Jeremy Lin Slams Chris Rock's Asian Jokes: The basketball star said he was "tired" of it being "cool" to bash Asians
Lin vented his frustration telling his 1.51 million followers that he was “tired of it being ‘cool’ and ‘OK’ to bash Asians.” Lin also asked the question “when is this going to change?”
Chris Rock’s Oscars made a powerful point about racism–until it threw Asians under the bus
But my amusement was shortlived. You see, during the tedious but obligatory live promo segment for the accounting firm of PriceWaterhouseCooper—the company that tallies the votes from the Academy’s 94% white membership in order to determine which of the white nominees will win awards—Rock and his writers apparently decided to juice things up a bit. Introducing the firm’s “most dedicated, accurate and hard working representatives “Ming Zhu, Bao Ling and David Moskowitz” Rock welcomed to the stage three Asian American kids who were clearly dazzled by the glare of the spotlights and attention. The room offered up polite, uncertain applause, to which Rock, clearly expecting this discomfort, delivered the kicker: “If anybody’s upset about that joke, just Tweet about it on your phone—that was also made by these kids.”
For those keeping track at home, that’s an Asian Model Minority stereotype joke wrapped around a gag with a whiff of anti-Semitism (Asians, the new Jews, amirite?) followed by a joke about Asian sweatshops and child labor.
The whooshing sound Rock may have heard as his child actors exited the stage was the collective noise of gut-punched Asian American viewers simultaneously releasing their breath. This momentary paused was followed very quickly by an outcry on social media.
It was an unfortunate, embarrassing, and frankly ugly moment—given that the three cute Asian American kids seemed—like Stacey Dash—entirely unaware that they were being made the butt of the joke. This after, as The LA Times’s black Twitter correspondent Dex Thomas noted, the 2016 Oscars had featured more Minions than Asians onstage. (Minions would feature later in another joke orchestrated by Sacha Baron Cohen—dressed as his hiphop caricature Ali G—riffing on an “overlooked” group of “yellow people with tiny dongs.”)
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That’s an improvement. It sure beats praising gawd…or you know…
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