu, Bao Ling and David Moskowitz.”
These kids look like the job of PriceWaterhouseCoopers accountant terrifies them. #Oscars pic.twitter.com/XNlrREej2Y
— Lance Ulanoff (@LanceUlanoff) February 29, 2016
Rock then added:“If anybody’s upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was also made by these kids.”
Lin, like many others, didn’t see the humor in the bit — although some have suggested Rock and the writers were purposely being tasteless to make yet another critique of the “whitewashing” of Hollywood — taking to Twitter to condemn the notion that these kind of “jokes” are still humorous in this day and age.
Seriously though, when is this going to change?!? Tired of it being "cool" and "ok" to bash Asians smh #Oscars https://t.co/1nBvAd3V0q
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) February 29, 2016
Suffice to say, Lin’s tweet caused reactions from several different perspectives.