Chris Rock shook things up and lived up to the hype that surrounded this year’s Oscar. There was barely a minute between lines in his monologue that the subject didn’t involve racism or lack of diversity in Hollywood.
Rock made some bold statement all through the evening, but perhaps his biggest mistake was when he brought three Asian children on stage. He knew exactly what he was doing and was aiming for a bit of controversy. It worked alright.
The Independent recaps the moment. Chris Rock brought three Asian children on stage, calling them “bankers” from the finance firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers.
“They sent us their most dedicated, accurate and hard working representatives,” Rock said. “Please welcome Ming Zhu, Bao Ling and David Moskowitz.”
Rock knew that would get a reaction.
“If anybody’s upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was also made by these kids,” he continued.
Rock not only addressed child slave labor, but suggested Asians are the best at math skills. Many took to Twitter in a quick backlash.
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
— Eliel Cruz (@elielcruz) February 29, 2016
Many were also offended that Chris Rock didn’t mention the lack of diversity when it came to additional minorities, such a Latinos, Asians, and plenty of others. Instead, Rock kept the primary focus on blacks. It was problematic for a lot of viewers of other races.
Thanks Chris Rock 4 proving diversity only means ur community while u make fun of Asian children on stage. Only ur community matters right?
— Victoria (@VictoriaCosplay) February 29, 2016
— Ashley Lee (@cashleelee) February 29, 2016
What did you think of Chris Rock’s hosting gig at the Oscars?